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Verbal decapitation #2731
05/22/00 03:23 AM
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What happens when you remove the letter a from the alphabet? You b-head it.
Each of this week's words sprouts another word if you behead it. Go ahead,
try it. Decollate these words. Decapitate them. You won't hurt a thing.
Nor would the word-police arrest you, for in each instance you would be
generating another word, a 100% dictionary word.


Re: Verbal decapitation #2732
05/23/00 01:59 PM
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lever!


Re: Verbal decapitation #2733
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bounce, discard, decrease, compose... do I have the idea?


Re: Verbal decapitation #2734
05/23/00 10:33 PM
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so far, the pattern has been to drop just the initial letter, in which case bounce qualifies.

here's another: pregnant

Re: Verbal decapitation #2735
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That gives me an idea. What is the longest word in the English language that can be continuously decapitated to form a new word? The final word must be at most two letters long.

This doesn't do it but it'll give you an idea of what I mean: Clever, lever, ever.


Re: Verbal decapitation #2736
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_lever:

Well, you figured out mine. Will cogitate for more.


Re: Quakers #2737
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Yesterday’s citation referring to Quakers is pretty heavy and stern stuff from Thomas Paine. Here are some lighter glimpses of Quakers, who are known for their "quiet’ meetings:

- Two Quakers come doorknocking and when the front door is opened, they don’t say anything.

- "I am a Quaker; in case of emergency, please be quiet." [badge popular in Quaker circles]

Cheers from a ‘quakerly’ paulb.



Re: Verbal decapitation #2738
05/26/00 12:39 PM
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here's an interesting one: squash

so, a new subclass; words which when beheaded give a word with a related sense



Re: Verbal decapitation #2739
05/27/00 02:53 AM
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Smashing!


Re: Verbal decapitation #2740
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Actually, taking off the 'ing, Smash works well...

smash, mash, ash, sh...


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