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Message 1425584 - Posted: 8 Oct 2013, 4:20:47 UTC

OK, let's see if a point can be made here.

Define "dodo". (Hint: an animal.) Be brief but specific.

Impetus: besides recent (and old) discussions here, I was telling a friend the other day how in elementary school one of my teachers would admonish us for not explaining when she asked us too, saying, essentially, "All you did was tell me 'a dodo is a dodo'."

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Message 1425631 - Posted: 8 Oct 2013, 6:09:21 UTC - in response to Message 1425584.

OK, let's see if a point can be made here.

Define "dodo". (Hint: an animal.) Be brief but specific.

Impetus: besides recent (and old) discussions here, I was telling a friend the other day how in elementary school one of my teachers would admonish us for not explaining when she asked us too, saying, essentially, "All you did was tell me 'a dodo is a dodo'."


A definition was presented and I am owning it. Lets get back to the discussion shall we?
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Message 1425636 - Posted: 8 Oct 2013, 6:17:39 UTC - in response to Message 1425631.

OK, let's see if a point can be made here.

Define "dodo". (Hint: an animal.) Be brief but specific.

Impetus: besides recent (and old) discussions here, I was telling a friend the other day how in elementary school one of my teachers would admonish us for not explaining when she asked us too, saying, essentially, "All you did was tell me 'a dodo is a dodo'."


A definition was presented and I am owning it. Lets get back to the discussion shall we?


Great idea!


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Message 1425859 - Posted: 8 Oct 2013, 20:11:35 UTC - in response to Message 1425631.

OK, let's see if a point can be made here.

Define "dodo". (Hint: an animal.) Be brief but specific.

Impetus: besides recent (and old) discussions here, I was telling a friend the other day how in elementary school one of my teachers would admonish us for not explaining when she asked us too, saying, essentially, "All you did was tell me 'a dodo is a dodo'."


A definition was presented and I am owning it. Lets get back to the discussion shall we?


No.
You missed a point.

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Message 1425860 - Posted: 8 Oct 2013, 20:12:17 UTC

Let the lesson begin.

"A dodo is an extinct bird."

It is now on the next player to define "extinct" or "bird" or both.

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Message 1425871 - Posted: 8 Oct 2013, 20:49:11 UTC - in response to Message 1425860.

Let the lesson begin.

"A dodo is an extinct bird."

It is now on the next player to define "extinct" or "bird" or both.

I like bird as a non-placental warm blooded creature with feathers and extinct being a specie which no longer lives.

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Message 1425878 - Posted: 8 Oct 2013, 21:09:16 UTC - in response to Message 1425871.

Let the lesson begin.

"A dodo is an extinct bird."

It is now on the next player to define "extinct" or "bird" or both.

I like bird as a non-placental warm blooded creature with feathers and extinct being a specie which no longer lives.


So, we have three choice to continue on. (Is specie the singular?) (Also, IU forgot to mention the dodo was flightless. This may need to be included.)

"A species of bird which no longer lives."
"A non-placental warm blooded creature with feathers that is extinct."

Or, ""A species of non-placental warm blooded creatures with feathers that no longer lives."

I think we can ignore defining "a", "with", "that".

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Message 1425892 - Posted: 8 Oct 2013, 21:22:25 UTC - in response to Message 1425878.
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Message 1425899 - Posted: 8 Oct 2013, 21:39:16 UTC - in response to Message 1425892.

I think we can ignore defining "a", "with", "that".


If you do that, it'll ruin the game.


I think the point can still be made.
So, how to say "species no longer existing" without going back to "extinct", for example?

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Message 1426031 - Posted: 9 Oct 2013, 6:21:17 UTC - in response to Message 1425899.

I think we can ignore defining "a", "with", "that".


If you do that, it'll ruin the game.


I think the point can still be made.
So, how to say "species no longer existing" without going back to "extinct", for example?

How about, A pre-existing species, or a former living species.
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Message 1426131 - Posted: 9 Oct 2013, 15:30:47 UTC

If they don't exist, did they ever exist?

They still exist, see that pile of bones.


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Message 1426142 - Posted: 9 Oct 2013, 16:07:00 UTC - in response to Message 1425878.

Let the lesson begin.

"A dodo is an extinct bird."

It is now on the next player to define "extinct" or "bird" or both.

I like bird as a non-placental warm blooded creature with feathers and extinct being a specie which no longer lives.


So, we have three choice to continue on. (Is specie the singular?) (Also, IU forgot to mention the dodo was flightless. This may need to be included.)

"A species of bird which no longer lives."
"A non-placental warm blooded creature with feathers that is extinct."

Or, ""A species of non-placental warm blooded creatures with feathers that no longer lives."

I think we can ignore defining "a", "with", "that".


So, an ante-now species of flightless non-placental feathered warm blooded creatures no longer existent?

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Message 1426144 - Posted: 9 Oct 2013, 16:11:43 UTC
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Message 1426149 - Posted: 9 Oct 2013, 16:18:37 UTC - in response to Message 1426144.

How about defining the dodo bird by its DNA sequence?

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That would be quite interesting.
But, then, how does one define things that were never alive?
Thus, it just pushes off the point of the discussion.

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Message 1426364 - Posted: 9 Oct 2013, 22:09:30 UTC - in response to Message 1426142.

So, an ante-now species of flightless non-placental feathered warm blooded creatures no longer existent?


Thanks for playing! Based on our latest entry, we are at:

A done species of flightless non-placental feathered warm blooded creatures.

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Message 1426435 - Posted: 10 Oct 2013, 1:14:10 UTC - in response to Message 1426364.

A done species of flightless non-placental feathered warm blooded creatures. = dodo.
I suspect there are others than the dodo.


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Message 1426594 - Posted: 10 Oct 2013, 13:05:45 UTC

done


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Message 1426782 - Posted: 10 Oct 2013, 19:13:50 UTC

The Dodo (Raphus cucullatus) is an extinct flightless bird that was endemic to the island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.

So there!

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Message 1426794 - Posted: 10 Oct 2013, 19:50:56 UTC - in response to Message 1426782.

The Dodo (Raphus cucullatus) is an extinct flightless bird that was endemic to the island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.

So there!


You (Chris) have used the term "extinct" when it was already used and disallowed from further use. Point proven? Or did Chris not understand the rules?

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Message 1426815 - Posted: 10 Oct 2013, 20:57:31 UTC

To improve the description I would add
The aforementioned weighed between 10 and 20 kilograms (22 to 40 pounds)


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