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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Goodbye to SOWPODS

When I got home on Sunday night one of the first things I did was ceremoniously drop my much loved and used Redwood into the bin. It had seen better days. I had bought it at the 1999 WSC from a 'little old lady' under a table - it was a banned book. Since then I had manually updated it when the new OSWI had come out. I liked it because it marked the words with £ for British only and $ for U.S. only. Poncho obviously liked it too as he had chewed the cover so the corner is now missing, and the spine was long gone.

I have just managed to track down my OSWI and it has now suffered the same fate.

I can now concentrate fully on my studying without having to quickly check when a word comes up that I do not know whether it is a 'new' word or just one I didn't know. It is quite scary how many 'old' fives I didn't know - it is obviously far too long since I went through them.

Zyzzyva is proving to be a very useful study program. I am using it at the moment solely in cardbox quiz mode. The only problem with it is that if you miss a couple of days, as I did this weekend, the volume of questions waiting for you becomes overwhelming. Yesterday morning I had 2500 when I first went in and it must have added another 300 or so during the day. I got it down to around 1850 when I went in this morning but it is going to take most of the week to get it back to manageable. Paul is asking who is in control - me or it...

6 comments:

Henry Yeo said...

definitey......IT!

Anonymous said...

Looks like the dog is digesting the info. better than you are. Why not enter the dog?

Phil Robertshaw said...

It's a shame that someone thinks it's clever to make jibes anonymously in your personal blog - very cowardly.

I've not tried a cardbox quiz yet but have been adding things to the cardbox and it sounds like it's going to be a lot of work when I eventually get round to it!

Anonymous said...

You sound stiff enough to be part of the box! Get a life and enjoy yourself.

Anonymous said...

I am inclined to agree with anonymous. How can a blogg be personal? I am afraid it is the cardboard box for you. A.R.L

Hels said...

As a scrabble player I must point out that BLOG(S), BLOGGER(S) and BLOGGING(S) have just entered the fray with the adoption of CSW, but I challenge BLOGG off the board.

I think Poncho prefers his hobbies of chasing small furry animals and sleeping...

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