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Posted: 15 August 2014 03:48 AM   [ Ignore ]
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A somewhat excessive article.

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Posted: 15 August 2014 06:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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As a player, I found it an interesting account.

Moley’s not a word?

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Posted: 15 August 2014 01:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Moley’s not just a word, he’s a character in The Wind in the Willows, who occasionally joins a friend or two to munch a mouthful of lotos (in his day, that was still legal for recreational purposes)

But, propt on beds of amaranth with Moley,
How sweet (while warm airs lull us, blowing lowley)
With half-dropt eyelids still
Beneath a heaven dark and holey
To watch the long bright river drawing slowley
His waters from the purple hill……..

(A. Tennyson, The Lotos-Eaters)

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Posted: 15 August 2014 03:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I am glad the Moley was at least cut with amarinth. You wouldn’t want wholly Moley.

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Posted: 16 August 2014 03:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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It seems like a perfectly cromulent word word to me, but then Scrabble has its own rules and lists of acceptable words.

Moley is in the OED as both an adjective and noun. The adjective refers to something like, pertaining to or infested with moles, as in this line from a letter by Dylan Thomas, “I wish I could speedily return to Scotland: here it is low and sodden, moley and owly, rheumatic, cloddish, gustless.”

The noun is British slang for “a potato in which razor blades are embedded, used as a weapon.”

And I instantly though of another potential sense that is not in the OED, that of being infested with the other kind of mole, as in, “the witch had a moley face.”

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