> > I essentially would like to re-define the set that \w uses 
> then I could
> > simply use:
> > 
> >   /\w+/
> 
> You could do something like
> 
>    /[\w:,.]+/
> 
> to match one or more word characters, colons, commas or periods. Is
> that the kind of think you wanted?

<g> Yeah, dang it. Seems obvious now.

I was thinking it needed to be something like:

  /[\w|:|,|.]+/

... but I see now why that's different. 

Thanks!