Last modified on 22 September 2014, at 00:25

Wiktionary:Foreign Word of the Day/Nominations

This project handles the daily foreign language word posted on the main page. It mimics the English Word of the Day. Nominations may be in any language other than English.

Here's a checklist for nominations:

  1. Is it foreign? For nomination of English words, see Word of the Day.
  2. Is it non-offensive? Don't nominate if it would be embarrassing to have someone's boss or grandmother overhear.
  3. It hasn't been lauded elsewhere recently, right? We want Wiktionary to be original, not a copycat.
  4. Do we have an entry for it? An entry needs to be created first, or you could request it.

With rare exceptions at the discretion of the volunteers on charge, entries must also have a pronunciation section with IPA or audio (.ogg), a complete etymology where that is known, and at least one citation. Terms currently in RFC, RFV, or RFD whose problems have not been resolved by those discussions will not be accepted. Entries must be in their proper scripts and in transliteration when not in the Latin script. Entries may be required to have images of their headword on Commons available if the script they are in is not widely supported (e.g., Kannada or Phoenician).

Ideal candidates include entries that are fairly complete, having a considerable amount of information, or words with unusual translations, for instance:

  • A word for an item or idea with which most English speakers are unfamiliar.
  • A false friend, a word that an English speaker would assume to have a different meaning.
  • A word with a couple of well-known definitions that have very different English translations.
  • A word whose primary definition incorporates a range of somewhat varied concepts in English.
  • An idiom or unusual expression, or anything else you think might be interesting.
Nominate a new word!

Focus weeksEdit

Every so often, focus weeks are held in the Foreign Word of the Day. During focus weeks, we choose words or phrases with a certain theme, highlight languages with some special features, or show words that have particularly interesting or unusual properties. Proposals for focus weeks can be found at Wiktionary:Foreign Word of the Day/Focus weeks.

NominationsEdit

General nominationsEdit

Add your word to the top of the list using {{fwotd-nom}}! Sign each new nomination by typing four tildes (~~~~)

  • Symbol keep vote.svg Chinese: 果粉 (citations, pronunciation) Wyang (talk) 00:25, 22 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Korean: 갈림길 (gallimgil) (citations, pronunciation) Wyang (talk) 11:01, 21 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Chinese: 朝朝暮暮 (citations, pronunciation) Wyang (talk) 00:48, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Min Nan: 損蕩 (citations, pronunciation) Wyang (talk) 00:27, 17 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Chinese: 嘉年華 (citations, pronunciation) carnival: "good times" Wyang (talk) 01:25, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Chinese: 俱樂部 (citations, pronunciation) club: "all-happy place" Wyang (talk) 01:25, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Korean: 펄럭펄럭 (peolleokpeolleok) (citations, pronunciation) Wyang (talk) 01:26, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Korean: 인산인해 (insaninhae) (citations, pronunciation) Wyang (talk) 02:32, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Maltese: jew (no citations, pronunciation) --WikiTiki89 14:04, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Chinese: 宇宙 (citations, pronunciation) Wyang (talk) 03:55, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Spanish: baguala (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 18:56, 24 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Spanish: antaño (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 18:56, 24 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Spanish: troj (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 18:56, 24 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Spanish: panero (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 18:56, 24 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Ancient Greek: χράω (khráō) (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 02:49, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Ancient Greek: οἴομαι (oíomai) (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 02:49, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg French: tombée de la brume (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 02:10, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg German: Sasse (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 01:13, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg German: Dachswelpe (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 01:13, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg German: vögeln (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 01:13, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg German: eindeutschen (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 01:13, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Hebrew: פסח (citations, pronunciation) (noun) — Ungoliant (falai) 21:25, 22 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Latin: comprehendo (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 20:48, 22 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Latin: agito (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 20:48, 22 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Latin: excido (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 20:48, 22 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Latin: deduco (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 20:48, 22 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Latin: effero (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 20:48, 22 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Chinese: 珊瑚 (citations, pronunciation) An Iranian loanword. Wyang (talk) 12:00, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Czech: čtvrtý (no citations, no pronunciation) All those consonants... --WikiTiki89 23:39, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Classical Syriac: ܚܕܚܝܙܐ (no citations, pronunciation) Assyrio (talk) 04:12, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Serbo-Croatian: šišmiš (no citations, no pronunciation) --WikiTiki89 02:11, 6 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Chinese: 舊金山 (citations, pronunciation) Wyang (talk) 05:07, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Old Norse: regin (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 05:07, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Persian: مومیا (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 05:07, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Polish: ciężarówka (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 05:07, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Polish: rodzynek (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 05:07, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Scottish Gaelic: sgimilearachd (citations, pronunciation) (reference supports definitions 2, 3 and 4) — Ungoliant (falai) 04:21, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Vietnamese: chê (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 02:47, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Spanish: nonada (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 16:39, 8 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Portuguese: acontecer nas melhores famílias (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 22:29, 7 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Portuguese: cor de burro quando foge (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 22:29, 7 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Portuguese: dar a volta por cima (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 22:29, 7 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Polish: żółć (no citations, pronunciation) - diacritic on every letter FTW. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 19:03, 23 May 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Udi: заьраьзаьртаьр (citations, no pronunciation) — a word in a rare endangered language --Vahag (talk) 11:43, 22 May 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Classical Nahuatl: mantēlex (citations, pronunciation) — an interesting borrowing from Spanish. —Koszmonávt (talk / contribs) 20:39, 18 May 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Classical Nahuatl: mazātl elefānte īcōātlan (citations, pronunciation) — the term not only mixes native Classical Nahuatl terms with a Spanish loanword, but translating its components separately and literally the word would mean something to the sound of “the elephant deer's snake teeth”, however, it simply means “ivory”, which I think is pretty interesting, especially considering it has the much simpler synonym tlanomitl (literally tooth bone). —Koszmonávt (talk / contribs) 01:00, 17 May 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Mandarin: 人心思變 (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 01:52, 29 April 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Martuthunira: wirlu (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 01:52, 29 April 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Mandarin: 閉門造車 (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 01:52, 29 April 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Russian: кре́млядь (krémljadʹ) (no citations, pronunciation) --Anatoli (обсудить/вклад) 11:57, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Bengali: বাংলা (no citations, pronunciation) --Aftab1995 (talk) 01:30, 9 February 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Finnish: teinipeili (no citations, no pronunciation) Love the etymology. Ultimateria (talk) 03:46, 10 January 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Russian: шевелюра (ševeljura) (no citations, pronunciation) (the entry currently lacks an {{IPA}} pronunciation, but the transliteration field is currently being used to provide a dumbed-down pronunciation) - -sche (discuss) 04:36, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
    Added the IPA pron. --WikiTiki89 19:49, 14 January 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Taos: łá’ȕ (no citations, pronunciation) —Mr. Granger (talkcontribs) 02:22, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Russian: лытдыбр (lytdybr) (no citations, no pronunciation) Russian internet silliness. :) —CodeCat 03:34, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Indonesian: ayo (no citations, no pronunciation) -Воображение (talk) 01:33, 1 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Indonesian: ada apa (no citations, no pronunciation) -Воображение (talk) 01:18, 1 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Esperanto: krokodili (citations, pronunciation) Mr. Granger (talk) 20:02, 19 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg French: bonjour (no citations, pronunciation) I like the word
  • Symbol delete vote.svg French: traluire (no citations, pronunciation) - -sche (discuss) 06:14, 18 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Swahili: kitara (no citations, no pronunciation) --Z 08:23, 12 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Arabic: هَادَ (hāda) (citations, pronunciation) --WikiTiki89 16:31, 4 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Hebrew: דרקון (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (Falai) 15:05, 4 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Gamilaraay: yibaay (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (Falai) 14:24, 4 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Classical Syriac: ܬܢܝܢܐ (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (Falai) 12:42, 4 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Classical Syriac: ܥܩܪܐ (citations, pronunciation) (etymology 3) — Ungoliant (Falai) 12:42, 4 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Classical Nahuatl: cuachcalli (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (Falai) 12:31, 4 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Arabic: كبر (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (Falai) 12:20, 4 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Old Saxon: nahtagala (no citations, no pronunciation) - It would be the first time Old saxon appears in as the Foreign word of the day. Stardsen (talk) 19:43, 30 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Swedish: äppelknyckarbyxa (citations, no pronunciation) - Interesting etymology. Воображение (talk) 00:48, 30 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Spanish: trabajábamos (no citations, no pronunciation) – This has to be the most fun word to say in any language. Dylanvt (talk) 15:27, 27 October 2013 (UTC)
    • This raises an interesting point: do we want to allow inflected forms as FWOTD? Up till now we've only used lemma forms (in this case, trabajar). I'd love to nominate eeee, which is also an inflected form. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 17:29, 27 October 2013 (UTC)
      • The definition in the FWOTD page doesn’t have to be the same as the one in the entry. In this case, the definition displayed could be “We worked; we used to work; inflected for of trabajar”, though it will only be interesting if a native audio pronunciation is provided. Incidentally, eeee had been nominated before, but was removed due to not being cited for months. — Ungoliant (Falai) 19:18, 1 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Spanish: lavavajillas (no citations, no pronunciation) – I think this word is just really fun to say, plus, although it ends in -as, it's a masculine singular word. 71.254.7.150 15:23, 27 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Bella Coola: xłp̓x̣ʷłtłpłłskʷc̓ (citations, pronunciation) One of the most-cited examples of the Nuxálk linguistic structure, and also appears completely ridiculous to English speakers. There has been debate over whether this is a word (see the talk page), but I think it would make a fine FWOTD anyway. TortoiseWrath (talk) 02:51, 2 June 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Danish: jage (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (Falai) 21:54, 31 May 2013 (UTC)
    • Could we have some glosses for those defs? I don't think they're all independent. Hyarmendacil (talk) 09:20, 30 July 2013 (UTC)


Nominated for a particular momentEdit

Nominate a word here if you think it is fitting for a particular moment, such as a celebration, a recent news event and so on. It may be featured on another day instead, however.

JanuaryEdit

  • Symbol keep vote.svg Dutch: vrieskou (citations, pronunciation) —CodeCat 19:27, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
    • Do you want it for the current January? It’s full and already has two Dutch FWOTDs. — Ungoliant (Falai) 19:50, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
      • It could be, or maybe February. But January is the coldest month in the Netherlands so it fits. —CodeCat 19:52, 14 January 2013 (UTC)

FebruaryEdit

  • 10: Symbol delete vote.svg Cantonese: 恭喜发财 (no citations, no pronunciation) for Chinese New Year. Astral (talk) 03:55, 7 February 2013 (UTC)
    • It will need pronunciation and citations soon if it's going to make it in time... —CodeCat 04:01, 7 February 2013 (UTC)
      • Alas, that's not within my capacity. I nom'd it in the hope of having a matching WOTD and FWOTD (the scheduled WOTD for Chinese New Year is ophidian, since it's the Year of the Snake). Astral (talk) 05:31, 7 February 2013 (UTC)
    • 恭喜發財 done. Wyang (talk) 13:28, 8 February 2013 (UTC)
  • 14: Symbol delete vote.svg French: amouracher (no citations, pronunciation) unless someone can think of something better. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 08:25, 24 January 2013 (UTC)

MarchEdit

AprilEdit

MayEdit

JuneEdit

JulyEdit

  • 27 (2013 only: 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice in Korean War) Symbol delete vote.svg Korean: 평화 (pyeonghwa) (no citations, pronunciation)

AugustEdit

  • 6 (Hiroshima bombing) Symbol keep vote.svg Japanese: 被爆者 (citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (Falai) 06:34, 24 January 2013 (UTC)

SeptemberEdit

  • 22: Symbol delete vote.svg Swedish: höstdagjämning (no citations, pronunciation) (for 22 September) —CodeCat 19:04, 9 September 2012 (UTC)

OctoberEdit

  • 4: Symbol keep vote.svg Esperanto: sputniko (citations, pronunciation) ~ Röbin Liönheart (talk) 18:30, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
    • Might be a good one for October 4, Sputnik 1's launch date.
      But October 4th already happened and this December is the end of the world... --WikiTiki89 18:43, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
  • 12: Symbol delete vote.svg Spanish: descubrimiento (no citations, no pronunciation) Carturo222 (talk) 21:04, 26 June 2013 (UTC)
  • 31: Symbol keep vote.svg Portuguese: abafador (citations, pronunciation) (definition 4, for Halloween) — Ungoliant (Falai) 21:30, 13 January 2013 (UTC)

NovemberEdit

  • Symbol keep vote.svg Yiddish: אינדיק (indik) (citations, pronunciation) For November 28, 2013 (Thanksgivukkah). Once in a lifetime chance to do this. --WikiTiki89 21:40, 25 November 2013 (UTC)
    Once in an ever, apparently. Yes check.svg Done. (PS if anyone wants to cite the following nomination (הודו) and switch to using it for the 28th, I have no objections.) - -sche (discuss) 22:03, 25 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Hebrew: הודו (no citations, pronunciation) (etyms 2 and 3, for Thanksgiving) JulieKahan (talk) 15:04, 10 March 2013 (UTC)
    Cite for etym 3, still needed for etym 2. Pron added for all three etyms. —Angr 11:03, 1 May 2013 (UTC)
  • 23 Nov - Symbol keep vote.svg Latin: doctor (citations, pronunciation) This doesn't have the expected medical meaning, and yes I'm nominating for this day in particular. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:01, 12 June 2013 (UTC)

DecemberEdit

Selected wordsEdit