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Sydneyd
01-28-2012, 07:58 AM
Scooched.

As in, "She scooched over on the sofa." How is that not a word? It is the word I want to use! It is the *only* word that will work!

*dramatic wail*

Grrrrrrrrr

M.Charles
01-28-2012, 08:00 AM
I thought it was 'scootched'.

Sydneyd
01-28-2012, 08:03 AM
Heh when I type scootched, it changes it to scotched, which is a completely different meaning. :D (And kind of a scary word)

M.Charles
01-28-2012, 08:04 AM
Heh when I type scootched, it changes it to scotched, which is a completely different meaning. :D (And kind of a scary word)
How about 'scooted'?

Sydneyd
01-28-2012, 08:13 AM
Yes of course, scooted would be an option, but scooched is the only word that will work perfectly! *throws body on floor and flings arms and legs*

M.Charles
01-28-2012, 08:18 AM
Yes of course, scooted would be an option, but scooched is the only word that will work perfectly! *throws body on floor and flings arms and legs*
So add it to your spell checker.

Problem solved...until editing/publication, of course ;)

Sydneyd
01-28-2012, 08:26 AM
heh great answer! I will let Future Sydney worry about it!

M.Charles
01-28-2012, 08:41 AM
Absolutely! No more limb flinging, now.

heyjude
01-28-2012, 03:24 PM
Scooched is absolutely positively a word. No doubt. Spell checker hates the really awesome words. It must be jealous.

regdog
01-28-2012, 03:26 PM
Scooched is absolutely positively a word. No doubt. Spell checker hates the really awesome words. It must be jealous.

Yes yes yes

Sydneyd
01-28-2012, 03:30 PM
Scooched is absolutely positively a word. No doubt. Spell checker hates the really awesome words. It must be jealous.

True that yo! I tried to argue.

Me: Spellcheck you are crazy. The woman scooched!

Spellcheck: (silence) *red line*

Me: Go $^@^ yourself!

Spellcheck: (silence)


Sigh.

heyjude
01-28-2012, 03:31 PM
Me: Go $^@^ yourself!

Spellcheck: (silence) *red lines $^@^*


FIFY

:D

Sydneyd
01-28-2012, 03:39 PM
FIFY

:D

You're right. That spellcheck is a cheeky little bugger.

RobJ
01-28-2012, 04:09 PM
Scooched isn't in my dictionary (Collins English Dictionary, Complete & Unabridged, 7th Ed, 2005). Of course, that doesn't prove that it's not a valid word, but it's a reasonably large dictionary. Unless scooched has made it in since 2005.

It has scooted. Not scootched.

Sydneyd
01-28-2012, 04:16 PM
Scooched isn't in my dictionary (Collins English Dictionary, Complete & Unabridged, 7th Ed, 2005). Of course, that doesn't prove that it's not a valid word, but it's a reasonably large dictionary. Unless scooched has made it in since 2005.

It has scooted. Not scootched.

Scoot or scooted is a perfectly wonderful word. I do not want the word to feel slighted. However, in my mind scooted, and scootched, (or scooched) convey different measurements. When some ones scooteds it is like a half a foot or more. When someone scootched (scooched) it is less than that. Like an inch. Or centimeter.

RobJ
01-28-2012, 04:22 PM
Oh, like inched?

Tepelus
01-28-2012, 04:33 PM
I use a lot of foreign names and words in my novel, so I'm always adding words to my dictionary or else I will have red squiggly lines everywhere.

heyjude
01-28-2012, 06:08 PM
Oh, like inched?

Inched is further, like, you know, an inch or multiples of inches. Scooch is less than that. Or maybe more. I dunno.

It's a perfectly cromulent word.

WriteMinded
01-28-2012, 06:27 PM
Yes. Scooch is a word. After reading this thread I was beginning to think it was a west coast kinda slang, but no. Look here:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=scooch

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/scooch

RobJ
01-28-2012, 06:51 PM
Yes. Scooch is a word. After reading this thread I was beginning to think it was a west coast kinda slang, but no. Look here:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=scooch

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/scooch
Sorted.


It's a perfectly cromulent word.
Oooh, you show-off. I bet you're bwilliant at Scwabble. ;)

KellyAssauer
01-28-2012, 06:56 PM
Heh when I type scootched, it changes it to scotched, which is a completely different meaning.

*doesn't mind being scotched* :D

heyjude
01-28-2012, 08:03 PM
Oooh, you show-off. I bet you're bwilliant at Scwabble. ;)

I am! I am! :e2file:

Ambrosia
01-28-2012, 08:37 PM
There are many legitimate words the spell checker doesn't like. When I find one that it gives me fits over, I just add it.


Remember, whoever programmed the spell checker was playing to the lowest common denominator. You are a writer. Do not be limited by such low expectations. ;)

Susan Littlefield
01-28-2012, 08:53 PM
Skooch is a word:

cooch/sko͞oCH/
Verb:
Crouch or squat.
Move in or pass through a restricted space: "waiters kept trying to scooch by."

However, scooch is not.

Ever read Jack London? He made up words all the time. His novels had footnotes with the meaning of the word after saying he made them up.

However, if I read someone scooched on the sofa, I would say, "huh?"

I vote for scoot. ;)

Susan Littlefield
01-28-2012, 08:58 PM
Ah ha, Rob looked elsewhere and just proved my "normal" dictionary wrong! :D

Medievalist
01-28-2012, 09:25 PM
With very few exceptions, spell checkers are all based on the same Microlytics dictionary--which in this instance is a list of word that are tagged.

It doesn't even include half of the base words in English. Get a good unabridged dictionary that matches your form of English (for instance, say, American Heritage for the U.S., Oxford for UK, and, I dunno, Chamber's possibly for Australia).

M.Charles
01-28-2012, 11:14 PM
With very few exceptions, spell checkers are all based on the same Microlytics dictionary--which in this instance is a list of word that are tagged.

It doesn't even include half of the base words in English. Get a good unabridged dictionary that matches your form of English (for instance, say, American Heritage for the U.S., Oxford for UK, and, I dunno, Chamber's possibly for Australia).
Oxford for Canada too.

Sydneyd
01-29-2012, 03:09 AM
I will never trust my spellcheck again. That little a-hole is trying to stifle me!

BenPanced
01-29-2012, 03:55 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Kruz7KNAas&feature=related

Sydneyd
01-29-2012, 04:17 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Kruz7KNAas&feature=related

:roll:

jjdebenedictis
01-29-2012, 09:46 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Kruz7KNAas&feature=relatedLOL! Eurovision music is like candy. AWESOME as long as you don't have more than one serving at a time, 'cause that'll make you feel so, so ill.

WriteMinded
01-29-2012, 07:30 PM
I will never trust my spellcheck again. That little a-hole is trying to stifle me!:) NOW you got it!

Lavern08
01-30-2012, 03:33 AM
Scooched is absolutely positively a word. No doubt. Spell checker hates the really awesome words. It must be jealous.

Yep, that sucka (also a word) is green with envy.