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You may be good at Sudoku, but do you know what the word literally means?

Are you passionate about Sudoku? The number puzzle is so popular that its origin and the meaning of its name deserve some attention.

(Don’t confuse the word “sudoku” with “sodoku,” which is a bacterial zoonotic disease known as “rat-bite fever.” Basically, sodoku has more in common with the Ebola virus than any puzzle game.)

Sudoku is similar to types of European puzzles that were played in the 18th century known as magic squares, among other names. The more recent origin that launched the sensation seems to be the “Number Place” puzzles that were published by Dell Puzzle Magazines in the 1970s.

In 1984, a Japanese publisher began distributing sudoku. They were a huge hit, but it took almost another two decades for the game to capture the interest of players around the world.

The name “sudoku” is abbreviated from the Japanese suuji wa dokushin ni kagiru, which means “the numbers (or digits) must remain single.”

Now there are sudoku competitions across the globe, and variations of the puzzle often appear side-by-side the crossword puzzle in newspapers and magazines. It was even discovered in an Australian jury trial that instead of listening to evidence a number of the jurors were playing sudoku. The trial was declared a mistrial.

With your Sudoku knowledge established, consider the origins of the crossword. Learn what these puzzles were known as before they acquired their now-ubiquitous name, here. And answer the crucial question, are you a cruciverbalist?

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93 Comments

  1. Spelling Bee -  October 10, 2012 - 12:27 am

    I think it’s hilarious that this discussion is almost entirely centred around one (correct).
    The site is dictionary.com, and people are upset with grammar correction. It’s even more ironic, therefore, that so many can’t spell ‘grammar’.

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  2. Stella -  May 30, 2012 - 4:37 am

    @AMY LOU: I agree

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  3. langlang33 -  September 10, 2011 - 8:51 pm

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  4. Enigma -  April 18, 2011 - 5:19 am

    LANGUAGE IS ARBITRARY IT CHANGES UNTIL IT WAS ACCEPTED,

    An apple wont be an apple could be a plane,
    Phonemes , Morphemes, and Syntax,
    the writing codes is morphemes, and if you understood the meaning
    of it, it is communication, regardless.
    my way is to touch and embark, the priciple, and wisdom, no matter what approachs, like having error my self, for students to see… bwahahahaha.
    Enigma Riddler. but having a conversation is good, people who read it, will now about it. no error on your end,

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  5. Enigma -  April 18, 2011 - 5:09 am

    OKAY SORRY JUST HAD TO PUT THAT OUT THERE LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bwahahhahaha! missed my point, which is pointless,remember cacocgraphy, it is the priciple of the sound you mean, but miss my point, heading the same path…. Wisdom men… as the saying goes, read words literaly hehehe to get the meaning… but is good.

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  6. Noxodas -  March 29, 2011 - 11:10 am

    Translation:
    I can be as pompous as you. And yet, I have on occasions used multiple exclamation points. My opinion: it’s not a crime.

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  7. To Noxodas -  March 28, 2011 - 10:02 pm

    Huh??!?

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  8. Craig -  March 28, 2011 - 6:04 pm

    I think people who say they hate or dislike it is only because they don’t understand it, much like racism and other things (although I know it’s only a puzzle, the reason still stands). I used to get really frustrated and disliked it so much until I tried reading how to do it and was shown – After that, I found it great and fun to do instead and learned to respect the game and not bash it anymore.

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  9. Jade -  March 28, 2011 - 5:12 pm

    Grammar Jerk, you’re my hero. Thank you for being educated.

    However, you guys do realize that arguing on the internet is one of the most futile pastimes on the planet, right? The internet is just like real life–except for the fact that it’s a whole lot easier to find the idiots. You can’t fix them all. In fact, you probably can’t fix any of them. That goes for you no matter what your definition of “idiot” (which, by the way, is not realistically capable of being anything more than an OPINION, just like my line of praise above) may be. Have you all heard the analogy about the Special Olympics? Good. I need not repeat myself.

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  10. Noxodas -  March 28, 2011 - 11:05 am

    @Grammar Jerk
    I have been known to, on occasion, comport myself as more of a pompous, fatuous, vacuous ass than yourself. As proof, I will asseverate that Moe Stooge has opted for an undeniably appropriate moniker, and that quite conceivably you have misconceived the vocable “permissible”, whereas perchance you purported “advisable”.
    Notwithstanding that I indubitably discern the acerbic, abrasive jocularity of your animadversion, you as well as those in attendance should be cognizant that though sporadically, I have availed myself of dyads and terns of exclamation points and diverse, variegated marks.
    Consequently, It is not incongruous, in my opinion, to utilize them in such a manner.

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  11. Sir Mike Tallon, PhD -  March 28, 2011 - 6:21 am

    But seriously, if you had that many exclamation points, do you know how that would sound in real life? You’d have to scream your lungs hoarse!

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  12. Anj -  March 28, 2011 - 1:24 am

    Hey Grammar Jerk, I want to be your friend on Facebook. I think I’ll learn much from you. :)

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  13. corkscrew -  March 27, 2011 - 7:26 pm

    Sudoku turns me on.

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  14. A Person -  March 27, 2011 - 5:54 pm

    Taboondocks:
    I really love your “essay” comment. You certainly seem to be smart. =)

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  15. Grammar Jerk Hater -  March 27, 2011 - 11:43 am

    Recent scientific studies have shown that no one cares how many exclamation points you use!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  16. Siddharth Nayak -  March 27, 2011 - 8:34 am

    Besides…I am quite obsessed with spelling…

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  17. Siddharth Nayak -  March 27, 2011 - 8:33 am

    You guys are quite tripping at the moment…

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  18. Lyoko4Lyfe -  March 26, 2011 - 11:09 pm

    geez talk about all of you being over-dramatic teenage girls!! (no offense to the real teenage girls out there; I happen to be one)
    First of all, everyone has the right to say what they think. So no one really did anything totally wrong here, just one person was a little oversensitive and one added a few too many exclamation points. But seriously, neither of those things will matter when you get out to the real world. So I highly suggest that everyone should take a chill pill, relax and stop pretending it really matters if a person writes 9 exclamation points or is a grammar freak. ‘Cause it doesn’t.

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  19. Mark -  March 26, 2011 - 9:09 pm

    Sigh. This much irrelevant posts for a dozen exclamation points? I’d rather play Scrabble. D:

    1. Grammar Jerk, you could have said that in a polite way.

    2. He’s/she’s right. Only use 1 exclamation point. More that that it’s grammatically wrong.

    3. Same with question marks.

    4. Ellipsis (the multiple periods/dots) has only three.

    5. But, you can still use more in informal writing. But if your making a resume or something formal, I advice you not to right like this!!!!!

    6. Bah. I just wanted add a sixth one cuz it’s boring just to have five.

    7. ???

    8. PROFIT!

    9. Welcome to memedom.

    So does that clear things up now?

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  20. Psh. -  March 26, 2011 - 5:47 pm

    That’s brilliant. I think GrammarJerk just trolled all of you who replied. I would’ve loved to have caused that reaction. Genius.

    And I personally think there’s many things harder than Sudoku, which is a bit simple to me, though the harder ones are more time-consuming. :P

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  21. Justtopointouttheobvious... -  March 26, 2011 - 4:04 pm

    Did anyone realize that ‘Grammar Jerk’s’ name is ‘Grammar Jerk’?

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  22. bodo -  March 26, 2011 - 4:00 pm

    Playing Sudoku does not make your brain work any better.
    It just makes you better at playing Sudoku.

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  23. !!!!! -  March 26, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    (Use of multiple exclamation points/unnecessary capitalization/all caps/LOL was all facetious. Just in case someone feels the need to try and correct me on that.)

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  24. !!!!! -  March 26, 2011 - 1:36 pm

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Enigma… I’m going to be that jerk and point out that you do Not Need to Capitalize unless a word is a Proper Noun. Also, it should be “an English teacher,” not “a English teacher.”

    OKAY SORRY JUST HAD TO PUT THAT OUT THERE LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  25. KeidreiyShnykeis -  March 26, 2011 - 1:16 pm

    People, seriously, get over yourselves!!! It’s not that big of deal- don’t you have anything better to do? Stop criticizing names in all caps and whether an exclaimation point is an exclaimation point or mark or how many of them we’re allowed to use.

    Go do something constructive with your time, please.

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  26. Noxodas -  March 26, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    Seriously!!
    “a bacterial zoonotic disease known as “rat-bite fever.” ….has more in common with the Ebola virus than any puzzle game”
    Maybe so… but sodoku, being bacterial, has nothing in common with ebola, a virus, other than both of them cause disease.
    “sodoku has more in common with syphillis” or “yaws” (they are all spirochettes)or even “the bubonic plage” (a bacterial infection causing simmilar eruptions and inflamation) would have been more accurate…

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  27. somebody -  March 26, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    So about sudoku… have any of you heard of kakuro? I like it better…

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  28. somebody -  March 26, 2011 - 12:11 pm

    Okay guys, just stop about grammar jerk and excessive exclamation points.
    This is about SUDOKU, remember?

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  29. ThisIsNotDan -  March 26, 2011 - 9:47 am

    Taboondocks wins. He made the longest post.

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  30. enigma -  February 27, 2011 - 6:10 pm

    Grammar Jerk on January 28, 2011 at 10:26 am

    It is a good practise to be aware of Grammar Rules and Usages, but we should remember the benefit of Altruism, It is like saying bad in the best way possible that it wont hurt people… I am a English teacher who is suffering from cacography…

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  31. TaboondoX -  February 9, 2011 - 12:34 pm

    @wordjunkie: Believe it or not, I don’t have as much time on my hands as you might think. In actuality, my comments are the result of small, intermittent spaces of free time. I’ll generally type up a portion of the comment that I plan on posting, turn my CPU on hibernation mode, then I’ll get back to pending business. When this happens – which is in most cases – it usually takes me a day or so to complete my comment and post it. Well, now you know how I go about my business on this site.

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  32. wordjunkie -  February 9, 2011 - 10:35 am

    I don’t have nearly as much time on my hands as Taboondocks. Can I just say that I truly enjoyed this article. My coworkers and I had a laugh while trying to say the extended form of “sudoku”.

    @ Shazby- That was hilarious. Thanks!

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  33. A careless mans careful daughter. -  February 8, 2011 - 10:40 am

    Okay what is the big deal with all this crap coming from grammar jerk and his followers of haters? I mean leave AMY-LOU alone for crying out loud people! She posted what she wanted ane y’all have commented what y’all wanted so your points have been made and you need to leave her alone! And this is to nawmu on February 7, 2011 at 11:49 pm
    everyone!!!!!!, i am on the side of Grammar Jerk. too many exclamation points look silly. Well what do you call this everyone!!!!!!? Are you not doint the same thing?

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  34. nawmu -  February 7, 2011 - 11:49 pm

    everyone!!!!!!, i am on the side of Grammar Jerk. too many exclamation points look silly.

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  35. AMY-LOU -  February 7, 2011 - 4:46 am

    Wow who would of thought that my one little post would start all this drama within the comments that are posted here. While i agree with some and I also don’t agree with some all of the people who have commented to my comment has a very good point.

    - Yours truely Amy Catherine Messer Blair-

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  36. Taboondocks -  February 6, 2011 - 3:49 pm

    @Cali Love: You too have virtually just done what they all did too. Try to set an example, not be an example.

    @The Demon Ira: That’s all fine and dandy, but it’s still safe to say that while she may seem intelligent to you, she may leave an entirely different impression on others.

    @Curly: I completely agree with what you said; including your address to rev.jj321.

    @grammar <3nazi<3: I agree with you on the basis that otiose exclamation points do make one look immature, typically in a feminine, teeny-bopper kind of way. I also think they make one look foolishly overenthusiastic. Though, while I'm addressing you, I will say this… Your display name in itself seems to invoke opinionated assumptions of sophomoric behavior and intelligence. Not to mention that the vernacular expression "grammar nazi" is highly offensive on a few different levels; partly based on its connotations. Now, the heart characters around 'nazi' are to what I would affix a lot of the assumptions of immaturity and overall superfluous misuse of the heart characters on. However, in spite of your display name, you hardly seem to exhibit any of the attributes that someone fitting of being dubbed "grammar nazi" would have. Examples of this include your poor punctuation, capitalization, and, in this case, failure to properly address Grammar Jerk, as well as not spelling out '14;' but I'll be a bit lenient about the last point. Anyway, I just thought that it would be helpful to point out the contradiction between your name and grammar. I have nothing more to say to you here.

    @AMY-LOU: First off, I don't know if the caps button on your keyboard somehow magically misfunctions when your cursor is in the name text box, but just in case no-one has ever told you, it is rude to use caps unless your intention is to shout, yell, etc. Additionally, I'm almost certain that no matter how much your parent(s) shout your name when summoning you, your name – whatever it really be – is not in all caps on, say, your birth certificate or on other records, files, or applications. Next, I will say that it is true that you do have the power to do, or type, whatever/however you please in the comments section of this article, or any others for that matter, but, you need to realize that you're not the only one with 'free-will.' Just as you say that it is a "free world," and you can do as you please, others can too. Don't be surprised if you get criticized by others for doing unnecessary things, or for exhibiting extreme behaviors. It's in their free-will to do that, because, after all, it's a "free world." In a "free world," everyone who inhabits it has the power/freedom to do and act however they want to, and others can't – but at the same time – can do whatever they d*mn well please to affect that person's action or behavior. That's just how it works in a "free world." It's a lot like Communism. Everyone and no-one have power at the same time. Finally, after such an exhausting rant, I can't think of anything to say except that I recommend you start watching how you structure/punctuate your comments/sentences. Just as someone can ignore your overenthusiasm and grammatical mistakes, you can ignore their criticism, whether it be helpful or hurtful, because, again, like you say, it's a "free world."

    @ms.karma: POINT! Exclamation POINT!

    @somebody: How many somebodies does it take to make a nobody? You'll be shocked by the answer!

    @JJ Rousseau: Sticks and stones and interwebs – the things that made man incapable of spelling 'and' right. Enjoy your day, sir.

    @IAmMe: If we can stop reading their comments at any time, then they can stop reading our critical comments at anytime too. It's a two-way street, bucko. Sometimes, deplorable syntactical etiquette leaves a rancid taste in our mouths, and we – the ones who care about syntax, semantics, grammar, and the like – feel obligated to correct those who are in violation of the aforementioned; not only for our own peace of mind, but for the violator's benefit too. That way, the violator learns not to perpetuate the same silly mistake or unnecessary action, even if it is one of their idiosyncrasies. By the way, the proper term in place of "heartless" would be 'conscienceless,' as everyone who is alive has a heart. :P

    @PRgirl98: Who said that you get to dictate what is and isn't allowed here? I think that what the moderators approve to be posted is generally a pretty good indicator of what is and isn't allowed. Grammar Jerk, despite his name, may not have been trying to be hurtful, even if his comment was rather cynical. I would also like to point out that two to three question marks is reluctantly acceptable depending on how inquisitive or anxious one may be, otherwise, syntactical etiquette dictates that it is in your best interest to stick to one question mark. Finally, I must iterate to you that just because one corrects another on something that may seem trivial to most doesn't mean that they don't have lives. Everyone has a life, they may just live their lives differently than you do. Don't be so myopic about how one should live their life, or what dictates what a "life" is. Besides, I'm sure that Grammar Jerk's remark about AMY-LOU didn't take him a "life[time]" to write.

    @Grammar Jerk & Company: Try to make your criticisms more constructive, that way, in the future, you won't encounter so much contempt and rebuke. Aside from that, I do agree with the foundation of your remark about AMY-LOU. I find others' auspice of your remark both refreshing and contemptible in that many of them seem to say things about something they know little of, or they go overboard with their opinions. Other than that, I have nothing against you, or your technological entourage.

    To summarize what I think of the interaction that's gone on in this article's comments section, those of you who support AMY-LOU need to realize that freedom is a two-way street, both for the optimistic and the pessimistic. There will always be those who are uplifting and those who bring others down. That's just a part of the society we live in today. I do think that caution, in criticism and grammar, should both be exercised; VERY frequently, might I add. Many of us also need to look at ourselves before we pass judgment onto others, or support those who do. Doing this may significantly cut down on quarrels and quibbles. Finally, above all else, if one has nothing that contributes to the conversation going on, or, even more important, the article, then one should not post anything at all; especially under malicious intent. Let's also try to limit most of our criticism to the constructive variety. Albeit I did more criticizing than Simon Cowell did on American Idol, I criticized all sides in some way or another because they all had their rights and wrongs. Thanks for reading!

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  37. Cali Love -  February 3, 2011 - 10:53 am

    Wow, So Many Of You Commented About The ‘AMY-LOU’ And ‘Grammer Jerk’ Situation Instead Of The Actual Topic . I Mean, Is It Really That Big Of A Deal ? Obviously Grammer Jerk Came On Here Purposely To Critisize People, Just Look At His Name… Dont Give Him Attention For It Though. Thats My Opinion .

    But Yeah, On The Other Hand, I Think Sudoku Is Great (:

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  38. The Demon Ira -  February 3, 2011 - 7:52 am

    True we should give people the benefit of the doubt but I know amy-lou and she is very intelligent..with her school and life itself she just gets silly acting sometimes and that is very much okay because if she didnt she would be very boring and what Grammar Jerk said was kinda rude and the other people just added more drama to something that shouldn’t of even been said.

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  39. Curly -  February 3, 2011 - 3:18 am

    @rev.jj321:
    It’s exclamation point. You’re thinking of “mark” from “question mark.”

    Also, the people here have very much overreacted to Grammar Jerk’s comment. True, he could have said it more nicely, but he does have a good point. Multiple exclamation points really do look silly. Two or three, to show major excitement, are reluctantly acceptable – maybe. But any more than that is definitely superfluous, and, trust me, it doesn’t exactly make you look overly intelligent. I’m not saying that it’s okay to correct people in a sarcastic, derisive manner. But perhaps GJ didn’t mean to, and it simply came out that way. Please give people the benefit of the doubt.

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  40. grammar ♥nazi♥ -  February 1, 2011 - 10:33 am

    id have to second that grammarjerk,more than one exclamation point just bothers me. It just reminds me of a 14 year old girl.

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  41. AMY-LOU -  February 1, 2011 - 9:17 am

    How did i hurt people holly? I would really like to know so if you read this comment will you please answer it for me? And to me I am not hurting the people or person who said that ever so rude stuff to me and or others. I am simply stating a fact here. Sure I could of maybe said it in a way nicer manner than that but of course to stand up to a bully you can’t always be nice to them. Sometimes being nice to the bully gets you hurt even worse. People these days are very mean to other people and it is wrong and we shouldn’t do it because it isn’t very nice and yes bullying makes you look very childish!

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  42. AMY-LOU -  February 1, 2011 - 8:14 am

    And holly how is that hurting people? By telling them the truth? Well it is if I dont stand up to them who will??????????

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  43. holly -  January 31, 2011 - 11:41 pm

    amy-lou you said u shouldnt hurt people online but u did

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  44. AMY-LOU -  January 31, 2011 - 6:15 am

    smoothius on January 29, 2011 at 6:40 am
    well i’m on your side grammar jerk though i generally try to refrain from the bickering, one exclamation point is more than sufficient to indicate excitement. and for those of you who are not regulars on this blog you have no idea how often we see !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that crap from amy-lou. i think i read in one of her previous posts that she was about to go off to college soon. really?! and you still post comments like a twelve year old? maybe a few exclamations back to back is ok on an informal blog post (i mean i don’t like to capitalize any of my letters which is obviously bad form), but a long string of exclamation marks is childish and annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!sorry to be a hater today and amy-lou you can do whatever you want its a free world but you may want to consider how childish it makes you seem when you do that.

    And you are right.It is a free world, and if I want to post my comments like that I will!!!!!!!!!!!! And don’t you think it is a little childish for you to be telling me how to write or post things? And to…..PRgirl98 on January 29, 2011 at 10:35 am
    Dear Grammar Jerk:
    Seriously!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What is your problem?!?!?!?!?!?!? Are you THAT bored with your life? See how much drama you’ve caused just for writting that one stupid comment. If you’re gonna be rude then go somewhere else, because here, it’s not allowed. You don’t even know Amy-Lou personally, and even if you did, there is still no excuse for being just plain rude. She was just excited about it, no big deal. And why do you even care about how many exclamation points we use?????? How about question marks???? Huh????? Do you care about that too????????? Oh and just one more thing; GET A LIFE AND STOP TRYING TO HURT PEOPLE ONLINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you! Like she said tyou do not know me and you are just a bully who has nothing to do with their life than to pick on teenage girls!!!!!!!! Wow. You should be so proud of yourself.

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  45. ms.karma -  January 30, 2011 - 7:14 pm

    woooooooooooooooooooohooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    hey guys! what’s with those exclamation marks?
    haha!
    i won’t wonder if the comments next to mine would be all about counting all the o’s in here. haha.

    c’mon guys, it’s a good thing to criticize and correct spelling and grammar as long as your intention is to help out other people and not to boss around.

    ayatkenkapia,
    ms.karma

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  46. somebody -  January 30, 2011 - 12:14 pm

    .. It was so interesting to read all these comments. Now to remember what the subject was. Oh, yeah..just how many exclamation points does it take to replace a light bulb?

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  47. billy bob -  January 30, 2011 - 10:12 am

    go Grammar Jerk!

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  48. JJ Rousseau -  January 30, 2011 - 10:08 am

    Sticks an stones aaaaand interwebs — the ties that blind the unstable.–
    Freedom of speech and expression — Hold on as long as we are able. JJROU

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  49. Quote Me -  January 30, 2011 - 9:24 am

    Actually, I like Grammar Jerk’s style.

    It’s really quite comical to see how many high school graduates have a difficult time spelling even elementary school level words. (And with spell check and grammar check; well, that’s just sad.) I too am tired of seeing superfluous punctuation. While yes, AMY-LOU’s comment was nothing to get worked up over, (I’m not denying it can be a challenging, but fun game) it gets really old, really quick.

    Grammar Jerk, please continue correcting “grammer”, excessive punctuation and spelling. At least it gives some of us, obviously the minority, some of our faith back in the school systems.

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  50. IAmMe -  January 29, 2011 - 11:16 pm

    Long exclamation marks are not craps. If anyone finds them annoying or childish…they can just stop reading it anytime. Being rude to others, especially people you don’t know, is not good. Okay, you can think that it looks silly or whatever, it’s alright to have your own opinions as long as it doesn’t hurt others or insult others…
    My opinion : Typing long exclamation marks is not childish. Even if you like to read perfect English or you think they are wrong , you have no right to make fun of others. Keep your bad comments to yourself and one thing : i met many people who likes to hurt other people they do not know online. They like to insult and make fun of people just for “fun and entertainment”. Is this cyber-bullying? Those people who use the internet as a advantage for bullying are just plain mean and cruel. They are heartless and do not think about how other people feel.

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  51. PRgirl98 -  January 29, 2011 - 10:35 am

    Dear Grammar Jerk:
    Seriously!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What is your problem?!?!?!?!?!?!? Are you THAT bored with your life? See how much drama you’ve caused just for writting that one stupid comment. If you’re gonna be rude then go somewhere else, because here, it’s not allowed. You don’t even know Amy-Lou personally, and even if you did, there is still no excuse for being just plain rude. She was just excited about it, no big deal. And why do you even care about how many exclamation points we use?????? How about question marks???? Huh????? Do you care about that too????????? Oh and just one more thing; GET A LIFE AND STOP TRYING TO HURT PEOPLE ONLINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  52. Rob -  January 29, 2011 - 9:51 am

    I rather preffer to play chess…personally I hate sudoku too.

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  53. rev.jj321 -  January 29, 2011 - 8:49 am

    If only one exclamation mark is permissible (by grammatical law, it seems), how many interrobangs is one allowed to use?!?!?!?!? And while we’re on the subject, is it exclamation mark, or exclamation point?

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  54. smoothius -  January 29, 2011 - 6:40 am

    well i’m on your side grammar jerk though i generally try to refrain from the bickering, one exclamation point is more than sufficient to indicate excitement. and for those of you who are not regulars on this blog you have no idea how often we see !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that crap from amy-lou. i think i read in one of her previous posts that she was about to go off to college soon. really?! and you still post comments like a twelve year old? maybe a few exclamations back to back is ok on an informal blog post (i mean i don’t like to capitalize any of my letters which is obviously bad form), but a long string of exclamation marks is childish and annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!sorry to be a hater today and amy-lou you can do whatever you want its a free world but you may want to consider how childish it makes you seem when you do that.

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  55. 2011 :)) -  January 29, 2011 - 6:20 am

    i’ve never really understand the game, but it looks like fun though. :((

    really wanna know how to do it

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  56. Jimbob -  January 29, 2011 - 6:09 am

    It so early!

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  57. Jimbob -  January 29, 2011 - 6:08 am

    wow! Im inside a thesaurus!

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  58. dolly -  January 29, 2011 - 3:30 am

    for me “sodoku” is just a exercise of brains.

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  59. Tadesse Gedefa -  January 28, 2011 - 11:25 pm

    I like to play Sudoku but don’t know the law. Please can u tell me it rule and regulation? Thanks for your cooperation.

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  60. Nobodiiii -  January 28, 2011 - 3:58 pm

    ohh ndd Dictionary didnt even tell me where Sudoko’s name comes from… wtf !!!

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  61. Nobodiiii -  January 28, 2011 - 3:56 pm

    i tried to ply this game in fifth grade and it was an EPIC FAIL !!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

    and Grammer Jerk yu need to leave everyone alone and jump off of their backs…

    no one likes people like yu

    i know i dntt…ugghh :P

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  62. Anonymous -  January 28, 2011 - 3:37 pm

    @Phoebe123: Uh. Dude. No, he didn’t misspell “grammar”. Maybe everyone else is spelling it wrong, but, being named “Grammar Jerk”, he probably made sure of that. NOT that I agree with what he said about @AMY-LOU’s number of exclamation points. Sheesh. Lay off, dude.

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  63. zipurlip2 -  January 28, 2011 - 3:04 pm

    ROFLOL … just love this blog … so many interesting comments. hahaha to those who can’t keep negative opinions to themselves! I esp. loved this entry:
    by Shazby ~[This is interesting, because I had this discussion with a Japanese friend, and she said Sudoku translates to “math by myself.”

    …to which my dad commented, “Is that sort of like math-terbation?”]

    Tell your dad for me, a huge thank you for my daily humor medicine!

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  64. sherryyu -  January 28, 2011 - 3:01 pm

    wow that is too compplicated

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  65. Eyewitness -  January 28, 2011 - 2:31 pm

    I was introduced to Sudoku while a patient in the hospital by one of the night shift nurses, who played it to while away those too quiet, wee hours of the night. Fortunately or unfortunately, the whole game is reductible to a series of logical contingencies: “If this number goes here, then that number must go there.” It reminded me so much of critical path management (a branch of project management, often associated with IT), that I felt I was back in the office even though I was supposed to be recuperating. Sayonara, Sudoku … but thanks for keeping the nurse wide awake.

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  66. katharina -  January 28, 2011 - 2:26 pm

    you guys are just mad cause you can’t play lol

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  67. God -  January 28, 2011 - 2:14 pm

    Easiest game ever, more reasonable than crosswords because they don’t require you to know random information that no one cares about.

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  68. Phoebe123 -  January 28, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    Grammer Jerk: you spelled the word ‘grammar’ wrong.

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  69. SUDOKU | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  January 28, 2011 - 12:54 pm

    [...] words come to us with regard to puzzles — SUDOKU doesn’t add up for us — Numbers with too many muzzles. — If it seems as though [...]

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  70. LOL -  January 28, 2011 - 12:46 pm

    Grammar Jerk just has nothing else to do. Ignore them.

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  71. THE BLAH GUY -  January 28, 2011 - 12:42 pm

    OW! brain hurt solving puzzle! not good! not good! :’(

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  72. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  January 28, 2011 - 12:31 pm

    active vs passive.

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  73. Shazby -  January 28, 2011 - 12:30 pm

    This is interesting, because I had this discussion with a Japanese friend, and she said Sudoku translates to “math by myself.”

    …to which my dad commented, “Is that sort of like math-terbation?”

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  74. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  January 28, 2011 - 12:29 pm

    Next, let’s ask what’s the difference between a dialogue and a dialog–?

    It’s not just Britishinglish vs Americaninglish…

    DIALOGUE – an involved discussion between-or-among a group of players…

    DIALOG – a transcript of such a discussion or its method of communication…

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  75. Saria Shur'tugal -  January 28, 2011 - 12:23 pm

    EVERYONE HATES HER FOR THAT! (continuation of last post)

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  76. Saria Shur'tugal -  January 28, 2011 - 12:22 pm

    really, Grammer Jerk? does it really matter THAT much? just let loose a little!!!!! whats your problem anyway? i know a person who is all like you with literature and grammer and stuff, and guess what…

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  77. morenita -  January 28, 2011 - 12:16 pm

    even though I’m not intelligent i like this game!!!!!!:)

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  78. Nathan Hunter -  January 28, 2011 - 12:00 pm

    I used to play Sudoku a lot, but after a while, it gets really, really boring. All puzzles do after a while.

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  79. jcuzzi2 -  January 28, 2011 - 11:42 am

    grammer jerk…please go somewhere and sit down!!!!!!!! did u notice the number of exclamation points i used? If you haven’t realized this fact yet let me remind you. People can do whatever they choose as long as its not harming anynone. Second, when you start pointing out minor details about how many exclamation points someone uses in there sentence YOU JUST LOOK SILLY…among other things.

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  80. moe stooge -  January 28, 2011 - 11:37 am

    Grammer Jerk,
    You are just being an inconsiderate, pomptious, buttheads that don’t know how to really care about your personalities! For one thing, Grammer Jerk? You are not a jerk anywhere concerning grammer, you’re just a plain jerk. You can’t tell someone how to type, and expect them to care. Besides, that does not look silly. It just means that they are really excited. I do it all the time. You have no right to call anyone anything, let alone be an ass about it. Next time, BE NICE. You may just find that being nice works in your favor. LATER,
    Moe Stooge

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  81. Lone Timberwolf -  January 28, 2011 - 11:35 am

    In the spirit of sudoku, shall we allow one, two, up to nine exclamation points?

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  82. mikee -  January 28, 2011 - 11:17 am

    mind boggling and torturing game ever invented…..hahaha….

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  83. mikee -  January 28, 2011 - 11:17 am

    that’s one of my fvorite game

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  84. ag -  January 28, 2011 - 10:47 am

    sudoku is a challenging game.. but I hate it personally nyahahaha :P

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  85. a -  January 28, 2011 - 10:36 am

    People should be allowed to use at least 2 exclamation marks if they are really excited.

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  86. Grammar Jerk -  January 28, 2011 - 10:26 am

    I can understand why you’d find Sudoku difficult if you are utterly unable to count. ONE is the number of exclamation points with which it is permissible to end a sentence. Any more and you just look silly.

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  87. DJB -  January 28, 2011 - 10:14 am

    I thought that it was the Japanese word for “crossword puzzel for the illiterate.”

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  88. DJB -  January 28, 2011 - 10:13 am

    I thought that it was the Japanse word for “Crossword puzzle for the illiterate.”

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  89. Rampaw -  January 28, 2011 - 9:56 am

    My son introduced me to sudoku a couple of years ago. Now it and crosswords are the two main ways I try to keep my aging brain alive and active.

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  90. AMY-LOU -  January 28, 2011 - 9:52 am

    Okay that game is super hard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really dont like playing it.

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