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Hello - my main account is on Wikipedia. Please talk to me there.

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Wiktionary idiom questionsEdit

By the way, do you have an IRC client? Dvortygirl is usually on irc://irc.freenode.net/wiktionary, and gradually has become our "idiom expert" in terms of reducing a phrase to its most basic lexical form, while leaving redirects for the common forms. She's also much friendlier and helpful than I am. --Connel MacKenzie 17:09, 9 December 2006 (UTC)

Sorry, no. I've never got into IRC. Most of my work is done from equipment I don't own or control, and that doesn't have an IRC client, so I'm a bit 'behind the curve' as far as that is concerned. Thanks for pointing out Dvortygirl - I had come across her spoor earlier on today. I'll be less worried about approaching her when the time comes. - WLDtalk|edits 19:56, 9 December 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for taking this project on. We have Category:Idioms where all idioms should go. I would urge you to look through there a bit, if you haven't yet. Please search for variants before you add new ones, since sometimes we have many different sorts of titles for the same things.
A few notes, and thanks very much for asking. We generally use "one" if a phrase is reflexive as in talk through one's hat and "somebody" (not someone, not you, not he, not me) if it's not: pick somebody's brain. I try, whenever I can, to put something in "lowest terms" linguistically. That is, verbs should be in the infinitive (give somebody the cold shoulder, rather than, for instance, "given"). If something can be both given and gotten, perhaps the verb should be omitted. Every once in awhile, something never, ever happens in the present tense, or only somebody else could possibly do something. If that's the case, use your best judgment. If one or two aren't in quite the right places, it's a wiki and we'll move them, but there's no hard and fast rules about the filing of idioms, anyway. --Dvortygirl 06:29, 13 December 2006 (UTC)