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    #1

    vague words

    I'm not sure about the existence of these words, maybe you could help.
    1. exsiccated
    2. exsert
    3. exscind
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    Re: vague words

    #2 is in the Concise Oxford Dictionary; #1 and #3 are not.

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    #3

    Re: vague words

    The One Look dictionary search lists multiple entries of them all.

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    #4

    Re: vague words

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The One Look dictionary search lists multiple entries of them all.

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    Are they any possibilities that some words exits in US dictionaries but are not in UK dictionaries because they are not used or common there?

    Therefore, there is a discrepancy in the lexicons of English varieties.

    Thank you.

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    #5

    Re: vague words

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    Are they any possibilities that some words exits in US dictionaries but are not in UK dictionaries because they are not used or common there?

    Therefore, there is a discrepancy in the lexicons of English varieties.

    Thank you.
    I'd never met with "exsert" or "exsiccated" before and neither had my Linux (American) spell checker. I would use "extend" and "dessicated".
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 06-Jan-2011 at 12:09. Reason: correction

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    Re: vague words

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    Are they any possibilities that some words exits in US dictionaries but are not in UK dictionaries because they are not used or common there?

    Therefore, there is a discrepancy in the lexicons of English varieties.
    There are indeed some words that exist in some varieties of English and not in others. There are also words which have different meanings in different varieties.

    However, there are a number of words which are so rare in all varieties that it is simply a matter of which words individual lexicographers admit. Your three words come into that last category, IMO.

    None of the three can be found in the Corpus of Contemporary American English.
    Last edited by 5jj; 06-Jan-2011 at 12:53. Reason: Corpus info added.

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