Sunday, January 10, 2010

Word Verification? - 11-th edition

Here are more of the "word verifications" I spotted while commenting on blogs; along with my impression of their meaning. Each one has been verified against dictionary.com and wikipedia. First edition was posted as Round 1. Today's words:

aplaw
dictionary.com - NOT a word, suggested "apolar"
wikipedia - NOT a word, suggested "apply"
Lew's definition: ap-law - cell phone download restrictions

suman
dictionary.com - NOT a word, suggested "saman"
wikipedia - IS a rice cake made in the Philippines; also a proper name.
Lew's definition: su-man - a fast talking lawyer.

byssn
dictionary.com - NOT a word, suggested "Byssin".
wikipedia - NOT a word, suggested "bys".
Lew's definition: by-ssn - bring your Social security number (acryonym used by most places we go since retiring!).

Bonus word
uncentz
dictionary.com - NOT a word, suggested "incents".
wikipedia - NOT a word, suggested "unsent".
Lew's 4 definitions: un-centz - 1. no smell, 2. free, 3. uncommon sense, 4 no centz at all.

And in recognition of the fact that the American Dialect Society has chosen "Google" as the word of the past decade, I googled these words. Here are he results:
aplaw does not appear, but there are about 61,800 refereences to "aplaws".
suman has about 9,080,000 hits.Those rice cakes must be popular and so is the name Suman.
byssn has 1,120 hits. Written "by SSN" is used in searches by using social security numbers.
uncentz has 4 hits, including the person Uncentz Maslowski.

3 comments:

imac said...

Interesting, but more interesting to make our words up too Lew.lol, when we all have Snowblues.

SaraG said...

I have wondered about some of those word verification words too!!
Never thought to actually look them up!!
Take care and Happy new Year to you.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

I watched a special on TV about this problem and the captcha words used to fool bots.