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Hah, I should have checked hiccup's etymology and older spellings before labeling the version with 'k' as plain wrong.

Appreciate your work. Cheers!


I don't think that's a real word. I could find no other instances of it other than being part of someone's online handle. The user that created that entry also added what appears to be incorrect information to meese. --Ixfd64 (talk) 20:25, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Probably so. I've RFVed it just to be sure, as there are some actual uses on the Web. Equinox 20:53, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

all the way to the bankEdit

Can you tell me if laugh all the way to the blood bank or laugh all the way to the sperm bank are dictionary‐worthy? --Æ&Œ (talk) 05:21, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

They both seem quite uncommon, so to me they feel more like a pun/joke that these people thought of independently, and not a phrase in general use in the language. Yeah you could find three citations. Equinox 19:55, 18 September 2014 (UTC)


I appreciate the work you do here. You should probably get paid or something. When looking in terms of voluntary work your contributions seem exceptional. Pass a Method (talk) 11:01, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Thanks. Sometimes I'm bored and it's anaesthetic, and sometimes I really enjoy doing it. In about a week I'll be both working and studying again so will have slightly less time. Equinox 21:42, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Empty quotation categoriesEdit

I can easily delete these by bot, if you don't mind leaving them around for a while. I have a script that deletes all empty categories in a given category. —CodeCat 22:05, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Thanks. But I love a bit of deleting :D and it'll stop me accidentally re-opening the same category links. Equinox 22:08, 18 September 2014 (UTC)


What do you think of speedy deleting antiShiism as unattested PaMism? --Dan Polansky (talk) 11:11, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Equinox 17:56, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

rewrite Warm Fuzzy sentence?Edit

I don't understand what you are writing: [1]

The term comes from the story The Warm Fuzzy Tale by Claude Steiner, where it is used in a technical sense to illustrate a concept ("positive stroke") of Transactional analysis.

I tried to rewrite it, but I don't know what you are trying to say, so I maybe wrong.

I really appreciate your contributions, you are clearly very smart. I just want to share some feedback, which I hope you appreciate. Have a wonderful day! Thewhitebox (talk) 15:19, 27 September 2014 (UTC)


I noted that you were working on wolf#Verb distinguishing it from wolf down. Whether or not wolf down is SoP down in that and similar expressions has some discernable meaning. I have tried my hand at two non-gloss definitions and a Usage note there. I would value your opinion as I think something similar would be useful for any of the 40 odd words we say are particles in phrasal verbs. DCDuring TALK 03:11, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

There's something you're overlooking that helps explain why it's wolf down, not wolf up: a sense having to do with consuming (downing) food or drink. It can be seen in sentences such as, "that meal went down real good", "I washed the sandwich down with a glass of milk", and "I was so queasy, I had trouble keeping my food down". Chuck Entz (talk) 03:59, 29 September 2014 (UTC)
The directional aspect of the definitions of down seems well-covered elsewhere among the definitions. I'm trying to capture the more grammatical functions of the word. Perhaps the directional aspect needs to be repeated. In some of the uses the directional aspect is nearly gone as in write down and write up.
I've been reading a book by Laurel Brinton on the English aspectual system: it makes my head hurt, but it is beginning to help me understand what I've never liked about our treatment of phrasal verbs: that there is a distinct common element to what each particle adds to the verbs it collocates with. Also modern grammarians don't seem to think that every collocation of a verb and a particle is a lexical phrasal verb. I'm not so sure that, once one has an entry for some senses of a phrasal verb that are not SoP, one can exclude the SoP ones in a wiki without wasting a lot of time on RfD discussions, but at least we can try to clarify the meaning added by the particle.
I also not that hardly any of the phrasal verb entry definitions have translation tables, despite all the protestations whenever any phrasal verb definition, no matter how literal, is RfDed. DCDuring TALK 06:03, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

Requests for quotationEdit

What use is removing the template if you're not going to find the work they are from? As far as I can tell you're just emptying categories for the sake of having empty categories. DTLHS (talk) 22:50, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

Sorry, I see you are adding the actual quotations too- but why not add the titles then? DTLHS (talk) 22:51, 1 October 2014 (UTC)
I'm not emptying categories for the sake of deletion. Given the actual quotation it shouldn't be too hard to identify the work in most cases, but Google is fairly poor for this, very often showing the wrong year, or omitting the title, or having many works in one anthology, etc. Equinox 22:52, 1 October 2014 (UTC)
That makes sense. I appreciate how hard it can be to track down the exact source. DTLHS (talk) 22:53, 1 October 2014 (UTC)