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It is time for the BGG spelling auto-correct function to regard wargame as a valid word. I'm tired of seeing the wavy red line beneath it.

I know Merriam-Webster considers the correct spelling to be the two word, "war game." But c'mon, it's BGG and we have the Wargames subdomain.

That is all.
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Ryanmobile wrote:
It is time for the BGG spelling auto-correct function to regard wargame as a valid word. I'm tired of seeing the wavy red line beneath it.

What browser do you use? In Firefox, right-clicking on the word should bring up a menu which includes "Add to dictionary."
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Ryanmobile wrote:
It is time for the BGG spelling auto-correct function to regard wargame as a valid word. I'm tired of seeing the wavy red line beneath it.

I know Merriam-Webster considers the correct spelling to be the two word, "war game." But c'mon, it's BGG and we have the Wargames subdomain.


However it's spelled, Twilight Struggle ain't one.
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Hahaha. You know, I just assumed I wouldn't have access to something like that since it's an internet browser. And I'm unobservant enough to have not noticed the "add to dictionary" command upon right click.

Wry indignation turns into sheepish blush. blush

Thanks for the help, Rusty!
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SailinDude wrote:
However it's spelled, Twilight Struggle ain't one.

What if it is spelled TwilightStruggle?
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You think you've got troubles, I was just getting the red line treatment when I used probative. Last time I checked, that was in general usage, not just used by fringe lunatics who play games on hex maps.
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Wargamer, not war gamer.
Wargaming, not war gaming.
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Hungadunga wrote:
Wargamer, not war gamer.
Wargaming, not war gaming.


I go back & forth on this. Though most spellcheckers put a red line under wargame/wargamer...
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wifwendell wrote:
Hungadunga wrote:
Wargamer, not war gamer.
Wargaming, not war gaming.


I go back & forth on this.

It's a question of whether you see yourself within the community or outside it. Sure, one can argue that it's a spelling used within a particular community, but if SPI, AH, VG, GDW, DG, GMT, MMP, and yes, ADG all agree and use the same spelling, I don't see how the question even arises. For me, someone who writes "war gamer" is someone who inadvertently declares that he's unfamiliar with most of the corpus of work (games and articles) that the wargame community has produced since Charles Roberts...

It's rather funny to see Phil Sabin, for example in Simulating War, using "wargaming" ('within the community'), while the Times reviewer of the book felt the need to put in a chaste separating dash, "war-gaming" ('outside the community').
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Hungadunga wrote:
Wargamer, not war gamer.
Wargaming, not war gaming.


Wagram not wag ram.
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M St wrote:
wifwendell wrote:
Hungadunga wrote:
Wargamer, not war gamer.
Wargaming, not war gaming.


I go back & forth on this.

It's a question of whether you see yourself within the community or outside it. Sure, one can argue that it's a spelling used within a particular community, but if SPI, AH, VG, GDW, DG, GMT, MMP, and yes, ADG all agree and use the same spelling, I don't see how the question even arises. For me, someone who writes "war gamer" is someone who inadvertently declares that he's unfamiliar with most of the corpus of work (games and articles) that the wargame community has produced since Charles Roberts...

It's rather funny to see Phil Sabin, for example in Simulating War, using "wargaming" ('within the community'), while the Times reviewer of the book felt the need to put in a chaste separating dash, "war-gaming" ('outside the community').


I think you are reading WAAAAAAY too much into this.
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SailinDude wrote:
Ryanmobile wrote:
It is time for the BGG spelling auto-correct function to regard wargame as a valid word. I'm tired of seeing the wavy red line beneath it.

I know Merriam-Webster considers the correct spelling to be the two word, "war game." But c'mon, it's BGG and we have the Wargames subdomain.


However it's spelled, Twilight Struggle ain't one.


Could we give it a rest already?

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essayons7 wrote:
Po-TAY-to
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Let's call the whole thing off!

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Trekkie. Not trekker.

since we're picking at scabs here
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Trekkie. Not trekker.

since we're picking at scabs here
Boers may prefer the 2nd 'appellation' there, if they WERE 'one' of both then, eh? "Trekkerie"? whistle
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M St wrote:
wifwendell wrote:
Hungadunga wrote:
Wargamer, not war gamer.
Wargaming, not war gaming.


I go back & forth on this.

It's a question of whether you see yourself within the community or outside it. Sure, one can argue that it's a spelling used within a particular community, but if SPI, AH, VG, GDW, DG, GMT, MMP, and yes, ADG all agree and use the same spelling, I don't see how the question even arises. For me, someone who writes "war gamer" is someone who inadvertently declares that he's unfamiliar with most of the corpus of work (games and articles) that the wargame community has produced since Charles Roberts...


Same applies to those who use 'chits' instead of 'counters'
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You'd think it would be wargame, not war game, just as in boardgame, not board game. Uhmm...never mind.

If it's goose and geese, there's no reason why it shouldn't be mongoose and mongeese.
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Mark_WH wrote:


Same applies to those who use 'chits' instead of 'counters'


Those chit-clipping sprue-unflasheners!
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You say 'Wargame' and I say 'War Game'.

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As the French say, Ca se blue.


Ça serait plutôt 'Sacré Bleu'. whistle
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wifwendell wrote:
M St wrote:
wifwendell wrote:
Hungadunga wrote:
Wargamer, not war gamer.
Wargaming, not war gaming.


I go back & forth on this.

It's a question of whether you see yourself within the community or outside it. Sure, one can argue that it's a spelling used within a particular community, but if SPI, AH, VG, GDW, DG, GMT, MMP, and yes, ADG all agree and use the same spelling, I don't see how the question even arises. For me, someone who writes "war gamer" is someone who inadvertently declares that he's unfamiliar with most of the corpus of work (games and articles) that the wargame community has produced since Charles Roberts...

It's rather funny to see Phil Sabin, for example in Simulating War, using "wargaming" ('within the community'), while the Times reviewer of the book felt the need to put in a chaste separating dash, "war-gaming" ('outside the community').


I think you are reading WAAAAAAY too much into this.

Agreed.
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The Prussians created "Kriegsspiel" in the early 19th century. The German language has many compound words, so perhaps that convention was followed when the wargame concept became popular with English speakers (not that compound words are unusual in the English language).

I feel that nowadays (since the early 70s?), "war game" is an odd expression that is typically used by the uninformed... and the odd eccentric who probably still insists on referring to aircraft as "air craft".

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