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Author Topic: Eeyorish?  (Read 683 times)

jeddings

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Eeyorish?
« on: February 27, 2017, 06:07:01 PM »
How do people feel about the word "eeyorish"?

It's a word that sounds made up, and really makes it seem like, as the constructor, I'm cheating but...

...it is in online dictionaries and used in articles from Slate, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, and Forbes. It's also a word that the meaning is pretty obvious.

Thoughts?

Jeff

mmcbs

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Re: Eeyorish?
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2017, 05:45:28 AM »
Of course, every word was made up at one time, but as long as you're not making it up for a particular puzzle, that's OK. It really all depends on the situation (publisher, day of the week, type of puzzle). A few editors would insist on it being a "real" word, meaning actually in dictionaries, but many like to use such entries. Argument against: although it's been used in respected publications, it has so few occurrences that it's likely no one who sees this puzzle will have ever seen the word in print. Argument for: its meaning is obvious (unless you don't know who Eeyore is), it's cute, and it's a debut word. You get to decide whether to try it, and the editor gets to decide whether to OK it. Good luck!
Mark McClain
Salem, Virginia, USA
https://crosswordsbymark.wordpress.com/

jeddings

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Re: Eeyorish?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2017, 11:54:56 AM »
Wow, really valuable feedback! Thank you!

 


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