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June 2014Edit


Latin is an obsolete language, thus I don't think the "archaic" tag makes much sense. --WikiTiki89 23:06, 1 June 2014 (UTC)

How about pre-Classical? — Ungoliant (falai) 23:21, 1 June 2014 (UTC)
If that is what was meant, then sure. The problem is it is not clear (at least to me) what was meant. --WikiTiki89 23:29, 1 June 2014 (UTC)
This might even be Old Latin, which we now consider a separate language (itc-ola). —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 13:56, 3 June 2014 (UTC)

Also: Category:Latin archaic terms, Category:Latin archaic forms, Category:Latin terms with archaic senses, Category:Latin terms with obsolete senses. --WikiTiki89 14:05, 3 June 2014 (UTC)

deperdits - found the Paley quoteEdit

I just came across "deperdits" while reading Paley. I looked it up and landed here, where the wiki page was asking for a quote from Paley! I am not sure of the syntax for editing the page, so I will copy the quote here and ask someone to fix it.

"...we might have nations of human beings without nails upon their fingers, with more or fewer fingers and toes than ten... No reason can be given why, if these deperdits ever existed, they have now disappeared."

Paley, Natural Theology, Ch. 5, objection #4

It's a very interesting quote, because it poses the question that Darwin's idea of Natural Selection answers. —This comment was unsigned.

Yes check.svg Done Added. Thanks. Equinox 17:27, 3 June 2014 (UTC)


The definition of katabasis includes "a trip from the interior of a country to the coast." But katabasis is given as an antonym for anabasis, and the most common use of this word is for Xenophon's work describing of a trip from the interior of the area we now call the Middle East to the coast of the Black Sea (at Trapezus [Trebizond], if I remember correctly). There seems to be a disconnect here. —This unsigned comment was added by Mzthguy (talkcontribs).

Anababasis in the title of the work refers to the first part of the trip—from Sardis into Babylonia. After defeat in Babylonia it was a katabasis, through Armenia to the coast of the Black Sea. --Vahag (talk) 22:38, 3 June 2014 (UTC)


I was looking up the Latin form 'foret' and it only gave me 'third-person singular present active subjunctive of forō', which I assume is there automatically, since it is a regular inflection of that word. However, in the text I'm translating (Ilias Latina), and probably a lot more frequently, it is a actually third-person singular imperfect active subjunctive of sum, which can only be found in the entry 'fore', and there only in the Etymology section ('old Latin has alternate present and imperfect subjunctive forms fuam and forem (for classical sim and essem)'). I didn't want to change anything, since I don't know whether there is any standard way of adding alternate or archaic forms to the standard inflections, and I don't know whether it's standard policy not to list such forms. If it isn't, however, someone who knows how to do it might want to change it. Sorry for weird sentences, English isn't my first language.

We actually treat Old Latin as a separate language from Latin (just as we treat Old English as a separate language from English, although there the differences are much greater than between Old Latin and Classical Latin), and our coverage of Old Latin is minimal at the moment. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 10:23, 4 June 2014 (UTC)
So the correct way of doing it would be adding an entry for Old Latin sum and then somehow adding alternate forms for that entry? — Blarkh (talk) 10:29, 4 June 2014 (UTC)


I'm pretty sure that this is 1st person singular PRESENT active subjunctive, not future active subjunctive.

Actually it should be both present active subjunctive and future active indicative. --Blarkh (talk) 12:52, 4 June 2014 (UTC)
Fixed. I just said "future" rather than "future indicative" since the future tense is always indicative in Latin. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 14:38, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

pussy-puller, pull some pussyEdit

I'm not sure what these locutions mean. What sense of pull is used here? It seems close to 6, but when I read this from Urban Dictionary ("I can pull pussy from my GIRLFRIEND, not nasty hookers.") I don't know if it applies perfectly. --Fsojic (talk) 21:27, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

Perhaps sense 4? —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 21:42, 4 June 2014 (UTC)
I read it as simply "get, obtain". Checking MWOnline shows that among the 28 senses that it has for pull (verb), none of which is restricted by region or register, are "extract" and "obtain, secure". The other subsenses with "extract" are more or less concrete, so "obtain, secure" would seem the closest, which fits my reading. DCDuring TALK 23:32, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

not know thatEdit

Would it be possible to mention somewhere the type of construction seen here or here? --Fsojic (talk) 23:05, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

If we had an appendix on w:Epistemic modality, especially w:Evidentiality, I would suggest a redirect to it. But I don't know that we will ever have such an appendix and I doubt that a redirect to the wikipedia article would be a sufficient service to Wiktionary users. A lexical entry using both {{&lit}} and {{n-g}} (non-gloss def.) that resembled Oxford's seems appropriate. Alternatively we could redirect to a suitable usage note at know#Verb or an appropriate sense of know.
Further, if this type of modal expression is not SoP entirely, isn't its use to express doubt limited to its use in the first person, almost always singular, but possibly plural. DCDuring TALK 23:25, 6 June 2014 (UTC)


I wonder what the proper noun is used to mean in Indian English. Are there any ideas about that? Is it related to Andhra Pradesh? --Lo Ximiendo (talk) 18:48, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

Seemandhra = సీమాంధ్ర (sīmāṃdhra) in Telugu, from సీమ + ఆంధ్ర (Andhra region). Even though it is a Telugu state, the name Andhra Pradesh is Sanskrit, meaning Andhra country, country of the Andhra tribe. Seemandhra means Andhra region. —Stephen (Talk) 18:06, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
TY for answering, Stephen. --Lo Ximiendo (talk) 01:17, 2 July 2014 (UTC)


Someone told me that pushi means cat in Papiamento. There is no WT:RE:pap so this was the best place I could think of. Renard Migrant (talk) 20:18, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. — Ungoliant (falai) 22:47, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

just so you knowEdit

Worth an entry? --Fsojic (talk) 22:29, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

As much as many. DCDuring TALK 01:00, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
I don't think so. --WikiTiki89 13:54, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
  • I don't think so either. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 14:47, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

humble abodeEdit

Surprised this was deleted. Any chance we can rethink this? (BTW it has an excellent translation in Chinese - 蝸居). ---> Tooironic (talk) 00:02, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

See the brief RfD discussion. DCDuring TALK 12:25, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
Where should we put translations for this then? —CodeCat 13:02, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
At abode, perhaps? This feels awfully SOP to me. It's a cliché, but not an idiom. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 14:47, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
But that's the problem with these kinds of fixed phrases. The translation of the phrase may not be the same as the translation of each part. In Dutch, the translation is nederig stulpje, but it's not at all obvious from any information that's currently on Wiktionary. It's also not obvious where it would be placed. Certainly putting it as a derived term of nederig and stulp is not going to help anyone looking for a translation of humble abode. I therefore continue to believe that English fixed phrases should have entries with transliteration tables, even if they consist of words that can be understood individually in context. —CodeCat 14:55, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
This exists in a grey area. It has a stronger claim of idiomaticity than a set phrase like "take a photograph", IMO, and it has a very different register / connotative meaning (it's informal) than "abode" has outside this phrase (it's obsolete / literary). On the other hand, it is possible to understand the denotative meaning of the phrase from [[humble]] and [[abode]]. The translations are similarly grey: nederig stulpje and bescheidene Hütte are just "humble [word for a kind of abode]", not really anything counter-intuitive enough that I would think [[humble abode]] needed to exist as a translation target. On a technical note, the standard place to request undeletion of things is WT:RFD (but I personally don't mind one way or the other, if we move this discussion or keep having it here). - -sche (discuss) 16:28, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
It is sufficiently well established that "welcome to my humble" is understood. Rich Farmbrough, 15:17, 17 July 2014 (UTC).
Yeah, but that's just as likely to be omitting "home" as "abode". —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 16:20, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

Ferris WheelEdit

No etymology given. —This unsigned comment was added by JohnWheater (talkcontribs).

We have got {{rfe}} for that. Keφr 09:20, 11 June 2014 (UTC)
The Ferris wheel was named after its designer, engineer George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., in 1893 at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. —Stephen (Talk) 18:45, 11 June 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Equinox 18:53, 11 June 2014 (UTC)


In "usage notes" for the Russian word тоже it says: "The word тоже (tože) can only be used when two different subjects share the same verb" - but I have seen many examples of it being used with two objects that share the same verb and subject: ("я хочу сок, воду... и пиво я тоже хочу"). Could someone with better knowledge of Russian clear this up? - Ryan White (talk) 19:44, 11 June 2014 (UTC)

I think that usage note is complete bogus. The real difference between тоже (tože) and также (takže) is that the former means "also/too/as well" and the latter means "likewise/in a similar manner". --WikiTiki89 21:56, 11 June 2014 (UTC)
There is no real difference between то́же (tóže) and та́кже (tákže). The former is more common and they have different etymologies - то́же (tóže): то́ же (tó že) (the same object, neutral), та́кже (tákže): та́к же (ták že) ("likewise, in a similar manner"), cognate with Polish także and Ukrainian тако́ж (takóž) with the same meaning. --Anatoli (обсудить/вклад) 23:37, 11 June 2014 (UTC)

(the) other manEdit

Surprised we don't have this since we already have (the) other woman. ---> Tooironic (talk) 00:34, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

Why don't you make it? --Anatoli (обсудить/вклад) 00:48, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
I don't think either of them are idiomatic, and additionally I have never heard the male version. --WikiTiki89 12:29, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
other woman is definitely idiomatic, and other man is probably attestable though rather rarer. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 13:09, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
Of course they're idiomatic. And "the other man" should be attestable on Google Books, though obviously not as common. ---> Tooironic (talk) 23:54, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
Added, attested from three titles, all of them found on WP. Choor monster (talk) 13:13, 25 June 2014 (UTC)


There's something about this word that we don't adequately cover (and it might possibly be specific to Britain), as in: "The exam sounds hard, but read such-and-such a book and you're laughing [i.e. in an advantageous position]." It only occurs in the -ing form so it is rather tempting to add it as an adjective, but then it also only occurs predicatively (never attributively); can we usefully document it, and how? Equinox 20:42, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

  • The lemma should be and you're laughing (and it is most definitely British or Commonwealth, and not really very old). I would suggest the phrase means something like "(after carrying out some operation) there will be no problems and everything will work to your advantage". SemperBlotto (talk) 09:24, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
    I don't see how the pronoun can be part of the lemma as other pronouns can work. It seems like progressive/continuative aspect. It could also be used with the present tense, at least the "historical present" and with a kind of "irrealis" in which someone is talking about an imagined situation. I could also imagine the futue progressive. I would put it at laugh, say that it was "usually" in the continuative, progressive form and "usually" UK/Commonwealth. Usage examples and sense-specific redirects might be appropriate from some of the particularly common forms. DCDuring TALK 17:23, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
Is this derived from laugh all the way to the bank or the source of it? DCDuring TALK 17:27, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

fuck youEdit

On the talk page, an IP raises the IMO valid point that senses 1-3 all seem to mean the same thing and could be merged into sense 2. - -sche (discuss) 21:05, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

Absolutely. The interjection has very little intrinsic meaning beyond a very strong rejection of the person being spoken to. The shades of meaning all come from the context. It would be like breaking ow up into senses for "stop it, you're hurting me!", "I just stepped on something", and "touché- that argument hit home". Chuck Entz (talk) 22:09, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
Definitely merge 1 and 3. Perhaps 2 as well. Equinox 00:12, 15 June 2014 (UTC)


Funny that Chuck would mention "ow" (in the previous section), since we do split a number of senses of "ouch". I don't mind that, except that I don't think the last sense, "expressing surprise at a high price", is actually limited to the Commonwealth. Even Americans would say "ouch, that's almost enough to buy a house" if told a car cost 100 000 dollars, wouldn't they? - -sche (discuss) 02:26, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
It seems like a Borgesian listing of definitions. IMO 3, 4, and 5 should be combined. They are not a mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive list of all virtual or metaphorical pains or causes of virtual pain. Nor do they even span the range of possibilities. Sense 2 should include sympathetic reaction to another's virtual or metaphorical pain. DCDuring TALK 03:55, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
I would merge all five. --WikiTiki89 07:05, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
"An expression of pain caused by an (emotional or physical) injury, insult, disappointment or shock, or by sympathy for another's pain."? Hmm, that fits all of the current senses under its roof. It does seem a bit broad as a result. OTOH, other dictionaries only have one sense: "used to express pain", Merriam Webster "sudden pain", Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary "sudden pain", "sudden pain or dismay". - -sche (discuss) 15:21, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
The use of ouch to express sympathy seems to be a use that other dictionaries miss and that is different in kind from a use relating to one's own pain, whether physical or not. The same sound is used to both elicit and express sympathy. It seems as distinct as hello as a greeting and hello to draw attention to a surprise affecting another person. It is a kind of speech act which merits mention as much as the various loving differentiation we lavish or tolerate in other terms.
BTW, it looks as if ouch#Noun and ouch#Verb, both in this etymology, are attestable. DCDuring TALK 18:39, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

Nauruan definitionEdit

For the Nauruan word nga, English wiktionary lists the definition "I, me", whereas the Nauruan Wiktionary seems to indicate that the word means "moon". Are both definitions correct? Orthogonal (talk) 22:35, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

To confuse things more, there's this article at Nauruan Wiktionary Wikipedia, as well as the Austronesian Basic Vocabulary Database, that say the word for moon is maraman, which doesn't seem to be from the Proto=Oceanic root (*pulan) common to related languages. There is a Proto-Oceanic root *ŋau for I that shows up as ŋa for many of the Oceanic languages in Blust's Austronesian Comparative Dictionary, so our definition is at least plausible, though the Austronesian Basic Vocabulary Database gives a and aŋa. Chuck Entz (talk) 00:34, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
Whereas, if nga meant "moon", it would also (like maraman) seem to be a loanword, taken like nga#Vietnamese from Chinese.
This fellow on na.WP has tables of pronouns, said to be based on "Kayser’s Nauruan Grammar and other written sources", which have "nanga~naña" / "a~A" as the first person singular. Lisa M Johnson's Firstness of Secondness in Nauruan Morphology has some examples of Nauruan pronouns in sentences, including
  • a pudun
    1sing fall+Vn
    I fell
    a nuwawen
    1pers.sing. go+Vn
    I did go. (I left.)
    a kaiotien aem
    [1pers.sing.] [hear+Vn] [your words]
    I hear what you said.
    a nan imoren
    1pers.sing. FUT health+Vn
    I shall be cured (get better).
... which doesn't get us closer to determining what "nga" means, per se, but it confirms that "a" is a first-person pronoun.
- -sche (discuss) 02:04, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
FWIW, the simple expedient of searching google books:Nauruan nga moon turns up nothing, while google books:Nauruan nga pronoun turns up
  • 1978, Pacific Linguistics, issues 1-2 / 61, page 1081:
    [...] represent an early fusion of an 'emphatic' absolute pronoun prefix *ng(a) to a pre-PMC *a|. This prefix is found on all absolute pronouns in Gilbertese and on a set of emphatic/Subject proouns in Nauruan (a language not otherwise considered in this study). It might be noted that NAU ng- prefixes to all emphatic pronouns in that lanuage except anga 'I (absolute and emphatic/subject)'. Gilbertese ngngai 'I (absolute)' [...]
...while this confirms that "moon" is maraman. I'd say just move the content which is current at nga to a. - -sche (discuss) 02:17, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
It turns out that maraman has a perfectly respectable Proto-Oceanic pedigree: it comes from the root *ma-ramaR meaning "shine, shining, bright", which has a strong tendency to be substituted for the other root I mentioned above as a word for the moon: in Proto-Nuclear-Micronesian (*rama, *ma-rama), and even Hawaiian malama. I find it curious that the Austronesian Comparative Dictionary has only three Nauruan words, and the Micronesian Comparative Dictionary carefully avoids Nauruan altogether- even though Nauruan is generally classified as a Micronesian language. Apparently, Nauruan doesn't play well with comparativists...
At any rate, the answer to the OP's question: "Are both definitions correct?" would seem to be "no, neither is", except when a prefix is added to the real first-person pronoun, a. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:10, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
Okay, thanks! As per the suggestions, I've removed the definition from nga and added it to a.Orthogonal (talk) 03:14, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
Both nga and a appear to mean "I" in Nauruan. Don't think a hypothetical Nauruan nga ("moon") could have come from Chinese via Vietnamese (V. nga); if that is the case, one might as well argue for a Sino-Tibetan origin of Nauruan nga ("I") (V. ngã)... Wyang (talk) 00:30, 18 June 2014 (UTC)
The Nauruan Wiktionary entry is probably wrong. The same edit that added moon as its English translation added the Spanish translation lua, but that’s Portuguese. The IP is confusing languages. — Ungoliant (falai) 00:52, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

bring oneself to sthEdit

Worth an entry? --Fsojic (talk) 12:42, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

Do you have usage examples? I think what you mean is bring oneself to do something: I can’t bring myself to break up with her. She could not bring herself to sell her dog. —Stephen (Talk) 14:30, 17 June 2014 (UTC)
Yes, I should have added "do". So, do you think "bring oneself to do sth" is idiomatic? --Fsojic (talk) 15:41, 19 June 2014 (UTC)
In my opinion, it is idiomatic. —Stephen (Talk) 15:48, 19 June 2014 (UTC)
I agree. —Mr. Granger (talkcontribs) 21:16, 19 June 2014 (UTC)
Me too, and it isn't covered by any current sense of bring as far as I can tell. But the lemma should be bring oneself to, without "do". —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 21:23, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

am I right?Edit

We have an entry for the rhetorical question "am I right or am I right". A plain "am I right" is also used as a rhetorical question. Is that worth a separate entry? Choor monster (talk) 14:17, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

I created "am I right or am I right" because "or" isn't generally used this way; it's humorous and unusual. "Am I right?" seems transparent in meaning to me. Equinox 17:31, 17 June 2014 (UTC)
I feel like it's actually a snowclone. You can say "Am I awesome or am I awesome?" --WikiTiki89 19:19, 17 June 2014 (UTC)
The rhetorical version is also humorous, if less unusual. Certainly if you google for "am I right" you will get endless examples that are ordinary questions. As evidence for this distinction, the rhetorical version alone has mutated into amirite. That is, the rhetorical version is inherently funny, worth emphasizing. There's nothing funny with the ordinary version, so nothing to emphasize. Choor monster (talk) 13:23, 18 June 2014 (UTC)
  • I went ahead and created the entry, with one citation from a famous work of literature and one from a famous politician. Choor monster (talk) 13:39, 26 June 2014 (UTC)

Sounding like sonding?Edit

Am I crazy, or is this mistaken? The entry sounding gives separate UK (/ˈsaʊndɪŋ/) and US (/ˈsoʊndɪŋ/) pronunciations. I've never heard that supposed US pronunciation, and I lived in the US for much of my life. I note that sound doesn't have /soʊnd/, so maybe somebody just misunderstood IPA transcription? Cnilep (talk) 07:57, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

Yeah, it's just a mistake. The US line even included enPR: soundʹĭng, which means /ˈsaʊndɪŋ/, so I think someone was thrown off by the "ou" in the enPR transcription. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 11:36, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.Edit

There are references to the origin of "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth" as being found in the bible. I heard it also said to be from the Trojan horse story. It goes like this: The wooden horse was looked upon as a suspicious gift. Soldiers climbed a ladder to see inside its mouth and saw nothing to concern them. So: Don't look a gift horse in the mouth...look in it's belly. Jake Schur--Viboraojo (talk) 15:23, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

It's not in the Bible itself, as far as I know, but is said to have appeared in a Latin introduction written later. As for the Trojan Horse derivation: that seems like one of the stories people make up to explain phrases like this- it doesn't match the meaning of the phrase, nor does it seem to fit the story of the Trojan horse. Besides, looking in the mouth of a horse is something one would have done before buying a horse: there's a lot to learn about the horse's age by looking there. The expression makes perfect sense without resorting to questionable stories. Chuck Entz (talk) 22:48, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

Latin spellingEdit

What is correct spelling of Latin words? by this I mean what are the rules of assimilation? because I saw that we have for an example obsideo and opsideo, one is spelled morphologically other phonologically. Are there similar cases and which is correct or at least considered more correct. This is sore interesting, for there are no examples of dual spellings in for example supscripsi or subscribsi, or nubta form nubo but only nupta. This is also seen in words like adpropero and appropero or similar words. So basically what I ask is if there are some principle or rule by someone or somewho that would decide or byput which spelling is more correct for upnow use in modern Latin. 21:51, 20 June 2014 (UTC)


The current entry reads:

dug (plural dugs)

(chiefly in the plural) Mammary gland on domestic mammal containing more than two breasts.
Apparently this has been a bit different in the past. An English-Dutch dictionary from 1648 by Hexham has:
een vrouwe die groote mammen heeft, A woman that hath great Duggs.

Jcwf (talk) 02:40, 22 June 2014 (UTC)

ethnic slursEdit

Americunt seems to be a good example; it has (slang, offensive, derogatory, ethnic slur). Why not just (ethnic slur), or at least (slang, ethnic slur)? Ethnic slurs is a subcategory of offensive terms, making this improper in categorization terms. As for derogatory and slang, aren't those also clear attributes of ethnic slurs?--Prosfilaes (talk) 10:29, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

I would definitely drop the "derogatory" label from anything that is already labelled a slur, because it's redundant. My inclination would be to keep "offensive", even if it is redundant, to make the offensiveness absolutely clear. (Compare this related thread from a couple of years ago where DCDuring also argued for retaining "offensive" on ethnic slurs.) I don't think "slang" is necessarily redundant; many ethnic slurs are slangy, but something like sense 1 of nigger was historically found even in legal, medical and scientific documents, and so doesn't seem to be "slang" even though it is an ethnic slur (whereas, something like "pizza nigger" for "Italian" is slangy). As to Americunt, is that even an ethnic slur? Our definition doesn't say it's restricted to any particular ethnicity. - -sche (discuss) 13:54, 23 June 2014 (UTC)
I think I tend to interpret "derogatory" as how the speaker intends it, and "offensive" as how the speaker listener interprets it. Since what is offensive to whom, when spoken by whom (see e.g. the reclamation of "nigga" by black gangsta rappers, and "faggot" by some gay people), is very variable, I suppose it will take a lot of thinking to do this properly, if it's even possible. Equinox 20:22, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
I assume you mean "[...] 'offensive' as the hearer interprets it." As DCDuring commented a couple years ago about 'pejorative', is there any derogatory term for people that isn't offensive to some people? (And is there any offensive term for people which is never used derogatorily?) If not, then "derogatory" seems unnecessary when "offensive" is present. And anyway, "derogatory" is redundant to "slur", so I maintain that "derogatory" can be dropped when "ethnic slur" is present. - -sche (discuss) 20:37, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
Wigger? Hinjew? Choor monster (talk) 12:51, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

crow's foot versus crow's feetEdit

I added a citation from Jane Austen of crow's foot used in the singular to denote a wrinkle next to the eye. The OED cites two other singular instances. I'm not sure how the two entries should be synchronized: a simple crow's feet is the plural of crow's foot, all senses, or the plural's wrinkle sense left in place. Certainly the plural-only tag needs revision. Choor monster (talk) 12:35, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

body partEdit

The current definition suggests that anything that is in the body, at least as a functional element of it, is a body part. Does this mean that things like blood, stomach acid, cells, DNA etc are also body parts? If not, then what term includes these? —CodeCat 23:22, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

I would say that things like blood, stomach acid, and DNA would not be considered 'body parts' albeit they are technically "parts" of the "body". Body parts encompass things like limbs (arms and legs), head, midriff, genitals, etc. and perhaps, in certain contexts, major internal organs (heart, liver, entrails, etc.) Leasnam (talk) 00:11, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
How would you incorporate such a distinction into a definition? DTLHS (talk) 00:45, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
sections or segments which make up the body, usually including bones, muscles, and organs? Leasnam (talk) 01:04, 25 June 2014 (UTC)


Can someone define steropoeic for me?

I think it may be a medical term from the context; the lady scientist is offering herself as a bribe for the technician's silence:

Tech: I felt my face relax in a brief smile.
Her eyes narrowed."Who (are) you going to tell?"
Tech: "Nobody , I guess I was ... reconsidering your offer." My own snicker sounded nervous.
Christie's face darkened and her eyes fell, clouding over with anger. Then she said,"I ... I'm not steropoeic."
Tech: Not ... I suddenly realize the magnitude of her bribe, what it might've cost her to make the offer.

Thank you PeteBB <email redacted> Include "Wiktionary" in the heading of Email.

This long thread wanders past several theories (including that it derives from the name of Sterope, a woman in Greek mythology who had sex, and thus that a woman who is not steropoeic is a virgin) before reaching the conclusion that "Having now read the story in full, I think "steropoeic" must mean 'making sterile'." At one point in the story, a woman is said to have a red dot indicating a "steropoeic implant" which makes her sterile. Being not steropoeic, this woman is potentially fertile. (And the technician apparently wants to have kids.) In any case, the word seems to have been made up by the author. - -sche (discuss) 05:54, 25 June 2014 (UTC)


Shouldn't the meanings of 'excessive talk' and 'excessive activity, trouble' be uncoupled in palaver? The word is sometimes used to describe activities that may proceed with no talk at all, as in this article:

"Nevertheless, male astronauts are still expected to leave their bus, unzip their suits and urinate on the back right hand tyre. Suit technicians then have to redo the palaver of zipping them all up again." (See also this definition).

--CopperKettle (talk) 08:34, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

They certainly are different. But I am not familiar with the talk-free use — not that I don't believe Longman's. DCDuring TALK 17:09, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
I also was surprised to see it used in this way in the article quoted above. But then scanned Google Books, Google News, and it seems it is used in a non-talk-related fashion sometimes. --CopperKettle (talk) 02:05, 26 June 2014 (UTC)
My understanding of "what a palaver!" is "what a lot of chaotic and mostly pointless effort!". Whether or not speech is involved, it makes me think of a lot of people going to a great deal of effort, which may or may not be relevant or useful, all at once, and mostly at cross purposes. A complicated mess.
  • 1986, Mohinder Singh Randhawa: Indian Paintings: Exploration, Research, and Publications [1] p.317
    I shall mail them to you at your camp office in Chandigarh, as I know what a palaver mail-delivery is out at the Garden House, and if I send them to you by name at your camp office, delivery should be prompter and safer.
  • 1999, Marc Millon, Creative Content for the Web [2] p.49
    But what a palaver, what an adventure just to get what TV can already deliver so effortlessly.
  • 2007, Javier Mar-As: Dance and Dream [3] p.107
    'What a palaver,' I thought, 'what a lot of minor complications, we men have it much easier'
  • 2009, Jack Dee: Thanks For Nothing [4] p.196
    What a palaver it was, poncing around with scones and Sachertorte.
--Catsidhe (verba, facta) 07:38, 26 June 2014 (UTC)

غسل کردنEdit

What's the actual language of this "English" verb : غسل کردن ? Lmaltier (talk) 20:49, 26 June 2014 (UTC)

I think it's Persian. کردن is "to do" and غسل is Arabic for "washing" but could easily be a loanword in Persian. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 20:57, 26 June 2014 (UTC)

“slob” as a verbEdit

The current definition of “slob” includes only the noun interpretation (“a slovenly person”). However, is its use as a verb, meaning “to be lazy/slovenly”, commonly accepted? I use it, partially influenced by the early series of w:Red Dwarf, where Rimmer frequently uses “slob” as both a noun and a verb (and also a noun derived from the verb, meaning “a session of slobbing”). People seem to understand. N4m3 (talk) 21:16, 26 June 2014 (UTC)

as a verb I've pretty much only ever heard it to mean slobber on, and only in a sexual connotation, as in "slob my knob" Leasnam (talk) 02:53, 27 June 2014 (UTC)
I've mostly heard it as the phrasal verb slob up, as in "don't slob up the living room- I just cleaned it". Chuck Entz (talk) 04:30, 27 June 2014 (UTC)
Okay, it looks unlikely that any description is widely accepted. But anyway, here's a use of the sense I'm talking about: q:Red_Dwarf#Future_Echoes (1988). Minor insults don't usually make it onto Wikiquote, but this one has. N4m3 (talk) 19:54, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
  • I'm a speaker of American English who hasn't seen much Red Dwarf, and I've heard "to slob about" from time to time. ‑‑ Eiríkr Útlendi │ Tala við mig 20:32, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
    I've never heard "to slob about", but it sounds natural and I can easily picture someone saying that; and its meaning is transparent to me. --WikiTiki89 21:06, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Spelling variants "Souf Effrikan", etc for "South African"Edit

It seems in various online forums I've seen "Souf Effrikan", "Souf Effriken", etc. and similar variants used as English imitations of phonologizing either Afrikaans or South African-English pronunciations of the country/nationality. Is there any good way to add these variants to en.wiktionary? MatthewVanitas (talk) 04:21, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

Yes, we can give them entries, if they're in actual use — perhaps with an "eye dialect" gloss. Compare Strine, New Zild, Engerland. Equinox 13:40, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

other sense to haiducEdit

I think there might be another sense to haiduc. That's because it seems out of place in Dragostea, as an outlaw (in my opinion) wouldn't normally boast about being one, as the guy in Dragostea evidently seems to, and because a Romanian friend of mine said it means something else, if I remember well "cool" or "good boy", and totally disagreed on the translation as "outlaw" when I asked her to help me understand Dragostea and told her about this translation. I tried the Discussion for that entry, at, but it seems to have drawn little or no attention, so I'm forced to double the question here. I don't like asking duplicate questions, but if it is necessary to get an answer, well, I do. So could we look into this and add a hypothetically present other sense to the article? Thx. —This unsigned comment was added by (talk).

One of the big differences between us and Wikipedia is that our discussion of terms happens almost entirely in discussion rooms like this one rather than on entries' own talk pages. That's because we have so many entries it's hardly possible for very many people to watchlist them all. So a comment on an entry's talk page may go months or years without being seen be anyone else. So bringing the issue here is the better option. As to your question, I don't know any Romanian, but I don't see anything intrinsically unlikely in someone in a song boasting about being an outlaw. (After all, Johnny Cash boasted about shooting a man in Reno just to watch him die.) —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 14:10, 27 June 2014 (UTC)
FWIW, the Romanian Wiktionary lists two senses:
  1. om care, răzvrătindu-se împotriva asupririi, își părăsea casa și trăia în păduri, singur sau în cete, jefuind pe bogați și ajutând pe săraci; haramin
    man who, rebelling against opression, left home and lived in the woods, alone or in a group, robbing the rich and helping the poor; haramin
  2. soldat mercenar
    mercenary soldier
- -sche (discuss) 15:28, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

OK. Well, I wouldn't see such a boast as nicely coupled with «primește fericirea» (accept happiness), as I would expect a decent police service to ultimately catch the outlaw and put him in jail, and I really don't see what happiness could derive from a partner in jail. In any case, even abandoning reason 1, there is my Romanian friend. Now she may have partly forgotten her language following her stay in Italy, she may have only known a dialectal variant, but I wouldn't expect a native to look at me with a question mark on her face when I gave her a translation of a Romanian term, which she did, nor to totally deny that translation and offer another one, which she also did. And the other sense seems more fit for boasting about, which is the real reason I ask this question for. The Romanian Wiktionary lists those two senses. Btw what is a haramin? Spanish Wiktionary says "forajido" (outlaw), Malagasy wiktionary has "faraidina", which the French wiktionary translates to "canaille", "rascal". Now "rascal" is definitely not something I would see nice in a boast. Anyway, I think we should investigate this, for the reasons above. And p.s. translates "haiduc" to "cavaliere", i.e. "knight", or "gentleman". Which fits in with my friend's explanation. Another translation ( has "fuorilegge" (outlaw). has "galantuomo", "gentleman". This ( may be a duplicate, but still it has "cavaliere" again. So statistically translations of this song disagree with the entry we have here. Also, seems to suggest "dragostea din tei" may be a set phrase with a different meaning from the literal translation, which is "love from the linden" or "love in the linden". It suggests it might mean "love at first sight". I think this may be an entry to create, also to explain the origin of this expression. See finally here, haiduc->knight. MGorrone (talk) 15:34, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

Unrelated to this: when you use initialisms, could you please link to entries explaining them? Today I have seen quite a few initialisms I did not know about, so I would appreciate having a link to an entry that explains them, rather than searching for it myself, hoping to find it directly: at least a link ensures I will find something. FWIW, for example, I just learnt about. Thx. I am not English. MGorrone (talk) 15:38, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

I don’t understand what you mean. The only example you mention is FWIW, and in FWIW there are definitions, and the definitions link to other entries that explain them. —Stephen (Talk) 19:18, 27 June 2014 (UTC)
He/she is asking for people to link the word when they use it in discussion. Equinox 19:33, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

It seems the translations at should be organized into senses, since "ribaldo" and "tapino" are simply semantically unrelated, and the entry at should include a sense distinction if all those translations are right. In any case, whichever sense was meant is not "outlaw" but "rascal" or similar, and not something to boast about at all. Also, the french entry for faraidina should be expanded to include the other senses. Perhaps I should put this in the French Tea Room. It carries more confusion about haiduc, so it is not totally out of place here. In any case, I will put this in the French Tea Room too, maybe they will do something about the french entry for faraidina. And besides, I don't know any Malagasy, so I hope someone who does will read this and edit the mentioned malagasy entries accordingly or bring up the issue in the Malagasy Tea Room. MGorrone (talk) 15:51, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

That is the Malagasy Wiktionary. This is the English Wiktionary. We at the English Wiktionary do not have any input or influence over the Malagasy Wiktionary. If you have questions for the Malagasy Wiktionary, you have to bring them up with the Malagasy editors on that Wiktionary. —Stephen (Talk) 19:18, 27 June 2014 (UTC)
Comment: take a look at the senses the English word hajduk has. Do any of them fit? I think it's entirely plausible that haiduc would have some of the same senses. - -sche (discuss) 19:20, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

@Stephen G. Brown: I see no reason whatsoever to assume the intersection between the set of editors of the English Wiktionary and that of the editors of the Malagasy one is empty. For example, I myself am an editor both to the English and French Wiktionary, and could be an editor to many more, as long as I knew the languages in which they are written. And I can't bring it up there because I suppose that would require writing in Malagasy which is completely unknown to me. In any case let's drop this discussion.

@-sche:, the last two senses seem to be somewhat close to what I remember my Romanian friend telling me about the meaning of "haiduc", but they would require an extension to adapt them to a modern song, because they both refer to historical realities that now – as far as I know – do not exist any longer. Somewhat like "cavaliere" in Italian, which from "knight" has come to mean "gentleman".

P.S. How do I "tag" users to notify them of my edit when it is addresed to something they previously wrote? MGorrone (talk) 21:04, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

Simply wikilinking to their username in a signed edit should work: User:MGorrone, though a lot of people are using the {{ping}} template, so {{ping|MGorrone}} produces @MGorrone:. I monitor the discussion forums pretty closely, so pinging me is pretty much useless, but others may appreciate it. Chuck Entz (talk) 21:44, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the tip Chuck. Anyway bringing up the Malagasy issue now makes more sense, as the translation given for haiduc is faraidina. See here: So "the poorest rank of people", huh? Nothing to do with "outlaw", or with "canaille" in any case. Which makes me wonder what "haiduc" actually means. Now Google translates it to "outlaw", and gives back-translations "haiduc, exilat, surghiunit" for "outlaw". So either haiduc has many meanings, or the Malagasy wiktionary is COMPLETELY wrong. MGorrone (talk) 09:41, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

The Malagasy Wiktionary is almost entirely bot-generated. I wouldn't believe anything I saw there, as little or none of it has been vetted by native Malagasy speakers. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 11:16, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

I asked my Romanian friend just now and she said «Normalmente haiduc significa un uomo che vive nelle montagne ma in quella canzone non ha un significato sono solo parole buttate lì» (Normally haiduc means a man who lives in the mountains but in that song [i.e. Dragostea] it doesn't have a meaning they're just words thrown there). For the meaning in Dragostea I guess I'll have to ask another friend :). However «man living in the mountains» matches none of the senses I have found, not directly, we have at least to suppose that historically there were outlaws who lived there, got that name, and then there was an extension of the meaning of haiduc to "outlaw". Could you enlighten me on that point? I'm ignorant in History, let alone that of Romania which is neither an important country in History nor my country. MGorrone (talk) 12:02, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

limited company vs. limited liability companyEdit

The way our entries for these two terms are formulated leads a reader to believe that they are not quite the same thing. The definitions do not explain the difference, however - if there's any. Also Wikipedia has separate articles for them but they are not very clear either. My understanding of this is that "limited company" is chiefly a British term which covers "public limited companies", called "corporations" in the US, and "private limited companies", called "limited liability companies" in the US. Is this correct? If it is, what is the US term corresponding to "limited company". --Hekaheka (talk) 06:43, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Generally speaking, the US equivalent is a corporation. Equinox 12:20, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
To expand on that, the reason for this morass is that these forms are dictated by state law in the U.S. You might be surprised that, despite corporations having different federal tax liabilities in the U.S., there is no federal statute governing the form of corporations. This is unlike the UK which has generally had a national Companies Act. A "corporation" in Alabama will have very different shareholder obligations and structural limitations from one in Massachusetts. It is correct that "corporation" is very similar to "limited company", but entities correctly labeled as such will have certain specific characteristics dictated by their nation of origin.
As for the limited liability company, that is a U.S. innovation that is different from a corporation in that it strips away most of the safeguards required by corporations, such as a shareholder-elected board of directors, minimum notification periods before undergoing a substantial change, and legally enforceable duties against director self-dealing. Of course, an LLC can choose to impose such things on itself, but generally speaking state laws do not require them to. bd2412 T 12:31, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

July 2014Edit

how's that forEdit

Is how's that for and adverb? --Type56op9 (talk) 09:09, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

I see how it could be viewed that way functionally, but "Phrase" seems a better L3 header, though it is a misnomer for the headword, it needing an NP to itself be a phrase. DCDuring TALK 11:29, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

Polish section of minkaEdit

I added the Polish section to minka. The declension is wrong because I have little familiarity with templates and wiki markup, so could someone fix it and tell me how to fix it so next time I can do it myself? Also, I have a quotation I found on facebook: «Co taka smutna minka» (what a sad little face). MGorrone (talk) 16:45, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

Take a look at the changes I made. We do not accept Facebook quotations as attestation, but you could probably put it as a usage example (though I think it is not a very good one). Keφr 17:08, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

tool and machineEdit

A hammer is a class three lever

According to the current definitions, these terms mean more or less the same. But that doesn't seem correct. According to Wikipedia, a tool is a specific kind of machine. —CodeCat 19:49, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

No, Wikipedia says, "A machine is a tool containing one or more parts that uses energy to perform an intended action", in other words, a machine is a specific kind of tool. Not all tools are machines. A hammer is a tool, but it's not a machine. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 20:03, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
A hammer is lever and a lever is a machine (according the scientific definition of machine, which is not the one in common use). --WikiTiki89 20:06, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
I think we're better off defining tool roughly as "something that helps complete a task" and a machine as "something that transfers force". Even though most tools and machines are likely to fit both of those descriptions, it is the implied meaning that matters and not the implied physical properties. --WikiTiki89 20:09, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
How is a hammer a lever? It has no fulcrum. Maybe the hammer together with the arm holding it function as a lever (with the fulcrum at the wrist, elbow, or shoulder), but I don't think the hammer alone is a lever. But it is a tool. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 20:10, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
The fulcrum is the location where the bottom of your hand is grasping the hammer, and the force is applied at the top of your hand and is thus amplified at the head of the hammer. --WikiTiki89 20:12, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
[I meant a machine is a specific kind of tool; I swapped it accidentally] The lever action is in the length of the hammer and the wrist of the hand holding it, but the lever only serves to increase the velocity of the head of the hammer, and the actual work is then done by the momentum it gains. —CodeCat 21:56, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
There are many levers involved in swinging a hammer, but there is only one that is on the hammer itself, which I drew in the diagram. I agree that the resistance force is none other than the inertia of the hammerhead. --WikiTiki89 14:03, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
For one thing, in probably its most common sense tool refers to something handheld. DCDuring TALK 20:29, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
So a table saw is not a tool? --WikiTiki89 20:33, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
First, I said "in its (probably) most common sense". Second, the various meanings of tool and machine are not disjunctive. Specifically, the abstract sense of tool as "means" clearly applies to machines, table and bench tools, and handheld tools. More specifically, I would expect usage like "the tools [include] ... a table saw ...." to be common, but usage like "table [be] a tool" somewhat less so. I suppose that might mean that a table saw is seen as a member of the class of tools, but is not a central member, typical of that class. DCDuring TALK 21:24, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
An example of a machine that is not a tool might be a machine that does nothing but turn itself off. It does not perform a useful function (which it needs to in order to be called a tool), but it is a machine nonetheless. Similar things might apply to other devices that are purely for "eye candy". —CodeCat 15:55, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
I think that a machine is something that is designed or intended to perform one or more actions on its own. Performing an action requires the use of energy, but there are lots of things that use energy without doing anything, and are not machines. Organisms are like machines, but they're not designed or created for a purpose (theology aside). A hammer's action is strictly that of the one who wields it, so it's not a machine. The same with a hand drill- but not with a power drill. I would call the hand drill a tool or device, but I would also call the power drill a machine. I wouldn't consider a circuit-breaker a machine, though I'm not completely sure why- perhaps because its action is determined solely by the characteristics of the current flowing through it. Chuck Entz (talk) 16:49, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
What about things like bicycles, hand-cranked meat grinders, handcars or even muscle-powered street organs? —CodeCat 17:04, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
@CodeCat: I take it that all this has to do with establishing a set of categories that meets some kind of criteria not here stated. Real-life categories are usually designed or selected to achieve purposes. What purposes are the intended categories to serve. DCDuring TALK 17:35, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
@Chuck Entz: A machine, such as a sewing machine that is powered by the operator, is nevertheless a machine in common parlance. The central type of machine is a mechanical device that is somewhat complicated in the sense of having multiple moving parts. Interestingly, prime movers (eg, electric motors (possibly with only a single moving part!), gas turbines, and internal combustion engines) are not usually referred to as machines, though by many definitions they are. DCDuring TALK 17:35, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
I think by one possible definition, a machine has moving parts that are not physically a single piece, but use some kind of mechanism for transferring force such as gears or pulleys. That would exclude hand drills which are usually one piece. —CodeCat 17:50, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
Computers are called machines too, and yet they have no visible moving parts. Keφr 17:58, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
No one said the moving parts need to be visible. I think that in common usage, the word machine denotes something too complicated for the average person to understand. Everyone knows how a table saw works (the saw wheel spins and cuts stuff), but most people don't understand what goes on inside a sewing machine. --WikiTiki89 18:03, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
…and those moving parts are inside hard disks (or removable drives), so they are not very significant anyway, definition-wise. So it is not just about visibility. But the "elaborate constructed device" idea I do like. Keφr 18:11, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
Ahem... --WikiTiki89 18:13, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
If you put it that way, then literally everything in the Universe has moving parts. Which makes the "moving part" term quite useless. And do not get me started on relativity and particle-wave duality… Keφr 18:20, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
Take the example of a waterbed. The water and the fancy floaty things inside it move around, but I wouldn't consider them to be "moving parts" because they do not accomplish anything with their movements. In a computer, the electrons are precisely what provides all of the functionality, just the way that levers, gears, and pulleys provide the functionality of a sewing machine. The functionality of a waterbed does not depend on the water moving. --WikiTiki89 19:34, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
So again it comes back to the idea of something that directs and controls movement in order to produce a useful effect. And in physical terms, movement is energy (not necessarily kinetic), so that comes down to manipulating forms of energy. —CodeCat 22:25, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

I've updated the definition at machine to reflect my "conclusion" above. I hope it's an improvement. —CodeCat 21:08, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

How could we show that all the parts of the definition are involved in a given use of the term? That is, is this a testable hypothesis about the way the term is actually used by the population at large? DCDuring TALK 22:19, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

Etymology of Persian جنگEdit


Can anyone please tell me the origin of the word 'jang' in Farsi, meaning war? I heard it was from Chinese? Of so, what word and how did that come about? Thank you! Merci!

As far as I know, the origin of جنگ is unknown. I doubt that there is any relationship with Chinese. If Persian borrowed Chinese (zhàn), they would take it as ژان /ʒan/. جنگ is /dʒaŋg/. —Stephen (Talk) 16:25, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, Stephen. I did find one source that claims it comes from Sanskit through Hindi and Pashtu, which makes sense, as they are all Indo-European languages. George

question of languageEdit

Question of language and respect.

According to Wiki sources, the English language has over 80 000 words which are of French origin, and which constitutes as much as 30% of the total. Yet there is not a remote possibility that the English language will ever be called Frenglish, Franco-English or Franglais.

Yet any argument against the culturally assimilating term Serbo-Croatian falls on deaf ears. And this despite the fact that no country from former Yugoslavia or elsewhere, uses such a designation in its constitution. You may verify if you wish. English versions of the constitutions of Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro are available on-line.

I would invite you to consult the original versions of the following - you may want/need to translate):

1 - Serbian Constitution, article 10, where the official language of Serbia is said to be Serbian using the Cyrillic writing.

2 - Croatian Constitution, article 12, where the official language of Croatia is said to be Croatian, using the Latin writing

3 - Amendment XXIX, to the Constitution Of the Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina, states that the official languages of the federation are Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian, and both Latin and Cyrillic writing are official.

4 - Constitution of Montenegro, article 9 states that Montenegran is the official language of Montenegro, using ijekavian dialect, and both the latin and cyrillic writing are official.

So where is this hyphenated language written or spoken and by whom? Who is insisting on the hyphenation? Serbia and Croatia have distinct literary histories as well as cultural and religious differences, although they are thrown by the westerners into the same Balkan melting pot. To my best knowledge, both Serbian and Croatian are recognized by world linguists as two distinct languages. Even Bosnian is now an accepted designation, although all three nationalities can understand each other if effort and good will is present.

Those who insist on the melting pot approach of the hyphenation, refuse to acknowledge the situation on the ground. No difference is more apparent than the fact that one uses the Cyrillic and the other the Latin alphabet. If you want to be historically correct, the Serbs would be justified in designating their language as Serbo-Croatian since Vuk Karadzic in laying the foundations of Serbian grammar and dictionary, after 500 years of the Ottoman rule, borrowed over 200 000 words from the Croatian language. Yet the constitution of the Republic of Serbia rightly declares that Serbian is the official language of Serbia, not Serbo-Croatian; just like the English language can borrow words from other languages without losing its identity or getting a hyphenated designation. You may do your own research if interested in this point.

I don't think that there is the political will to dispose of the hyphenated creation of the culturally assimilating term Serbo-Croatian, even though the word 'respect' is used and abused on many politically correct events and billboards. In the background, the colonialist, imperialist mentality prevails and is being imposed on two peoples who have had, continue to have and will probably have in the future, bloody wars and battles. But in this, Serbs Croats and Bosnians are no different than nations in any other part of the world, and there are many examples that could be cited. One public official recently commented on the Serb-Croat situation by saying that not even the strongest glue could bond these two peoples together. So why insist? Why not give the new generations the right to their distinct and separate historic identities? Why not let them coexist on their own terms?

Allow me to conclude by saying that as much as Franglais or Frenglish would be an eye sore on Wiki website because it would reflect a blended fictitious reality, so does the designation Serbo-Croatian.

This type of readily available fact based rhetoric is often ignored since there are strong political lobbies, who for both political and financial reasons, even over 20 years later, refuse to accept the post-Yugoslavia reality and the results of the wars of the 1990's, and who still promote Slavic brotherhood and unity vestiges of the communist regime.

Hopefully the time will come when there will be enough courage, vision and mutual respect and the hyphen will be dropped; the linguistic designations as defined in official constitutions, and not in some scholar's biased, subjective, self-serving and slanted reality will be accepted as the norm.

Peace and order,


PS: It may be useful to suggest that since both languages have Slavic roots, if there is a need or a desire to hyphenate, then they can use the example of the English designations:Canadian English, Australian English, UK English, American English, and use terms such as Croatian Slavic, Bosnian Slavic or Serb Slavic. —This unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs).

When merging the various Serbo-Croatian standard varieties together, we explicitly did so because we wanted to distance ourselves from political arguments about language status. Instead, we chose the linguistic view, which is that these are one language with multiple national standards, much as Catalan (with Valencian) and indeed English (British and American). I've read quite a few linguistic works about Slavic languages and their development and so far I haven't seen a single one that treated Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian and Montenegrin as separate languages. Instead they mostly use the common name "Serbo-Croatian" or the more politically correct "Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian/Montenegrin". —CodeCat 23:09, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
@Richard. If tomorrow Russian and Ukrainian nationalists declare they no longer belong to East Slavic languages but separate branches, we will still going to treat them as such. The more pressure there is to artificially separate Serbo-Croatian, the stronger Wiktionary policy will get to reflect the linguistic reality. --Anatoli (обсудить/вклад) 23:38, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
I've recently encountered a related problem I wanted to bring up here. We have entries for Malay and Indonesian, which is plain illogical. AFAIK, Malay is the language of which Standard Malaysian (Bahasa Malaysia) and Standard Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) are standardised registers that differ in lexicon and a few other details, but are almost 100% identical in grammar. Having separate entries for Malay and Indonesian is like having entries for English and American English: they are not even on the same level. We should treat all these cases analogically. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 00:02, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
This has been brought up before, but the attempt at unification ultimately failed to gain enough support. The same with merging Nynorsk and Bokmål into Norwegian. The difference between those and the successful Chinese and Serbo-Croatian unifications seems to be having strong support from regular editors in the affected languages, including help in working out the inevitable technical and conceptual challenges. I'd hazard a guess that, if we'd had a prolific Indonesian contributor willing to campaign hard for it and to come up with technical fixes, things might have been different- but we don't. Chuck Entz (talk) 00:33, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
Yes, it's al about the current set of current editors, isn't it? It's possible (technically) to unify Norwegian but editors haven't embraced the idea. Hindi and Urdu are much more different but they share, at least, a set of templates to allow smooth pairs of entries, even if they are not unified. --Anatoli (обсудить/вклад) 00:39, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
(Before E/C) The process is somewhat reverse with Malay and Indonesian. Indonesian was standardised to match Malay spellings. Even though there is a trend to make them similar, they were more different in the past or rather Indonesia chose a standard, which is very much like Malaysian, although they have a huge number of languages and dialects. If we had some sufficient work going on with Malay and Indonesian, the need to merge them would be more important, to avoid duplications. However, there is no umbrella term for the two, AFAIK, and they were never treated as one language in the past. Even Hindi/Urdu (Hindustani) is different where Urdu was the original name for the two languages. --Anatoli (обсудить/вклад) 00:25, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
The history you give is either irrelevant or wrong. w:Indonesian language is clear about Standard Indonesian being a standardised register of Malay. Sure there are many varieties of Malay, but Standard Indonesian and Standard Malaysian are both de facto based on only one of them (Malacca–Johor Malay), just like Standard Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian and Montenegrin are all based on the Eastern Herzegovinan Shtokavian sub-sub-subdialect of Serbo-Croatian and all written varieties of German are based on East Central German. That's a crucial fact that nationalists love to sweep under the carpet. It's a red herring to point to the huge dialectal variety of Malay, Serbo-Croatian etc. when the polycentric written language is based only on a single sub-sub-subdialect of the dialect continuum.
In any case, this still doesn't treat my original objection: Malay is not Malaysian! We do not have separate entries for "American English" or "Nigerian English" when there's already "English", or "Serbian" and "Montenegrin" when there's already "Serbo-Croatian". That's pure raving lunacy, for crying out loud. It's idiotic and makes not the least bit of sense. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 12:32, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
There was a vote to unify them in 2012, but it failed: Wiktionary:Votes/2012-12/Unified Malay. — Ungoliant (falai) 00:19, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for reminding. It seemed we had only one side of the story there - the Malay side, no Indonesian involvement whatsoever. --Anatoli (обсудить/вклад) 00:25, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
Why do you hate THE HYPHEN so much? How is SerboCroatian better than Serbo-Croatian? --Vahag (talk) 06:13, 4 July 2014 (UTC)


Just wondering, isn't googleable vs. unGoogleable kinda inconsistent? There's a cite for unGoogleable, so why not make the capital-G version the main entry?

Is there a difference in meaning in googleable vs. Googleable? Genericised trademark vs. specifically referring to Google's search engine? If so, it would be a better solution to separate the entries. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 23:49, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

bologna = lie?Edit


Is it true that in North America, we can say bologna for lies? The English Wiktionary miss this meaning. Thanks — Automatik (talk) 09:19, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

"See also: baloney"
--Catsidhe (verba, facta) 09:23, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
Ok, so bolognalie I guess. — Automatik (talk) 10:00, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
I found a few examples of that sense and spelling when I searched Google Books for "lot of bologna", "it's all bologna", but (not being American) I don't know how common it is. Equinox 11:28, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
We also find this spelling in Urban Dictionary. — Automatik (talk) 11:34, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
Based on Equinox's cites and my own suspicions that both spellings have both senses ("sausage" and "nonsense"), I've added {{synonym of|baloney}} {{gloss|nonsense}} to bologna. - -sche (discuss) 13:19, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
Interesting. I had always thought that 'baloney' was just a variant of the sausage, used to mean "artificial, not real, not genuine" hence "faux, false, misleading" due to the fact that it was supplemental (I.e artificial) meat product pawned off for real...Leasnam (talk) 13:26, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
additionally I think of bullshit as a right synonym for the 'nonsense' usage. Saying something's "bologna" or someone's full of bologa is basically like saying its bullshit or someone's full of shit. Leasnam (talk) 13:33, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
This is the synonym proposed by Urban Dictionary. — Automatik (talk) 14:46, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
They must speak American there (@ UD). I agree that bullshit is more apt than lie as a synonym. DCDuring TALK 15:40, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
I suspect that the similarity of the first syllable as pronounced in normal speech is no coincidence- it may be at least partly a minced oath. Chuck Entz (talk) 16:01, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
I agree; it probably started as a way of sounding like you were about to say "bullshit", then switching to something innocent at the last second. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 16:13, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

When you guys have a minuteEdit

[Originally posted to SemperBlotto's talk page.]

Not sure where to go about this, but Kephir pointed me here. A user named Dan Polansky has apparently developed both a misunderstanding about copyright law (both in general and particularly the 1st edition OED’s status under it) and a hard-on for my more recent entries. Certainly this edit was uncalled for (as displayed by Ungoliant MMDCCLXIV's swift reversion of it).

My talk page now has an extended conversation covering his stance and my rationale w/r/t content from the OED. In short, he'd like to remind me that copyright violations are bad. While they certainly are, the 1st edition OED no longer qualifies and more recent ones are still fine to lift quotes from, provided they are emended, supplemented, &c. and not wholesale copying.

To the extent I have made mistakes or we need some quotes added to particular entries, kindly let me know. Dan's scattershot blanking and misuse of process (including attempts to claim "consensus" against my improvements to pecker while fellow editors were reverting his changes and going to the talk page) probably means someone should be checking his edits out or holding his hand til he's less destructive of other's attempts to flesh out our entries beyond the old Websters. — LlywelynII 17:17, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Edit: His issues have now extended to spamming my talk page & removing quotes owing to punctuation. Admin got a minute? — LlywelynII 17:21, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Yes, Dan Polansky can be quite annoying and persistent, but he often has a point. I'm not sure if copying the OED's definitions and quotes in large chunks with only some rewording to definitions constitutes actionable copyright infringement, but it certainly smells of plagiarism. I would rather not have Wiktionary become a copy of the OED with all the serial numbers filed off to avoid detection. Chuck Entz (talk) 17:34, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
@Chuck Entz: You call it plagiarism, I call it "standing on the shoulders of giants". In any event, there is a proud tradition of plagiarism in making dictionaries. For example our English entries depend on a vast number of entries taken word for word from Webster 1913. For a very low estimate {{Webster_1913}} is used on 29,269 pages. See Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:Webster_1913 for a tedious listing. Similarly Dan Polansky "plagiarized" many entries from the Century Dictionary. DCDuring TALK 18:28, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
Specifically, some volumes of the first edition of the OED are freely downloadable, indicating that prevailing knowledgeable opinion (ie, Google's and OUP's attorneys) holds them to be out of copyright. DCDuring TALK 18:36, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
Yes, it's certainly all right to use content from other dictionaries that are out of copyright- with attribution. I'm mostly concerned about taking someone else's work, fiddling with it here and there, and then slapping our own label on it as if we had just made it up from scratch. Is it legal? Probably. Should we be doing it? I would say not. At any rate, it's easily solved by citing the OED as a reference, and putting more thought into reworking things. Chuck Entz (talk) 19:47, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
That is a counsel of perfection, beyond what we can practically achieve, especially in the short run. It fits right in with having three citations and at least one image or example for every definition for which such are possible.
And it is not sufficient to indicate the scope of the appropriate credit. I sometimes insert references to other dictionaries even without actually using them as source material, so a reference without an inline link from the particular element (definition, etymology, synonyms, etc) of the entry for which we are beholden to the reference does not reliably indicate that we are so beholden. DCDuring TALK 20:33, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
Speaking directly to the charge, no, he has no point. (1) He is not correcting or improving any entry; he is reverting wholesale unquestionable improvements of content without any improved content of his own. That is unquestionably bad (2) unless there were actual copyright violations involved. There are not, both because the 1st edition definitions and quotes are in the public domain and because I am not simply plagiarizing the content. (3) Even if the considered opinion of other editors were that some phrasings are too similar (there are a limited number of ways to tersely express some ideas), the solution is further rephrasing, not blanking of valid definitions. (4) Your concern about taste only appertains to whether or not to emend my edits (that's fine, btw, and can be taken point by point, but I will stand firmly behind using the 1st edition OED in part and in toto before some of the terrible Webster's content we use now); it has no bearing on whether they deserve extirpation even where they are unquestionable improvements to the earlier entries (as at pecker). We should, for instance, always be including the OED’s first attestations except where they have turned out to have been wrong; their etymologies are usually more thorough, accurate, and authoritative than most of the American editions. I've tried to be mindful of noting the OED in every entry where I've used it, despite the fact we currently don't support the reflist template.
Beyond that, the reason I'm here is the editor's abusive and now rather obsessive treatment. It is fine to offer improvements and point out policies. It is terrible to have an unhinged editor following behind people based on misunderstandings of policy and law, forcing editors to then follow behind him to clean up a mess he shouldn't be making in the first place. I don't want protracted arguments and edit wars across the project with this person; I don't want other editors having to deal with him (as apparently Chuck has or has witnessed). Whom should I be talking to about (a) addressing his few valid concerns (as at radish) and (b) pulling him aside for a discussion about public domain and abuse of fellow editors? I've tried but at this point lost any patience that might've made the ordeal successful. — LlywelynII 03:07, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
In the US, anything including the OED published before 1923 is out of copyright, and that published after that point is still in copyright. That is, everything including Vol. 9/2, Su, is out of copyright, and any fascicles of later volumes prior to 1923 will be out of copyright. That's US law; UK law protects for 70 years from death of author, so as per en:w:Oxford English Dictionary, "William Craigie, starting in 1901, was responsible for N, Q–R, Si–Sq, U–V and Wo–Wy" and Cragie died in 1957; "The fourth editor was Charles Talbut Onions, who, starting in 1914, compiled the remaining ranges, Su–Sz, Wh–Wo and X–Z." and Onions died in 1965. I don't know if Tolkien or other similar employees count; if so, Tolkien worked on Waggle to Warlock and died in 1973, and who knows the other authors and when they died.--Prosfilaes (talk) 01:29, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

pecker millEdit

The quotations currently in the entry do not contain "pecker mill" as a compound noun, so they should not be there as attesting quotations. If you agree with me, can you please remove the quotations? (I tried, but got reverted.) --Dan Polansky (talk) 17:27, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

While I can grant you the idea of a mill with a pecker in it can be confusing, the first quote most certainly does explicitly contain pecker mill as a compound noun. — LlywelynII 17:30, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
The head of an English lexical compound noun can be separated from the rest of it when it appears in a coordinate series of such nouns, eg "refrigerator and cattle cars"[5]. Thus the premise of your argument for removal of the quotation seems wrong. (Filling in the redlinked entry [See refrigerator car at OneLook Dictionary Search] seems a better use of time than debating.) DCDuring TALK 18:15, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
The quote "Rice mills, called pecker, cog, and water mills ..." seems good enough, which I originally did not realize. The second quotation got removed in diff by LlywelynII, without acknowledging that in an edit summary or here. --Dan Polansky (talk) 20:23, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
You shouldn't have to wait until your content-blanking edits are reverted before you realize your mistakes; make them in talk pages and policy conferences rather than letting them damage improved entries. As to my "acknowledgement", it's irrelevant to the entry itself but keep rereading the comment above until you see it. — LlywelynII 03:16, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

What does it mean for a seed to be "orthodox"?Edit

Encountered quote: "The seeds are orthodox and can be stored for a year or more" This is in connection with storing seeds from stone fruits. \Mike (talk) 04:11, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

The first Google Books hit on my search for "seed+orthodox" was:
  • 1995, Lawrence O. Copeland, Principles of Seed Science and Technology, page 183:
    To distinguish between these types of long- and short-lived seeds, Roberts (1973) proposed the terms orthodox and recalcitrant seeds. Orthodox seeds are long-lived seeds.
-- DCDuring TALK 04:19, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! The "explanation" I had at hand in the same book, was vague to say the least. \Mike (talk) 04:31, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
Apparently it applies at least to pollen, spores, and seeds. It is apparently not used in zoology. DCDuring TALK 04:41, 6 July 2014 (UTC)


I propose that the sense "Someone who or something that pecks, striking or piercing in the manner of a bird's beak or bill" is not made a supersense of which other senses are subsenses. It looks silly and is wrong, since at least the following are not hyponymic subsenses: An eater, a diner; A nose; spirits, nerve, courage; cock, dick, a penis; whitey; white trash; an aggressive or objectionable idiot. So I propose that the entry is reverted to this revision, which only differs from the current one in subsensing.

I know of no dictionary that does the subsenses for "pecker" in this way. I checked pecker at OneLook Dictionary Search dictionaries. I also checked an old edition of OED[6], which has the following: 1. one who or that which pecks; 2a. An implement for pecking; 2b. An obsolete sense for telegraphy; 2c. A shuttle-driver; 3. courage; resolution; 4. Pecker-mill. So even the old edition of the OED does not think that "courage, resolution" is a subsense of "Someone who or something that pecks", unlike what is done in the current revision. --Dan Polansky (talk) 07:53, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

In reference to an eater, "pecker" is precisely in reference to them pecking at food in the manner of birds; its reference to cocks, from their similar motion; the sense of nose (as noted) by extension from the sense of a bird's beak; the British senses of spirit (as noted) in turn derive from it. You could remove the "by extension" context template and nest them at further levels, but that seems unnecessary and doesn't change the overall structure. You may have a valid point with the last two: it doesn't change the structure of the definition at all (which is obviously your intent), but it may be valid to list them as etymologies 2 & 3 since they are directly derived by shortening other words and not immediately extensions of the primary meaning peck + er. I placed them where they are now because the compounds they are shortened from are (again) precisely derived from a cock's supposed resemblance to the motion of a bird's beak.
As an aside, I admit I am somewhere curious: you have on other occasions complained that the structure of definitions are under copyright and not to be duplicated; you then proceed to complain that our definitions differ (in simplification and improvement) from those in published dictionaries. What is it you think we should be doing? Do you really believe we have to copy precisely and only pre-1923 sources? I mean, obviously you are still wrong... but even on your take, the OED would still be preferable to the sources you continue to rely on... — LlywelynII 10:51, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
Since I do not have access to the modern OED: does the modern OED place "courage" as a subsense of "one who or that which pecks"? In particular, does the modern OED place all their senses as subsenses of a single supersense? --Dan Polansky (talk) 10:56, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
Subsenses are not about etymology, we have etymology headers for that. Since penis is not a subsense of one who pecks it should not be formatted as a subsense. Simple as that really. Renard Migrant (talk) 11:57, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
Fair enough w/r/t to nose (derived from beak, which is what is doing the pecking) and spirits (derived from nose), but again the "eater/diner" sense and "penis" senses do directly derive from "one who pecks/makes a pecking motion". What do you think about the placement of pecker (abbreviation of peckerhead and peckerwood)? Should they be additional senses below penis or separate etymology headings? — LlywelynII 05:58, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

pronunciation of a verdictEdit

I was looking for what word to translate the act of announcing a verdict in a court of law, in order to translate Middle French pronunciation. I thought it was pronunciation of pronouncement but neither have such a sense. Am I wrong, otherwise is there a word that means 'the giving of a verdict' in a single word? Renard Migrant (talk) 11:37, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

google books:"pronouncement of a|the verdict" gets a lot more hits than google books:"pronunciation of a|the verdict". Renard Migrant (talk) 11:51, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
pronouncement is fine for this (see sense 1). I think pronunciation is fine too; in that case we are missing a sense (basically the "act of pronouncing").
pronunciation is not fine. There's a lot of English out there I can't speak for, but if I heard it, I would register it as the wrong choice of words. google books:"the pronouncing of the verdict" also gets a number of hits.--Prosfilaes (talk) 22:44, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
Well, I've seen it used. Maybe it's old-fashioned. 1831: "The second part is the sentence, which is the judge's pronunciation upon a cause depending between two in controversy." Equinox 22:46, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
It may be a bit formal, but forms of pronounc* appears in BNC six times within 4 words of verdict, announc* appears seventeen times. Deliver* appears 24 times, but doesn't quite work with the same subjects. Results are similar at COCA. DCDuring TALK 00:31, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
I don't doubt pronounc*, or the rare or historical use of pronunciation, but I tend to think the meaning of pronunciation has got narrowed from what one might assume from the derivation from pronounce.--Prosfilaes (talk) 05:19, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
The existence of the doublet pronunciation and pronouncement has allowed the fairly sharp distinction that we experience in the nouns. But the verb encompasses both sets of meanings. DCDuring TALK 10:43, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

at one's fingertipsEdit

This definition doesn't sound 100 per cent right to me. In the developed world water is "readily available" for us, but it would be strange to say it is "at our fingertips", right? ---> Tooironic (talk) 22:31, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

Correct, unless if talking specifically in the context of using ones fingers or fingertips to access the water. Leasnam (talk) 23:46, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
Not all that strange:
  • 1998, Henry Harrison, Houses: The Illustrated Guide to Construction, Design and ..., page 98:
    To the U.S. homemaker, "running water" conjures up an image of the stainless- steel sink or a sparkling porcelain washer and dryer standing side by side in all their glory. The source of water is at one's fingertips.
-- DCDuring TALK 00:45, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
Right, in this particular context it's quite normal; but can you think of other instances (with air, electricity, food, assistance, grace, whatever..) where something is "readily available", but not necessarily "at one's fingertips"? Leasnam (talk) 12:42, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
Reading back over my statement above I think I have one--'God's grace'--it's "readily available", but not necessarily "at ones fingertips". Rather, it's 'just a prayer away' ;) Leasnam (talk) 12:49, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
I think the current definition should include some mention of apprehension or accessibility by finger or hand Leasnam (talk) 13:19, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
I think there is some immediacy in the accessibility. The reason water is not at our fingertips is because most people don't sit right beside fountains all day. --WikiTiki89 13:54, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
I agree. Abstract things such as information can be at one's fingertips without hands of fingers being involved. I think there's more to it, though- something like it being under one's control, though I haven't thought it through completely. Maybe it's something like "readily available for one's use". Chuck Entz (talk) 14:05, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
Well, actually, abstract things like 'information' are actually at one's fingertips literally...with the use of books, keypads, keyboards, mice, etc...'ideas', 'concepts', etc are not, as they cannot be accessed via handheld devices Leasnam (talk) 14:43, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
There is metonymy in this and other expressions, between the medium of information storage and the information itself. Perhaps the definition just needs a different adverb: "Immediately available." "For use" is redundant. I think 'immediacy' is close to the core of this expression. DCDuring TALK 16:48, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

beag#Old EnglishEdit

Would this not have been pronounced /bæːɑx/? --WikiTiki89 15:30, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

hmm, it has two forms: beag and beah--the latter of which would certainly be pronounced so, I would think. Difficult to say whether this is merely a spelling feature or representative of two different pronunciations. I favour the second, as /x/ was well understood to be written as h. Leasnam (talk) 16:00, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
Well I always thought the letter "g" (when not palatalized) was always a fricative and devoiced word-finally (except when following "n", when it is a voiced plosive). --WikiTiki89 16:04, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
Like a Dutch g? That might explain the variants with -g and -h Leasnam (talk) 17:17, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
Actually not like Dutch g, since I forgot to mention that word-initially it is a plosive. w:Old English phonology#Consonant allophones confirms most of this but does not mention the devoicing. There are other words that have equivalent alternative spellings (for example, burg/burh), which combined with the fact that s and þ/ð also devoice word-finally (and word-initially) leads me to believe that it was in fact devoiced. --WikiTiki89 17:34, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
In early Old English, the allophones of g still followed the Proto-Germanic/West Germanic distribution, with a plosive only after a nasal and when geminated, and a fricative in all other cases, including initially. Of course Old English palatalised these in some cases, but this didn't disrupt the allophony: fricative [ɣ] became [j] when palatalised, while plosive [ɡ] became [dʒ]. In late Old English, this was still the same, except for one point: plosive [ɡ] now appeared word-initially. This means that even late Old English still possessed [ɣ] non-word-initially, including in this word. But Old English also underwent occasional word-final devoicing of fricatives, which sometimes led to a [ɣ] > [x] change. —CodeCat 17:36, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
So do you agree that /bæːɑɡ/ for bēag is wrong and/or misleading? --WikiTiki89 17:38, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
Yes, it's wrong. I've corrected it to IPA(key): /bæːɑx/. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 18:11, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
I think that for the spelling in -g the voiced ɣ is more appropriate. —CodeCat 00:31, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
How sure are you that it was not regularly devoiced? Either way, I agree with CodeCat that /ɣ/ is better phonemically unless there is evidence that it was 100% always devoiced. --WikiTiki89 13:36, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
Old English had no voiced fricatives at the ends of words. None of [v ð z ɣ] could occur there; they appeared only between vowels. The first three were allophones of /f θ s/, but even though [ɣ] was an allophone of /ɡ/ rather than of /x/ (which disappeared with compensatory lengthening between vowels, rather than voicing to [ɣ]), the positional restriction against word-final voiced fricatives still held. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 15:27, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
The difference though, is that [v ð z] are allophones of /f θ s/, but with [ɣ], it's the other way around. I would even say that [g] is an allophone of /ɣ/, rather than the other way around. The way I see it, is that [x] is an allophone of both /h/ and /ɣ/, and I'm not entirely convinced that /ɣ/ either was or was not always devoiced word-finally (until I see some evidence or citations). --WikiTiki89 15:40, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

tickle someone's fancyEdit

The current definition is "To amuse, entertain, or appeal to someone; to stimulate someone's imagination in a favorable manner." I think the words "amuse" and "entertain" are inaccurate and should be removed. --WikiTiki89 20:50, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

Why are you asking a group of mostly non-native speakers (at most a small number of native speakers) an essentially empirical question? Speaking as a data point, I think the definition is fine as is. DCDuring TALK 21:34, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
I think at least half of our active editors are native English speakers. --WikiTiki89 13:56, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
Who do you think should research the question via cites or sorting through [idiom dictionaries that have this]? DCDuring TALK 14:27, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
Well before asking this, I checked a few dictionaries and only found only this, which I agree with more. I think to "cause amusement" is completely different from "amuse" and "entertain". --WikiTiki89 14:56, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
IMO there is no major semantic or grammatical difference among the appropriate senses of cause amusement to someone, amuse someone, entertain someone, and tickle someone's fancy, so that they are effectively synonyms. I suppose that tickle suggests a shorter duration and that entertain suggests a longer duration and allows for "seriousness" of the entertainment. Recognizing and confirming such subtleties would make this a much more useful monolingual dictionary, but would, or should, require significant attestation effort and force many {{ttbc}}s. DCDuring TALK 15:02, 9 July 2014 (UTC)
Are you saying that you'd rather have an inaccurate definition than recheck a few translations? I suppose it is the duration that makes up the difference between tickle and entertain, but I think that is significant enough. --WikiTiki89 15:22, 9 July 2014 (UTC)
My preference is a lexicographically ordered one, with FL and translation considerations always being less than monolingual English dictionary considerations, what with this being the English-language Wiktionary. But I feel that English-language considerations are often given short shrift. The result is the poor rating of Wiktionary as a whole in the US (and Australia, NZ, and Canada) relative to WP and to other dictionary sites. I have a feeling that, as far as making Wiktionary an excellent English-language dictionary, that ship has sailed. I don't think we can catch up. We may have five or ten times the number of English terms freely available that MWOnline does, but the entries they do have contain about twice as many definitions and which definitions are rarely inferior to ours and often greatly superior. DCDuring TALK 18:09, 9 July 2014 (UTC)
I don't think there is any more negative attitude toward Wiktionary than there is to Wikipedia (percentagewise). --WikiTiki89 19:29, 9 July 2014 (UTC)
You should take a look at the free metrics at alexa for and their ranking of top dictionary sites. Combing Wiktionary's low US (1069) and UK (759) rankings, but higher (670) ranking globally (specifically, eg, France (213), Germany (375), Poland(320)), MW's approximate parity with wiktionary globally, and MW's lack of non-English content, we must be far behind them in the US. I remember from previous inspections of the data that MW does poorly in the UK and Australia, where the indigenous dictionaries do well.
If you sign up you can do custom comparisons with other sites. DCDuring TALK 20:05, 9 July 2014 (UTC)
That doesn't mean people have low opinions of it. They might just prefer the thoroughness of professional dictionaries. --WikiTiki89 23:08, 9 July 2014 (UTC)
You have to have heard of something in order to have a low opinion of it. When I tell people in real life that I'm a contributor to (and even an admin at) Wikipedia, they're duly impressed. When I tell people in real life that I'm a contributor to (and even admin at) Wiktionary, I get blank stares or the question "What's that?". —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 14:34, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
I looked at the handful of "reviews" or listings of online dictionaries. We are not even mentioned in most of them. In contrast, MW and OneLook (!!!) are in almost all of them. Unfortunately that fits with my experience in telling people about Wiktionary. Except at the recent NYC Wiknic, I have NEVER had someone say "Cool" or something else that suggests they remember encountering the name previously, let alone using it. Globally, WP is #6 in website popularity and we are #670. DCDuring TALK 16:01, 10 July 2014 (UTC)


We're missing a sense of foncier, but I'm not 100% what its English equivalent would be. For example (from this article): un groupe professionnel ne peut atteindre des objectifs élevés s'il n'a pas effectué au préalable une préparation foncière de qualité. BigDom (tc) 08:25, 9 July 2014 (UTC)


The word svidaniya is a redlink on the page, do svidaniya, which is listed in this dictionary as an English word. Does it follow that svidaniya is an English word, and if so, how should we define it? bd2412 T 13:01, 9 July 2014 (UTC)

That's one of the side-effects of {{head}}'s new automatic word-linking feature. I've edited it to get rid of the redlink. It's certainly not an English word: like most English speakers, I had no idea before I started studying Russian that the "s" sound was on the second word- it sounds to me more like dos vidanija. Chuck Entz (talk) 13:20, 9 July 2014 (UTC)
Maybe {{only used in}} would be appropriate here? —CodeCat 00:30, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
I thought of doing it but DCDuring added head=, which fixed it. --Anatoli (обсудить/вклад) 00:37, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
Yes, but I think both do and svidaniya would need entries that link to do svidaniya. —CodeCat 00:51, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
Like this: svidaniya? I only don't know if it's a correct PoS. "свидания" in Russian is an inflected form but what is "svidaniya" in English? --Anatoli (обсудить/вклад) 01:03, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
Once more the tail is trying to wag the dog. It obviously isn't a phrase. Nor does it fit any of the other PoSs. I don't care that we call the whole term English and that we don't call it a Russian transliteration. But I do care that we might let the "imperatives" of a template force an English entry that makes no sense and an English etymology section that make no sense. If we are really worried that someone will look up "svidaniya" we could make it a hard redirect to do svidaniya. I will RfV for the independent existence of the two components with whatever "meaning" the definer assigns them. DCDuring TALK 01:11, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
I support a hard redirect. I oppose linking to do svidaniya from do. --WikiTiki89 13:37, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
I would also support a hard redirect, since this is almost certainly the only form in which English speakers will encounter svidaniya. One would also be needed for svidanya. bd2412 T 18:29, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
English readers will see it in da svidaniya, dasvidaniya, do svidaniya, and dosvidaniya. There are also variations svidania and svidanya. It looks like it also sees a bit of use in French. A redirect page might not be appropriate.
Why is there such urgency to create an entry for something that is not an independent lexical unit? May as well create an entry for da svi-daniya, because a reader may see it at the top of the page following a hyphen break. There is literally a zillion text strings that are not words. Linking or searching for them already returns information on the 404 and search results pages.
The problem here is that the Wiktionary does not yet have an entry page is lacking. It should present search results at the bottom, instead of just a search field as the fifth bullet point.
Another problem is that the search results page has about 660 px of vertical space of confusing clutter above any search results. I wonder how many millions of searchers don’t even see their search results before giving up. Michael Z. 2014-07-11 14:48 z
The range of pages English readers will see it in is the set of alternative spellings of the most common English transliteration of the phrase. That is to say, if there are a half dozen minor variations of the word, we will still be providing the sole definition applicable to all of them if we redirect this to the most common spelling. bd2412 T 15:13, 11 July 2014 (UTC)


South Korean has mostly lost the initial (l/r) in writing and pronunciation, except for some new loanwords, e.g. (yuk) "six" (North Korean retained it: (ryuk)) but it does show in combination with preceding words. Like surname (I) (Yi, Li, Lee, Ri, etc. - North Korean spelling: (Ri)) or number (yuk). Is 십육 (sibyuk) actually pronounced as /ɕʰimɲjuk̚/, rather than /ɕʰibjuk̚/ as if it were written 십륙 (simnyuk) - the North Korean way? @Wyang:, @TAKASUGI Shinji:, please comment if you can and check if 십육 (sibyuk) needs any changes - pronunciation and transliteration, "sibyuk" is probably a wrong transliteration, since our Korean module uses a phonetic method. --Anatoli (обсудить/вклад) 00:08, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

Please see my edit to the entry. Wyang (talk) 00:15, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
That was quick and easy, thanks :) So, the transliteration should be manual in this case? --Anatoli (обсудить/вклад) 00:17, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
Yes, since the Hangul spelling is non-phonetic. Wyang (talk) 00:18, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks again. I wonder why would they need to remove from the spelling, if it still pronounced in non-initial cases (as l, r or n) and is etymologically important. Just a thought. --Anatoli (обсудить/вклад) 00:37, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
They haven’t removed it; the North Koreans have added it for the phonological consistency. — TAKASUGI Shinji (talk) 13:36, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
@TAKASUGI Shinji: sorry for the late reply. I heard a different theory but Russian experts of Korean were probably biased by what they got from North Korea. Anyway, they don't only write but also often pronounce r (and sometimes "n" as in 여자->녀자) in initial positions, although older people have trouble with this and some regions prefer to drop it like South Koreans. --Anatoli T. (обсудить/вклад) 01:13, 24 July 2014 (UTC)


This is labelled as an "affix". I know nothing at all about Telugu, so I don't really know if this has a commonly understood meaning for Telugu, but we normally specify affixes according to type (prefix, suffix etc) so this seemed a bit odd. I'm bringing it up here in case someone knows more. —CodeCat 00:27, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

w:Telugu grammar refers to it as a suffix. - -sche (discuss) 16:08, 14 July 2014 (UTC)
What about the others in Category:Telugu affixes? —CodeCat 16:24, 14 July 2014 (UTC)
It doesn't have ఏ or కొరకు or గా or చే or చేత or తోడ or ను or మధ్య or యుక్తుడు (at least not as such; it has several with an additional -న్). It calls ఓ and కూర్చి and పట్టి suffixes. - -sche (discuss) 17:01, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

dyspepsia / dyspepticEdit

These two words have different etymologies in their respective entries. It seems to me that the one for "dyspeptic" is the better one (especially since the root listed for "dyspepsia" doesn't have an entry in Wiktionary). —This unsigned comment was added by AnthroMimus (talkcontribs).


The third definition (Prejudice or hostility towards adherents of Abrahamic religions.) just passed RFV with citations that use anti-Semitism against muslims. But if that is the meaning they are using, how come there is no google books:"anti-Semitism against Christians"? — Ungoliant (falai) 18:51, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

My guess is that the citations are using sense 2, and just equating Muslims with Arabs. The second citation seems to confirm this, because it speaks of "anti-Muslim racism". Using either sense 2 or sense 3 shows enough of a lack of understanding of the term anti-Semitism that I don't think it implausible that it would go hand in hand with a lack of understanding of the difference between Arab and Muslim. - -sche (discuss) 18:58, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
How's this? - -sche (discuss) 16:06, 14 July 2014 (UTC)
I have found some attestation in google groups and made some alterations accordingly. Hope its okay. Pass a Method (talk) 16:00, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for commenting PaM, but I remain unconvinced by your citations. The first one isn’t using the term, it’s just saying that anti-Semitism by Christians is equivalent to the anti-Christianity by Jews. In the second one, it’s the charge of antiSemitism, not the antiSemitism itself that is against the Christians. In the third one, he is saying that Romans regarded Christianity as a branch of Judaism, thus falling into the first definition of anti-Semitism. The sentence that follows the cited one is “The Romans used to call the Christians "the Jews of the sect of Christos".” — Ungoliant (falai) 16:15, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
I was just about to say what Ungoliant just said, but then I saw that Ungoliant already said it. --WikiTiki89 16:46, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
You're correct about the second one. For the first one there is a lengthy paragraph where the term anti-semitism is repeated and where it does seem to fit.
Christianity started off as an offshoot of Judaism, so the third cite would not fall under the first definition but would fall under a definition that would resemble "opposition to Semetic religions". On that note, since "semetic religion" and "abrahamic religion" can be used interchangeably they can be viewed as synonymous.Pass a Method (talk) 16:47, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
I just read the first cite (here) and it most certainly does not use "antisemitism" to mean hatred against Christians, but simply states that the Jews' hatred of Christians was "the same type of hatred". The third one is better interpreted as implying that the Romans considered Christians to be Jews, which the original Christians in fact were. --WikiTiki89 16:58, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

The whole set of "whole _" termsEdit


  1. the whole nine yards
  2. the whole shooting matchwhole shooting match
  3. the whole shitting matchwhole shitting match
  4. whole package
  5. whole shebang
  6. whole ball of wax
  7. whole enchilada

As far as I can tell, "the" is usually included when all of these terms are used, so I don't see a reason for there to be inconsistency in how they are titled. Should we move the last four to incorporate "the" into their titles, or drop "the" from the first three titles? (There is also kit and caboodle, but its placement seems to be justified by the existence of citations like "a kit and caboodle of".) Whatever we do, we should make sure we have hard or soft redirects at the other titles, e.g. whole shooting match (currently a redlink). - -sche (discuss) 20:05, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

There's also the whole megillah, also currently redlinked. Chuck Entz (talk) 21:40, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
For some of these, the story is as you say (with exceptions that can be ignored), eg, the whole nine yards, the whole enchilada.
Based on COCA data, for none of these expressions involving whole is a or a determiner or a possessive a frequent (>5%) substitute for the.
For ball of wax whole does not seem an essential part of the idiom, though it occurs with very high relative frequency. whole ball of bax = whole + ball of wax, the "whole" form occurring for 24 of the 49 occurrences of ball of wax at COCA.
For whole shooting match (9 such occurrences) an adjective can be inserted (2 such) between whole and the rest.
For whole shebang (95 such) an adjective intervenes 11 times.
Based on my own colloquial experience, for all of them vulgar intensifiers (fucking, damn, bloody etc) readily intervene as well.
Further shooting match often means a contest (in the same way as ballgame, ie "the whole ballgame", so whole shooting match is often (usually?) about a contest or achievement.
Lastly whole package is usually not idiomatic. It might be idiomatic in "Not only is he a very talented ballplayer, but also he's a kid with a great mind, which is more important than skill. You've got to have the whole package." But it has a more specialized meaning. DCDuring TALK 22:01, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
So should I add "the" where it's missing, since a and other things don't usually substitute for it? - -sche (discuss) 18:13, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
Are you sure that you want the in the headword for any of these that have a literal reading, which is probably all of them? We probably should have {{&lit}} for all idioms. In literal use the is not assured of being required. We have the option of having a label (usually used with the) on the sense line for the appropriate idiomatic definitions. The weasel word "usually" also gives the entry and definition a bit more robustness against error on our part, linguistic variation, and language change.
Even if you reject the argument above, the ones for which IMO the entry definitely shouldn't have "the", though a sense might, are ball of wax and shooting match, for which there are either other senses or use without the. DCDuring TALK 19:19, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
whole package does seem to occur in what might be an idiomatic sense without the:
  • 2010, Kay Moffett, ‎Sarah Touborg, Not Your Mother's Divorce, page 41:
    But that doesn't mean that he was right for you as a whole package.
I feel a lot better with hard redirects from a "the" form to a bare form, which bare form has labels, that with "the" as part of the headword.
I think the full monty belongs here as well. Chuck Entz (talk) 22:13, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

a rolling stone gathers no mossEdit

"A person who does not keep active will grow mouldy." Really? Can't we word this a bit better? This, that and the other (talk) 06:36, 13 July 2014 (UTC)

lol, I am tempted to add that definition to WT:BJAODN. I've had a go at rewriting it to, among other things, use the same 'tense' (not sure what the right word is) as the original phrase. - -sche (discuss) 07:05, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
Side note, the translations need to be split by sense. - -sche (discuss) 07:06, 13 July 2014 (UTC)


The declension table says it's inanimate, the headword line says otherwise. --Fsojic (talk) 09:17, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

Fixed. It is most certainly animate. --WikiTiki89 14:40, 14 July 2014 (UTC)


I'm new to wiktionary. Should I add this word to wiktionary? manpack. merriam webster. I think it's a very common word, and it's on merriam webster. Arichnad (talk) 14:53, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

Sure go ahead! Just don't copy the Merriam Webster definition. --WikiTiki89 14:55, 14 July 2014 (UTC)
Ok. I took a first stab at it. Thanks for your help. Arichnad (talk) 15:11, 14 July 2014 (UTC)
I see you made it a noun. MW defines it as an adjective, while it feels to me like a noun that is only used attributively, or at least mostly, since I do find some uses of the plural. The remaining question is whether it is ever used as a predicate adjective (such as "Those devices are manpack."), which I doubt. --WikiTiki89 15:22, 14 July 2014 (UTC)
Hmmm. It's probably both an adjective and a noun; you're right that I didn't notice it was an adjective on MW. I like the quotations you added to the article. ... I don't think it's an a predicate adjective. Arichnad (talk) 22:19, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

watcha vs. whatchaEdit

Before I grab some tea, I have a question. Should one of the two entries be scrapped and simply defined as an alternative form of the other? Both entries have the exact same definition. Watcha, however, is categorized as slang, while whatcha is categorized as colloquial. Thanks, WikiWinters (talk) 15:23, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

Yes, the question is which one? --WikiTiki89 15:41, 14 July 2014 (UTC)
If Google's Ngrams feature is to be believed, whatcha is considerably more common. I've centralized the content there. - -sche (discuss) 15:53, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

סיפא (aramaic)Edit

i don't speak aramaic (well, i guess noone does...) but the hebrew ("end") and english ("sword") translations disagree - anyone would like to arbitrate? thanks! —This comment was unsigned.

The Manual of the Aramaic Language of the Babylonian Talmud by Max Leopold Margolis glosses it as "Schwert, sword". - -sche (discuss) 14:56, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

Sked vs. scheduleEdit

Being a French guy aged 68, have been learning English since more than 50 years, I understand your word sked is a short colloquial word for schedule. Sked should deserve (at least) another meaning :

  1. a list of main facts for a person, close to our wp infobox, as written in the second part of this 2005 Canadian article: "Biopic looks at Twain's early years", URL accessed on 2014-07-15.

On the other hand, according to my 2010 Collins Robert French dict', there are two other usual meanings for schedule :

  1. a list of goods, contents (French : inventaire)
  2. a list of prices (French : barême)

But has sked exactly the same meanings of schedule ? Especially as sked is absent from the above dict' ;-(

Although the word (informal) allows various uses, I think both current meanings for sked are not properly written, and a native English speaker would be welcomed to improve both entries. Thanks a lot in advance w/ my... best regards from Paris :-) --Bibliorock (talk) 13:34, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

I can only speak for myself: I've rarely seen "sked", and only in the timetable sense. Equinox 20:54, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
I am a native speaker and honestly till now I have not seen the word before :/ Leasnam (talk) 00:58, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks a lot to both of u :-) Let's hope this Canadian journalist invented this shortening only once for this peculiar meaning ! --Bibliorock (talk) 03:44, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

formal language (formal)Edit

Wikipedia has an entry for formal language that suggests we need a new sense of formal. PS I cannot understand our entry formal language! Renard Migrant (talk) 15:05, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

I have tweaked the def a little bit (per Wikipedia); whether this makes it clearer to you I don't know; technical topics tend to require definitions that use other technical jargon. I think "formal" sense #6 (or maybe even #5) is adequate. Equinox 18:18, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

Reconstructed phrasesEdit

In the etymology section of ailleurs, I formatted a reconstructed phrase as {{m|la|[[in]] [[*aliore]] [[loco]]}}, giving: in *aliore loco. I wonder if this is the best way to format this? (@CodeCat: I'm happy to see that it works as expected at least!) --WikiTiki89 15:25, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

I saw something on Youtube. Where do I discuss it?Edit

Discussion moved from Template:discussion recent months.

I understand that you guys don't use talk pages as much as WP.
The word is leh.
The video is recent and currently has over 2.7 million hits. [7].
How do I do it here on WT? 15:55, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

and why does it show up here Template:discussion recent months? 16:02, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
What exactly do you want to discuss? Renard Migrant (talk) 18:48, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
You can read our Criteria for Inclusion. It seems that this word would not fit those criteria. --WikiTiki89 18:51, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
I'd judge it to be just like meh, but it could "mean" something else. Has it been used elsewhere with about the same import? Has it been used for more than a year? I don't think that we consider YouTube durably archived media, because the video could be pulled, but I'd be a bit surprised if Usenet doesn't show use. Of course there is always the chance that it is being put forward to gain publicity for the group's music. DCDuring TALK 18:52, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
I see that there is more than a "chance that it is being put forward to gain publicity". It just looks like a troll for publicity. And it is not easy to find it in use in English at UseNet. DCDuring TALK 19:16, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

  • "and why does it show up here Template:discussion recent months?"
    My error. I'm not often here.
  • "What exactly do you want to discuss?"
    Inclusion of an additional definition to an existing word entry.
  • "You can read our Criteria for Inclusion. It seems that this word would not fit those criteria."
    No, it doesn't seem to, nor does it seem a number of words here fit the criteria, yet they, and this word, leh, exist as entries. I just want to add an extra definition to it.
  • "I'd judge it to be just like meh, but it could "mean" something else."
    Not so according to the Urban Dictionary, for what's that worth.
    The UD definition doesn't unambiguously fit the YouTube use. DCDuring TALK 18:58, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
  • You callin' me a troll? I first heard part of the song on CBC-1's Q. I then checked YouTube. Cute video. You don't think it's worthy of inclusion? Fine. I thought I'd toss it here for as a topic. It just seems to me that the neat thing about a wiki is that things can be reverted. If YouTube pulls it, pull the extra definition out. 03:59, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

  • Re. "nor does it seem a number of words here fit the criteria, yet they, and this word, leh, exist as entries": If you find a word that does not fit the criteria, you can nominate it for deletion. Also, leh exists as an Albanian entry and has nothing to do with the English word, which is not included on that page. --WikiTiki89 14:32, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
Interesting that leh doesn't exist as an entry in the Albanian Wiktionary. It seems that the sourcing for "leh" as an Albanian word here is worse than as Indian slang. 14:52, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
The Albanian Wiktionary has much fewer editors than we do, and so is likely missing many words that we have here. Incidentally, you can see in the search results that you linked to that the word leh is actually used on the Albanian Wiktionary. If you look up leh in any real Albanian dictionary (such as this one), you will see they have entries for it. But if you still don't think it exists, you can nominate it for verification. --WikiTiki89 15:21, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
Okaaay; and let me guess: that dictionary is more reputable than the Urban Dictionary. So here's a dumb question—from me, a non-Wiktionarian, to you: why isn't it referred to in the entry? 15:42, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
Because we don't need to cite references in every entry. Anyway, our verification process does not rely on other dictionaries, but on durably archived quotations of the word in use. Urban dictionary is not a reliable source for any information, since they accept without modification pretty much anything anyone submits. --WikiTiki89 15:56, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

So where are the durably archived quotations of the word leh in use? 16:21, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

We don't look for them unless someone nominates it for verification, otherwise we would have way too much work on our hands. --WikiTiki89 16:45, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
and I don't want to be an asshole deletionist who might nominate hundreds of entries that are likely largely correct, however unsourced or uncited, particularly considering that I'm a newbie here. Would it be okay if I linked to this section from the discussion page once this section has been archived? 18:05, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
From which discussion page? Also, this section is already in its permanent location (we use monthly pages that don't require archiving). --WikiTiki89 18:10, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

The Talk:leh one. Thanks about the info about this page. 19:53, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Quoting above: "No, it doesn't seem to [meet the criteria for inclusion], nor does it seem a number of words here fit the criteria,"
Basically you're arguing because we have some bad entries here, we should include more bad entries? That's a bit like saying lots of people commit murder so why shouldn't I? Renard Migrant (talk) 23:12, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
Further point: WT:CFI#Attestation doesn't say the citations have to be in the entry itself, they just have to exist. Renard Migrant (talk) 23:14, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Eventually, I'll give w:Wikipedia:Other stuff exists and w:User:Master Thief Garrett/Don't add sewage to the already polluted pond a decent read—yeah, and I know, this ain't WP. I'm not sure that there are just some bad entries here, insofar that they're not readily sourceable or citable. Again, as I don't spend too much time here, I'm pretty ignorant; but if my suspicions are correct, then my inclusion won't really affect things that much for the worse—and that's assuming my, if you will, to use the metaphor, sewage is just that. Sourced or unsourced, citeable or uncitable, my suggestion that leh is also Indian slang might nonetheless be correct. Either there is little problem here with bad entries, and thus my suspicions are unwarranted; there is a big problem with many bad entries of which I'd add so little to; or the problem is the rule itself, or themselves.

To continue your murder analogy, would it be murder to shoot that which is already dead or dying (no, I'm not sure where that fits in here.:-)

As for WT:CFI#Attestation, it says,

"Where possible, it is better to cite sources that are likely to remain easily accessible over time, so that someone referring to Wiktionary years from now is likely to be able to find the original source. As Wiktionary is an online dictionary, this naturally favors media such as Usenet groups, which are durably archived by Google. Print media such as books and magazines will also do, particularly if their contents are indexed online. Other recorded media such as audio and video are also acceptable, provided they are of verifiable origin and are durably archived. We do not quote other Wikimedia sites[4][5] (such as Wikipedia), but we may use quotations found on them (such as quotations from books available on Wikisource). When citing a quotation from a book, please include the ISBN."

Hence, people here seem to think that while the current definition for leh might not be ideal, it nonetheless seems meet the the criteria for inclusion, however not readily cited; whereas mine, though from a recent YouTube video, is nonetheless linkable, is one with a lot of "hits": 2,853,352 as I link it around now; and will likely remain on YouTube as Lilly Singh doesn't seem all bothered by it existing on YT on Jian's show. Lastly, again, if the video is removed, one can edit out references to Indian slang. 03:03, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

The Albanian entry for leh is readily citeable (see google books:"lehte" "tutje", for example), it just hasn't been cited yet. YouTube is not durably archived, since videos can be deleted or modified. We don't make exceptions to this rule no matter how strongly you believe that this video won't be taken down. --WikiTiki89 13:39, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
  • I did a quick check and will do a better one later. I did not find "leh" in the first few of the results of the search you linked to.
  • the word is "leh," not "lehte" nor "tutje." I understand that Wiktionary can get mightily particular about this: no DAB pages and all that.
  • When I searched "lehte" here, it seemed to re-direct to Lehte, some sort of Estonian female name, "19th century literary invention from leht (“leaf”)".
  • tutje isn't semantically related to "leh"
  • Note I suggested that the YT video will likely be there for a long time, but even if it isn't then simply edit out my proposed addition when the YT video is pulled—again, that's a nice thing about wikis, they're editable. 16:20, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
    Actually, lehte is the third person past tense of leh, and tutje is just an Albanian word that I added to the search to make sure all the results were Albanian. Try also google books:"leh" "tutje" if you're not convinced by the conjugated forms. --WikiTiki89 16:50, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

Ah! I see it. First link. You're right. Second link, however looks German, and the third looks like it's some Spanish-speaking university. Seems there might be another definition here. I did a quick check here: w:Singlish vocabulary#L and a source for another possible definition for leh here. Btw, why not make lehte an entry rather than a seeming redirect (at least I think it's a redirect—it was when I was searching for it), and add the Albanian definition to tutje striking out my error here, 18:29, 17 July 2014 (UTC))? Again, I didn't really doubt that leh was an Albanian term, rather I noticed it wasn't (immediately at least) cited. You've corrected that somewhat. Thank you. I'll now also search Google books more often. Still my YT question stands. Why not, until it's pulled—now at 2,892,377 hits?—what's that, about 40 000 a day? 1.2 million a month? (for what it's worth.) 18:19, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

re: "I noticed it wasn't (immediately at least) cited" That would be true of almost all senses of almost all words in all languages in our entries. Similarly for almost all dictionaries for all languages in the world, the OED being a prominent exception.
Citations are present in entries because someone, possibly the creator of the definition, had some doubt about the definition or the citations preceded the definition, in cases where someone couldn't understand what the definition appropriate to the citation was. Finding citations that fit a definition takes a good deal of effort and usually leads to an adjustment of the definition. New uses, obsolete uses, and rare uses are the ones that need citations the most. DCDuring TALK 18:55, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the explanation, and, if I may ask, where would the YT video—and the interview on Q—stand? Could it be used in the citation page? 19:08, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
As I've already said, we don't use YouTube as a source. If you disagree, start a discussion at the WT:Beer parlour, but I'm certain you will get only negative responses. --WikiTiki89 19:16, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

You said, "YouTube is not durably archived, since videos can be deleted or modified." not that WT doesn't use YT videos as a source. Is that explicitly stated in a page here that you can easily and readily cite? Don't worry, I'll soon be letting the issue go. You all have given me much time and effort explaining it to me, and I appreciate that. As previously asked, could I put a link on Talk:leh to this section? 19:27, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

I'm actually not sure where it says this explicitly, but if you read WT:RFV discussions, you'll see that the only sources we really accept are books/newspapers/etc. that are published in print and Usenet discussions. --WikiTiki89 19:45, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
Print sounds good, though I'm not acquainted with Usenet (more WP reading for me, I suppose). As I implied, I'm reached my limit here. If the video had, say, 100 million hits, I'd push it more; but given that it doesn't quite have 3 million, there aren't many other sources—none really—at least none I can readily find, and yeah, Lilly Singh has much an interest to promote it, I'll, again, let it go. But again, what about a discussion page link? I don't want to act without an opinion about it here. 20:09, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
Sure, there's nothing wrong with putting a link to this discussion on Talk:leh. --WikiTiki89 20:19, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
Very well. Thank you. I will do so in no less than 24 hours from this post. 22:16, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
It's been well over 24 hours: almost a month.
I've now turned the internal link to the above talk page from red to blue.
(Also by now [8] the video has gone from over 2.7 million hits in 15 July (2014) to a little over 4.3 million.) 18:24, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

"Words, contractions, and licenses"Edit

I can't seem to figure out what "license" means in this context: --Brainy J (talk) 23:57, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

Probably the "freedom to deviate" sense; see poetic licence. Equinox 23:58, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
So "licenses" here essentially means "idioms" or "metaphors"?--Brainy J (talk) 00:04, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
I would say it means "liberties taken with the language", i.e. non-standard usages. Equinox 19:06, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Pronunciation of "cutter", "buddy" and similar wordsEdit

It seems to me that the listed IPA pronunciation of "cutter", "buddy" and similar words doesn't account for this phenomenon:

Has this been discussed before? If so, can someone point me to such a discussion? Thanks. —This unsigned comment was added by Gabrielgauthier (talkcontribs).

Cutter and buddy currently only provide broad transcriptions. (Cutter doesn't even provide a complete broad transcription, all it has is a link to a Rhymes page, and those are titled using broad transcriptions of Received Pronunciation, except in cases where the American/Australian/etc pronunciation is phonemically different, as with e.g. lever.) Broad transcriptions don't encode allophonic information like w:Intervocalic alveolar flapping; that kind of information is encoded in narrow transcriptions (even in Wikipedia's page on the subject). Pearl is an example of an entry that provides both a broad and a narrow transcription. You can add narrow transcriptions to cutter and buddy, if you like. Cheers! :) - -sche (discuss) 00:38, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

it's not even funnyEdit

I think this phrase merits in entry for use in the sort of disjointed sense found in citations like 2014, Lynne D'Amico, Force of Mind, Song of Heart, p. 61: "We're so far from the head table that's it's not even funny!" Any ideas on how to define it, though? Cheers! bd2412 T 02:15, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Hearing no response, I'm going to give it a shot. bd2412 T 16:06, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
I would add that it is to such an extreme that under most circumstances <such and such> would be found amusing, but in this <extreme> instance it is so bad that it is utterly pitiful and sad that one cannot muster a laugh. Leasnam (talk) 18:59, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
Even is definitely optional in this expression. The expression seems so far from being idiomatic that it's not funny any more, at least not to me. DCDuring TALK 19:25, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
BD has come up with quite an interesting entry here. Other alternative forms: it's not funny (per DC), it isn't even funny, it isn't funny, it is not even funny, it is not funny. But how to write a definition that isn't just a gloss? A challenge so interesting that, oh yeah, it's not even funny! (Hmm, I wonder if this expression is ever used, with this sense, without a preceding occurrence of that and an earlier preceding occurrence of so. Y'know, given that the expression only has this sense in a specific kind of context involving a comparison, I'm starting to suspect it is idiomatic.) -- · (talk) 19:56, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
The citations provided suggest that the thing need not be something that would actually be "funny" if presented in a lesser degree. For example, if someone says "I respect this guy so much it's not even funny", that would suggest that if he respected the guy, but not as much, it would be funny. However, there is nothing inherently funny about respecting someone, so appending the qualifier makes it clearly idiomatic. I'll add that as used in this sense (as opposed to the literal sense of pointing out that something that is supposed to be funny but is not), the exact phrase "it's not even funny" is used with much greater frequency than any other variation, so far as I can tell. Removing the "even" returns a very high proportion of instances where the writer is merely claiming that a situation literally lacks humor. bd2412 T 18:01, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
Just because the frequency of the kind of use of "it's not funny" under discussion to a more straightforward use is low that does not mean it is less frequent that the expression with "even". Are you trying to slip us the old rubber peach? DCDuring TALK 18:22, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
I mean that "it's not even funny" being used to indicate an extended degree of some condition appears to get a lot more hits than "it's not funny" being used to indicate an extended degree of some condition. bd2412 T 18:27, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
A search at COCA for collocation with "so" with "it 's not even funny" [sic] yields 11 raw hits, one of which is probably not the use in question. With "it 's not funny" yields 4. I think the more parsimonious version makes for a better headword, but whichever is chosen the other should redirect to it and the inflection line show "even" in parentheses. DCDuring TALK 18:42, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
It is interesting how the use of "even" in this grammatical context has category merged to allow use in phrases such as "I'm not even lying". The intended sense is "I'm really not lying". Rich Farmbrough, 15:33, 17 July 2014 (UTC).

Unspecified in amusicalEdit

Under the amusical category there is no mention of those known as amusical because they simply do not like music (any of it). It is not that we do not get music, in fact I am amusical and can fully understand the emotion behind music, and I can hear all tones/sound normally (I took medical tests to confirm this). I even dabbled in writing music, and it was pretty well done. I only stopped because I had no incentive to continue, being amusical and all. If I recall correctly about 3% of the population is amusical.

I think you mean the entry amusical. We go by usage, do people use the word amusical to mean uninterested in music? If so, prove it! Find source that use the word in this way. Renard Migrant (talk) 23:07, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Inverted N to represent Ñ?Edit

I was in Spain last week, and I noticed that in non-typeset all-caps text (both informal, such as graffiti, and formal, such as stone inscriptions on graves in churches), an inverted N (i.e., something like И) was used instead of Ñ. Does anyone know anything about this? —RuakhTALK 23:03, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Drum (house, home) and humdrum etymologiesEdit

For the former there are two etymologies floating about, from droma, a Roma word meaning road, or from drummers who knock at doors searching for empty houses to rob. (Also the reattachment to "drum and bass" => "place", the backronym equivalent for rhyming slang.) Any RS, please add to the definition pages. Rich Farmbrough, 15:29, 17 July 2014 (UTC).


Several of the senses and citations seem problematic. First there is the sense "religion, culture and customs of Palestinians and other Arabs", which has citations like "Can Mazel's acts in modem terminology be considered as anti-Palestinian semitism? According to Israeli right wingers the incident is considered as a form of heroic act, some skeptics considered it as a "Mossad" intelligence power play". I find it hard to interpret that as using the sense in question. The other citations, since they specify "Arab semitism", "Palestinian semitism", seem like they are using a (missing) broad sense like "religion and culture of the Semites"; if they were using a sense "specifically, religion and culture of the Arabs", they would be tautological.
Then there is the sense "religion, culture and customs of adherents of Abrahamic religions", which Heka already removed once because "the quotes [it had at that time refer to Jewish features of Islam [...] sense 1". The citation it now has of "vernacular Semitism was again raising its head against Hellenic influence, and asserted to itself the right of translating into the vernacular" seems to be using the sense "idiom of the Jewish vocabulary", or the "religion and culture of the Jews" sense. - -sche (discuss) 16:23, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

ain't tryin' to hearEdit

Any idea what to do with this phrase? It's African-American slang used to mean someone would prefer not to hear about something (e.g. 2004, T. Fulton, Da Joka: Frisco's Finest, page 332: "So, now that everybody knows everybody's name, let's smoke, and I ain't tryin to hear that I don't smoke shit either"). Note that the "that" at the end is common, but highly substitutable. bd2412 T 18:10, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

Is it used with verbs other than hear? --WikiTiki89 19:13, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
It is, but it seems that other uses ("ain't tryin' to get knocked by the feds", "ain't tryin' to save the world", "ain't tryin' to fuss or fight witchu") would seem to be more literal uses of not "trying" to do something, whereas use with "hear" (and, as it turns out, "see") conveys not wanting to see or hear what is already being seen or heard. bd2412 T 02:04, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
Side note: "tryin' to" seems to be the most common expression, but "trying to" exists, as does "tryna". bd2412 T 02:05, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
I don't want to hear that you're trying force another non-idiom into Wiktionary, this one wrapped in AAVE disguise. I think that you need to consider meaning of hear other than the most basic. For example, is this evidence that the intransitive sense of hear in "I won't hear of it" has become transitive (dropped the of)? Or is a modern version of heed? DCDuring TALK 10:58, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
It has always been my impression that the expression "I won't hear of it" is generally used when the speaker is offering some amenity (e.g. "I can stay in a hotel" "oh, I won't hear of it, you'll stay in my guest house") literally means that if the speaker were not to offer that amenity, they would later hear others talking about their lack of generosity. By saying "I won't hear of it" in that context they mean "I won't, in the future, hear people talking about it". By contrast, when a parent tells their teenage child to clean their room, and the teen responds, "I ain't tryin' to hear that", the teen is basically saying that the instruction is something they would prefer not to have heard (even though they have necessarily already heard it to be saying that). My goal here is not to "force" anything into Wiktionary but to clarify a usage that is likely to be confusing to those who come across it. Of course, if this is a "a modern version of heed" then it probably merits an entry because I know of no other expression where "heed" is used mean "hear", and I think it would be awkward to have a definition line at "hear" indicating that it means "heed", but only in the context of being prefaced by "I ain't tryin' to". bd2412 T 13:29, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
MWOnline's entry for hear has heed as a synonym for one of its senses. AAVE usage examples would certainly spice up our entries.
I know you are not really trying to force-fit an SoP expression into the idiom mold: it comes naturally to you, just as it is natural for me to look at the level of word senses to understand expressions.
If AAVE syntax allows not/n't to be moved from standard English "I'm trying not to hear X" to AAVE "I'm not trying to hear X" that would be a fact about AAVE syntax.
IOW, I think we need more evidence than we have at hand to rule out alternative hypotheses about decoding this. Maybe I'll find a fellow resident of my city whom I can ask about these possibilities, but I doubt that I would get more than just another data point. Maybe I can find something in some book about AAVE, with which my city's library is relatively well stocked. DCDuring TALK 17:28, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
Actually, what comes naturally to me is making a hundred thousand good edits to this project, which I think allows me the presumption that I understand what should and should not go into a dictionary that claims to define all words in all languages. With respect to this specific phrase, how is this at all SoP? This is a set phrase that uses words in a way that do not adhere to any of the dictionary definitions that we offer. What definition of "trying" covers preferring not to have heard something? Your own analysis suggests this may be what would be a rather novel pronunciation of "heed". Do you really think that young black people are trying to channel Shakespearean English when they use this phrase? bd2412 T 19:53, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
I do not think that you are hearing me or MWOnline or other current dictionaries. The sense of hear ("heed", "pay attention to") is quite current. I have no idea where the authors of these AAVE works actually get their vocabulary, but it is hardly a stretch for any speaker, probably in any language, to use a verb referring to a sensory process (inattentively hearing, seeing, etc) to refer to actually ("really") absorbing the import of the sensory data (attentively hearing, seeing, etc).
I see nothing in any of the citations suggesting inattentiveness. I frankly think that you are imposing your own cultural biases on this phrase, and therefore not understanding how it is actually used in practice. I think some video examples may help you to understand, for example "They wanna see me six feet, I ain't tryna hear it" (at 0:17, 2:05, and 3:26), "are you a gangsta? (nigga, I ain't tryin' to hear that shit) / you bust guns, nigga? (nigga, I ain't tryin' to hear that shit) / oh you a pimp, huh? (nigga, I ain't tryna hear that shit)" (at 0:52); "Save that attitude for someone else. Why? Cause I ain't tryin to hear that. You need what? I ain't tryin to hear that. Check this out. I ain't tryin to hear that." (at 1:02). bd2412 T 00:12, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
Could be. DCDuring TALK 00:15, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
I think "won't hear of it" means something more like "refuse to allow or to agree to". Think about examples such as "I won't hear of such behavior in my house". Chuck Entz (talk) 01:21, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
If so, then perhaps we need an entry for won't hear of. That is certainly different from "ain't tryin' to hear", which expresses a completely different attitude (for reference, watch those video clips and consider how they would sound if the speaker substituted "won't hear of it"). bd2412 T 14:45, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

Phallus v phallusEdit

This seems to be the recommended location for a discussion of the phallus & Phallus entries. (This line should be automatic or prompted, to ensure visitors to this Tea:discussion & the more obvious Discussion:Talk are not missing each other.)
There seems to be two phallus entries, one having no actual definition, but both with a bunch of items.
One is mostly in English, but identified as a 'German' entry in
--Wikidity (talk) 00:49, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Yes, that's right. phallus is an English noun, Phallus is a German noun, which is being defined in English in this wiktionary. If you wish a definition of the German noun im Deutsch, then there is de:Phallus in the German Wiktionary. --Catsidhe (verba, facta) 01:19, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
   Ugh! The suffix on the pronounpreposition is right (if you intend to imply the definite article, but anyone who's studied the language says "auf Deutsch" and not even "auf dem Deutsch). My eyes still hurt.
After research on German Google, the auf version has (i'm surprised to say) only twice the hits. One page near the top says
   "In Deutsch" wird häufig als Anglizismus beschrieben, als zu wörtlich übersetzte Version von "in German".
(I read that instance of "zu" as "too", not "to".) Perhaps the ratio reflects massive and lousy machine translations of English Web pages into German.
--Jerzyt 04:36 & 04:49, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
German isn't in my Babel Boxes for a reason... Me not talk Germanish goodly. --Catsidhe (verba, facta) 04:39, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
All entries at are in English, since this is the English Wiktionary. If you want definitions, etc. in German, you need to go to, which is the German Wiktionary. The entry at Phallus is about the German word: in German, all nouns are capitalized, so it's under the capitalized spelling. It has a one-word definition, which links to the English entry at phallus. As for "Discussion:Talk"- there's no such page at English Wiktionary, so there's not much risk of confusion between the two. Chuck Entz (talk) 01:25, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

gash (noun)Edit

   Most dicts seem to agree that the core meaning of gash#Noun is a deep cut in flesh (& my favorite lang. authority & i agree), with (the metaphor of?) devastating damage to the landscape or built surroundings being secondary. It's especially egregious to pick a usage of the second kind as the sole example of the noun.
--Jerzyt 03:09, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

I don't know what you mean by secondary, but in the first couple pages shows a gash in the world, the darkness, the glades, the neck (note that the second one is a mere duplicate), the hat (contrasted with the wound in the head), the young child's head, the pipe, the tread, the side of Building 7, the terrace front, the forehead, the side (of a tree), the cheek, the bark, and the wrist. So ten non-human (no animal, two plant) and five human. And "The wound in the head, which corresponded with the gash in the hat, and the wound just above it were about as far apart as the hammer of a six- shooter, and the cylinder of the same are apart." and "There was a very nasty gash in the pipe, passing three-quarters of the way round its circumference and measuring about 1½ inches in width." don't feel the least bit metaphorical; they're precise technical statements.--Prosfilaes (talk) 05:12, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
Or to graph this Google Ngrams gives us "gash in the Earth" at four times more common in the modern day as in the cheek, in the head and in the neck combined.--Prosfilaes (talk) 05:18, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
The solution is very simple: just add an appropriate quote to go with the one you don't like, so the quotes are more balanced. I will say that having just "a deep cut" seems to oversimplify things a bit, though it does minimally cover all the cases. Chuck Entz (talk) 23:01, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Template:U:gl:false friendEdit

I'm not sure exactly how this template is supposed to work, but clearly not like this. --WikiTiki89 13:29, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

See also WT:RFM#Template:U:es:false_friend.2C_Template:U:gl:false_friend_et_al. - -sche (discuss) 17:31, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
In that case, we should just delete them, since they don't work anyway. If we need them, we can recreate them from scratch. --WikiTiki89 17:34, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
It's of questionable use. If you look at French sensible it doesn't have any usage notes about how it doesn't mean sensible. Does it need them, or is there mere fact that sensible isn't listed as a definition enough? Is it good practice to say what a word doesn't mean, even in these circumstances? Renard Migrant (talk) 19:53, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
I think it's potentially useful, but only in cases where the difference in meaning is particularly unexpected and particularly likely to cause problems, such as with Spanish embarazada (pregnant), or particularly interesting. Mostly the fact of being a false friend is just one of those bits of trivia that some find interesting and others view as clutter, such as anagrams. Chuck Entz (talk) 23:38, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
I bet it's almost never useful as an on-page warning message, since someone who's looking up the word is likely someone who already suspects that it may not always mean what it looks like. But a category or appendix could be useful. —RuakhTALK 23:47, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
Anyway, I figured out how the template works and have fixed entries misusing it. Now keeping it can be addressed as a question of its own. --WikiTiki89 20:05, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

amen in ItalianEdit

I am Italian, and in Italian we often use "amen" in the sense of "no matter", "never mind", often in the expression "pace amen", which means the same as "pace". I think we should add that sense to the article. 16:28, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

The point of a wiki is that you can add it yourself. --WikiTiki89 17:18, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

bite = a step in suture? (ophthalmology)Edit

Found this unusual meaning of 'bite' while reading ophthalmological articles. Hard to grasp its precise sense at first bite, but seems to the something like "a step, an iteration, one stitch in a continuous suture". Seems not to be covered in the Wiktionary article for 'bite':

Most corneal surgeons prefer deep partial-thickness corneal suture bites over full-thickness bites. Incorporating 95% of the donor’s and host’s relative corneal thickness avoids posterior wound gape. Full-thickness bites may be associated with a higher chance of leakage along suture tracks and serve as a portal of entry for microorganisms or epithelial ingrowth.

--CopperKettle (talk) 17:04, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

I found a definition via OneLook in Segen's Medical Dictionary that seems possibly analogous to this:
(Pathology) A popular term used as an adjective, noun, or verb in reference to material obtained by a grasping type of biopsy forceps—e.g., alligator forceps
But the term as in the corneal-suture case you found seems to be used in reference to sutures generally. I thing the idea is that a surgeon uses a surgical instrument (eg, forceps, needle) to take a bite of tissue. In the case of a surgeon using a needle the bite seems to be followed by attaching the suture material to the needle and drawing it back through the bite. I can't get an image from Google Books because the ones I've seen seem to all be copyrighted and invisible. DCDuring TALK 23:53, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
Bite is used similarly in sewing. DCDuring TALK 23:55, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
So bite seems to mean a stitch or the length of a stitch: "For a perfect invisible hem, adjust the amount of bite of each stitch by adjusting the needle position or stitch width". --CopperKettle (talk) 03:56, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
I cannot see the text in the link you provided. But I don't think it is the stitch itself, but the amount of material looped by the needle and thread. DCDuring TALK 04:33, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
Here, at Medscape, the expession "to place a bite" is used. Looks very similar to "place a stitch" to me: "This distance is marked on the sclera with the caliper, and 7-0 or 8-0 double-armed polyglactin suture is used to place 2 radial bites on either side of the mark. These bites should be about 1.5 mm long and 1.5 mm from each other." --CopperKettle (talk) 06:44, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
I was trying to make sense of how the sense began, but even so, your example is quite clear that the meaning has become "stitch" in some cases. It obviously isn't that in all cases because in the sewing example you give substituting "stitch" for bite yields adjust the amount of stitch of each stitch. So in the course of sense development to stitch it seems to have taken on various meanings including a certain kind of stitch, the amount of material "grabbed" by a surgical instrument or tool such as a needle, etc., the finished suture, etc.
I suspect that this kind of aspectual range of senses occurs whenever a noun (often deverbal in origin) refers to a process the stages and details of which need to be discussed. The context must determine which aspectual definition applies because some of the texts seem to use the word with two or more aspectual meanings. Wording this seems a challenge. A picture would help, but I haven't found one on Commons. I'll look elsewhere for an example that a definer could use and also place a request for an illustrative image at Commons. DCDuring TALK 12:17, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
I asked a question at StackExchange, and a guy, a healthcare worker from India, pasted a good image. I later struck upon this page: w:Vertical mattress stitch, and it occured to me that bite is not equal to stitch after all: a stitch may have one or several fragments that go above the patient's tissue. Such a fragment is not part of the bite. The part of the stitch that travels through the tissue itself is the bite. Hence, a vertical mattress stitch has two bites: one is shallower, the other is deeper in the tissue, and two small fragments that go above, these are not part of the bites. --CopperKettle (talk) 13:06, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
The Stack Exchange image is helpful. Not your respondent's caution in verifying the definition. I'd wait for more responses or other information. DCDuring TALK 15:01, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
Here is a simple clear image (but copyrighted) using "bite". DCDuring TALK 15:22, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
In sewing bite may be said to be "seam margin", "stitch width", "how far from the edge you place each stitch", etc. This all converges on an intuitive meaning, but still makes a precise gloss that covers all the usage difficult. DCDuring TALK 15:53, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
Then maybe we should add one separate definition for surgery: (surgery) The portion of a surgical stitch that traverses through the patient's tissues. And one for sewing: (sewing) the width of a stitch; the amount of fabric used to achieve a stitch. --CopperKettle (talk) 05:53, 20 July 2014 (UTC)


I just changed the context label on the "eraser" sense of rubber from "Commonwealth of Nations" to "UK", but this strikes me as incomplete. My impression is that this is a widespread sense that's been displaced in the US (or North America?) by the "condom" sense, with the taboos associated with the latter sense blocking any other sense that might be confused with it. If that's true, then the "eraser" sense is best described by absence in one region, rather than presence in a somewhat random assortment of regions. Our categorization currently doesn't seem to be able to handle this sort of thing. Any suggestions? Chuck Entz (talk) 19:04, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

How do you know that's the reason? --WikiTiki89 19:12, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
What part of "My impression is" gave you the impression that I knew it was the reason? :) It just seems like a reasonable explanation. At any rate, my question was about how to change the context label to best fit the distribution of usage- whatever the cause. Chuck Entz (talk) 22:34, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
My experience of its use is that children use "rubbers" to erase pencil marks, but adults tend to associate the word with condoms, and instead use "erasers". Even though we don't, as a rule, call condoms "rubbers". A "pencil rubber" is safely unambiguous. (Melbourne, Australia) --Catsidhe (verba, facta) 22:27, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
What labels would fit that kind of situation? (naive speakers) vs. (sophisticated speakers)? The situation doesn't seem likely to be unusual, though attestation might be difficult. DCDuring TALK 23:07, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

друному in RussianEdit

Browsing the Romanian Wiktionary's Cafanea I came across this word. I'm not an expert in Russian, but I tried to sequence the phrase and crack its meaning. I have two problems. One, which is "secondary", is «I want your words» doesn't quite make sense. Is there a verb implied there? The main point is: the word in the title is unknown to google, and I can't find it neither here nor in the Russian Wiktionary. From the -u ending, I would infer it is a dative, but I'm not sure, maybe in some declension -u is another case. What does that mean? What case is it? Can we create an article about it? P.S. I have read the term «babel box» in a Tea Room discussion above this. What is it and how do I reach/edit it? I'd like to add a few languages, as I understand its function is to list the languages a user understands. MGorrone (talk) 21:05, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

It's a typo for другому. The phrase "по другому" means "in a different way". As for Babel boxes, you can look at the on my user page as an example and then add your own to your user page. --WikiTiki89 21:15, 18 July 2014 (UTC)


In the definition of "digital" (definition 3, "Of or relating to computers or the Information Age"), you have the example "a digital radio station". Strictly, this is an example of definition 2, "Property of representing values as discrete numbers ...". This is because digital radio is named for its digital modulation, as distinct from analogue modulation such as frequency modulation (FM) or amplitude modulation (AM). A better example for definition 3 would be "digital storage", or "digital camera". However, the whole concept is suspect, of definition 3 being different from definition 2; this is except in so far as "digital", definition 3, is a synonym of "computerised"/"computerized". —This unsigned comment was added by Sedgwicknc (talkcontribs) at 07:00, July 19, 2014.

I've changed the usage example for definition 3; do you like it now? --WikiTiki89 12:41, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

a _plausible_ speaker uses specious arguments or discourse?Edit

That's what the entry for 'plausible' says.

I think _some_ who seem plausible may be using specious arguments or discourse.

But surely not every plausible speaker is doing that.

It seems like plausible speakers should be like plausible explanations: sometimes correct.

Am I wrong?

That definition (currently the third sense) doesn't sound very plausible to me: I would guess it's a misunderstanding based on the fact that you're less likely to point out that someone seems plausible when they're obviously telling it the way it is. Still, it's possible that the misunderstanding might have become part of actual usage. There are a fair number of terms that have changed meanings in such ways: a good example would be prove, which started out meaning "test", but now means "show to be true". I think we should take this to Requests for verification to see if there's any usage that backs it up. Chuck Entz (talk) 02:01, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
Now posted at Wiktionary:Requests for verification#plausible Chuck Entz (talk) 02:08, 20 July 2014 (UTC)


I am such a tyro that a made several mistakes (which other editors have helped by courteously correcting) in trying to set up the proper entries for "Acridophagi" (which is probably the only attested form) for a supposed people who are locust eaters, for acridophagus (which is the singular form), and for acridophagi. I managed to create the "uninflected" form, and its lower-case plural, but I have no idea about creating the capitalized form, and I at a loss about conveying the only significant information, that the ancient geographers talked about that supposed people. And, BTW, I am so ignorant about Wiktionary that I bet that I'm posting this in the wrong place. TomS TDotO (talk) 02:39, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

You have to create Acridophagi as a separate entry. We rarely use redirections. — Ungoliant (falai) 02:44, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
Yes, I learned that. But I thought that there should not be a totally different upper-case entry and lower-case entry. You're saying that I can create an A...i entry without interfering with the a...i entry. (Of course, I have to note that A...i is related to but I could create A...i ignoring the existence of an a...i entry?) BTW, thank you for cleaning up the messes that I left. And I'll mention why I bothered with such a rare word: I came across the word while reading, and didn't know what it meant, and could not find it in Wiktionary, so I thought that I would save someone else the same work. TomS TDotO (talk) 08:37, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
In this case they have to be totally different, because their meanings and parts of speech are different. — Ungoliant (falai) 17:17, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

to cheese-wire, cheesewireEdit

Do you believe it merits inclusion?

  • Example for cheese-wire, cheesewire: "Long scleral suture bites are recommended to reduce the risk of the sutures cheese-wiring out of the sclera when the sutures are tied." (Strabismus surgery) --CopperKettle (talk) 04:20, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
Yes. The denominal verb is transparent given the meaning of the noun and the context, but that is not a reason to exclude it, especially since the medical use of the term includes situations where there is merely pressure rather than a complete or intended cut through tissue. DCDuring TALK 12:20, 20 July 2014 (UTC)


English Wiktionary has an entry for "numericize," a verb defined as "(rare) To represent using numbers; to digitize." The word sounds useful to me (and I'd love to use it) but is it really a rare word, or is it slang that somebody made up on a whim and added here? "Numericize" does not appear in the Oxford English Dictionary or Merriam-Webster. I have no experience editing Wiktionary and do not know what the criteria for creating entries are, but wanted to call this to others' attention. --Meta Self (talk) 16:40, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

It is a real word and includable per our criteria. Judging from the Google Books hits, it seems to be used in a scientific context rather than slang. — Ungoliant (falai) 17:10, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
Of course readers can use their own judgment whether they consider it rare or too rare to be considered a 'word'. Some of the words here that meet our criteria inclusion I wouldn't use. Renard Migrant (talk) 17:34, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
I've added numericise, numericising and numericised are attested while numericises may not be. Renard Migrant (talk) 17:46, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

"Staunton chessmen" and "Jaques of London"Edit

Hi, looks like an over zealous admin deleted "Staunton chessmen" and "Jaques of London" without any discussion or request for more citations. I assume "good faith edit" on the admins part. Please place the words and definitions back. I will abide by the discussion consensus. Thank you WritersCramp (talk) 18:47, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

It seems to me unlikely that "Jaques of London" meets the criteria for inclusion, being as it is just the name of a company. (It should be added to our encyclopedia sister project Wikipedia, however.) "Staunton chessmen", on the other hand, seems like an includable term for a kind of chessmen (like "Very pistol" for a kind of pistol). The only problem I see is that the term isn't entirely fixed; one can also speak of "Staunton chess pieces" or a "Staunton chess set", and possibly other variations. - -sche (discuss) 19:28, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
Many thanks for responding. w:Jaques of London is in Wikipedia and can be attested, I had this cited in the original definition before it was deleted without discussion. Please note that company names are allowed in Wiktionary, such as Intel, Microsoft, IBM and Yahoo!. I agree with your assertion about Staunton chessmen. I do note that the first original Staunton chessmen were manufactured by Jaques of London in 1849 and the casket that the chessmen were contained within had this label attached to the inside of the lid, which stated "Staunton Chess-men" or in modern day parlance "Staunton chessmen" or "Staunton Chessmen", I can live with either idiom. Let me know what you think. In addition, would you or someone else be able to place back the original definitions for the words and we can craft the new definitions and citations required from that point. This should have been discussed first before deletion. Thank you WritersCramp (talk) 09:09, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
The problem with Jaques of London is not attestation but the fact that it's a company name with no further meaning; see CFI and note that Microsoft does not define the company, but only a generic sense of the word. Regarding the Staunton chess pieces, we do have this at Staunton, which covers "Staunton chessmen", "Staunton chess set", and other forms. Equinox 19:12, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
Staunton can relate to anything with Staunton in it, I believe a separate entry is required, such as Staunton chessmen. Should we also delete the idiom fried egg because Wiktionary has the words fried and egg? IBM is a pronoun with a direct link to Wikipedia, seems that Jaques of London could also do that. I do have dictionaries at home with famous company names. WritersCramp (talk) 09:49, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
I can see the merits of an entry at Staunton chessmen because that's an actual non-SOP term with a precise meaning but I can't for the life in me see what place a company name such as "Jaques of London" has in a dictionary, nor can I find any evidence that it should be an entry. The only uses of it are things like "bought from Jaques of London" or "created by Jaques of London" and if we allowed those kinds of uses we'd have entries for almost every shop and manufacturer in the world. On the same note, I don't think we should have an entry at Marks and Sparks, especially considering that Marks & Spencer is (rightly) a red link. BigDom 12:51, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

we'll see, you'll seeEdit

Are these covered by our definitions of see? As in:

Nobody's going to fall for that. / We'll see.
How do you plan to do that? / You'll see.

Are these #3 (understand), #4 (witness) or #6 (ensure)? Keith the Koala (talk) 13:46, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

They look like sense #10: "To determine by trial or experiment; to find out (if or whether). I'll come over later and see if I can fix your computer." Equinox 13:50, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
Yes, I see :) It's not really trial or experiment in these cases though, more just (future) determination. Keith the Koala (talk) 14:06, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
Also relevant is "remains to be seen". The "we" in "we'll see" doesn't seem to be covered by the current senses for that term- sort of like "everybody". It may also be a sort of dummy subject along the lines of the "it" in "it's raining". Chuck Entz (talk) 14:20, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
Isn't there also a sense of "you'll see" (or "they'll see") that means, basically, "I'm going to get revenge on you/them"? bd2412 T 15:21, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
I'm not sure. At least, "foo'll see" certainly sometimes means roughly "Foo doesn't believe I can do bar, but I'll prove Foo wrong"; I'm not sure if that counts as a form of revenge. :-P   —RuakhTALK 16:12, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
Now I am thinking that what is missing is a sense of see specifically meaning "to realize that one was previously wrong". bd2412 T 16:38, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
I feel this should be includable within sense 10, because it isn't really that different, is it? I think I wrote that sense line myself and it isn't perfect! Equinox 19:00, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
I think there's a nuanced difference between the word as used in "tinker with it and you'll see what works" (nonjudgmental discovery which can be positive or negative) and "mess with me and you'll see what happens" (warning that you'll come to regret it). I'll try and write it up. bd2412 T 19:24, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
Not anymore than there is a difference in die between "If you get lung cancer, you will die." and "If you come near me, you will die." --WikiTiki89 19:44, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
I don't think the use of "see" to indicate future regret implies experimentation for the purpose of determining what will happen. bd2412 T 19:48, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
I don't think the experimentation is part of to see. It just means "to find out", whether through experimentation or sheer chance. --WikiTiki89 19:50, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
Well, it's in what would appear to be the main text of the definition. bd2412 T 19:56, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
I guess it's debatable whether the experiment is part of it or just implied. But still, in your threat example, the speaker is in fact inviting the listener to conduct an experiment to find out what will happen if he messes with him. --WikiTiki89 20:01, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
The threat could relate to a completed action. "You should not have messed with me earlier. Now you'll see." bd2412 T 17:08, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
In that case, it's a purely observational experiment where all the listener has to do is wait and watch what happens. But in all seriousness, I think that this is one and the same sense, the only question being how to properly define it in a general way. --WikiTiki89 17:18, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
You may be right. Feel free to mess with the definition I added, in this direction. bd2412 T 17:11, 30 July 2014 (UTC)


"Emphasises obscenities. fuck! + -h- → fuhuck! damn! + -h- → dahamn!" I have never really encountered this but can somebody confirm the definition? It looks as though it's just a way to extend a syllable into two, whether obscene or not. Equinox 18:00, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

You can totally say things like Yehess!, Amahazing!, etc. --WikiTiki89 18:12, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
I've heard things like: "Fuckin' h, man!"--is that something different? Leasnam (talk) 17:29, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
Yes, that's different, but I haven't heard that. I've heard "Fuckin' A". --WikiTiki89 17:30, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
okay, i've looked at the def, it's differrent. however, I would agree with it, similar to -y- as in "dayyummm" for 'damn' --it's just that I've not seen it spelt out using h before. Leasnam (talk) 17:32, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
It's not the def that's the problem, Equinox is disputing that it is only used with obscenities, and I agree. --WikiTiki89 17:37, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
yes, sense two I am wholly unfamiliar with. Leasnam (talk) 00:03, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
I have also never heard of sense 2, but we were discussing sense 1. --WikiTiki89 16:20, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

Translations of this / that as determinersEdit

The translations with qualifier "close to listener" should be reserved to "this"; those with qualifier "far from listener" to "that".

Plural (and dual) forms should be reserved to "these" and "those".

--Lucyin (talk) 13:25, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

mine =? my house, BrEEdit

On the "X Factor," season 7, episode 11, about 17:29, Matt Cardle seems to say, "Come back to mine," meaning "come back to my place." I'm a native speaker of American English and am familiar with this usage in Italian (da me), but not in English. If I have understood this correctly, it should be added as a noun meaning of mine, and to any other personal pronoun entries that have this meaning. --BB12 (talk) 04:36, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

I haven't watched but was "mine" meant as to "my place", if the other person suggested his/her place first? E.g. "come to my place" - "no, you come to mine". Take a look at the pronoun section of [[mine]]. The preposition + pronoun phrase meaning someone's place, like Italian "da me" is common in many languages, e.g. French chez moi, Russian у меня́ (u menjá), German bei mir, etc. --Anatoli T. (обсудить/вклад) 04:50, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for this follow-up. Matt was not prompted by someone else talking about "their place" first. It comes out of the blue. Even that, though, would be odd for me except in a very few sentence flows. The pronoun section does not work for me: as I said, I'm a native speaker of English and his use seemed completely incorrect (I would have corrected him if I were teaching him English). The fact that it's used in other languages and that I knew that assisted me in understanding my native language in this case, and I think Wiktionary needs to reflect this apparent fact for "mine" and any other pronouns that this applies to. --BB12 (talk) 06:15, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
Yes this is standard in UK English, especially in northern forms. ‘All back to mine’ is the classic cry when the pub or club closes. Ƿidsiþ 06:53, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
Agreed, definitely standard usage in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Merseyside at least. Can't really speak too much for other dialects, but would imagine it's fairly widespread in the UK. "My place" would sound pretty strange to me, I'd always say either "mine" or "my house". "Ours", "yours", "his", "hers", "theirs" can all be used in the same way too. BigDom 07:12, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
Excellent, thank you all. While we're on the topic, what is used for the second person plural house in this respect? --BB12 (talk) 19:17, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
‘Yours’. Ƿidsiþ 20:02, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

She is changed (dead) - adjective or verb?Edit

I've added the following sense to change:

  1. (intransitive) To die.
    • 1854, Dickens, Hard Times, Chapter 13:
      Angels are not like me. Between them, and a working woman fu’ of faults, there is a deep gulf set. My little sister is among them, but she is changed.

- But I have doubts. Could it be that changed is an adjective here, and the sense should be added to changed? ---CopperKettle (talk) 08:19, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Yes, it's an adjective. Leasnam (talk) 13:00, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
Well, looking at the entry, and the obvious "fu' of faults" line, now I have my doubts...but 1854 is kind of late for this type of contsruct, isn't it? Leasnam (talk) 13:03, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
Do you have any examples other than Dickens? Equinox 14:10, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
No, I just looked up in The Century Dictionary, and has the sense of change as death, with some quotes (one is from a religous text) --CopperKettle (talk) 15:12, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
To clarify, it has a NOUN sense of change defined as death. --WikiTiki89 15:27, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
Yes. I've reverted by addition to change until there's certainty. (0: --CopperKettle (talk) 16:17, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
I asked at StackExchange, and they seem to converge on it being an adjective, but the answerers are not the 'grand artillery' of that site, so I'm yet unsure. --CopperKettle (talk) 15:18, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
I think the real question here is whether it is a pure adjective, or an adjectival past passive participle, implying that there is or was a sense of "to change" meaning "to kill" or "to cause to die". --WikiTiki89 15:23, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
MW 1828 and 1913 don't have the right senses of change (vb. intrans.) or changed (adj.) either. The OED might be able to provide some evidence. DCDuring TALK 17:30, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
I'll check the OED tonight. I don't have access to it right now. --WikiTiki89 17:33, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
  • I wonder whether this is intended to reflect some kind of Christian belief or hope about the death of innocents, that, just as in the Last Days those who are then alive do not die, but are "changed", so also innocent children pass directly into being angels. I have some memory of a religious teachings of this kind, not mainstream, but reflecting some desire to give comfort to those 'left behind'. The Hard Times passage includes a mention of "angels". DCDuring TALK 17:45, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
    • Very likely. Specifically, people are probably thinking of 1 Corinthians 15:51–52 in the King James Version: "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." It clearly means something different from "We shall be dead", but it's still probably the origin of this euphemism. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 19:25, 25 July 2014 (UTC)


I propose to make "archeology" the main entry, via the following:

Rationale: "archeology" is many times more common, both in an all-English corpus and in British corpus. archeology, (archaelogy*80) at Google Ngram Viewer. --Dan Polansky (talk) 09:01, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

It helps (archeology, archaeology at Google Ngram Viewer) if you spell archaeology correctly. --Catsidhe (verba, facta) 09:20, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
Silly me. Proposal canceled. --Dan Polansky (talk) 09:38, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
The amazing thing about this word is that even in the US, the -ae- spelling is more common. --WikiTiki89 16:23, 26 July 2014 (UTC)


We seem to be missing the sense used in philosophy. Anyone well-versed in this concept? I would add the definition myself except I don't understand it very well. ---> Tooironic (talk) 10:13, 26 July 2014 (UTC)


I propose the following edits:

  • 1. Restore "The pungent root of this plant, usually eaten raw in salads etc" as a separate sense, on a separate definition line. Restore the translation table as well.
  • 2. Remove "The Oriental white radish; its root" from the translation section, as it is not one of the senses of "radish".
  • 3. Remove "The rat-tail radish; its root" from the translation section, as it is not one of the senses of "radish".
  • 4. Remove "botany" context tag, since this terms is userstood by a general user of the language.

Alternatively, restore the entry to this revision.

For refernce: radish at OneLook Dictionary Search. --Dan Polansky (talk) 12:57, 26 July 2014 (UTC)


I've read stories of how Nantucketers (or other New Englanders) have a version of "yes" that goes "ayup" or "ayuh". However, when I look up ayup in Wiktionary, it focuses on the East Midlands interjection/warning/greeting in merry old England, and says nothing about the version of "yup" or "yes" in northeastern America. Someone should put in something about the affirmative "ayup" somewhere. Rickyrab (talk) 15:42, 27 July 2014 (UTC) , , , , and all point out this use of "ayup". Rickyrab (talk) 15:52, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
A nearly definitive source for this kind of thing is the Dictionary of American Regional English. That would give us some good information on pronunciation and regional distribution of the pronunciations. In the meantime we would benefit from citations in books, probably from fictional dialog that shows how authors choose to convey it. You could select your favorites for ayuh from this Google Books search and for ayup from this one. I'm sure there are other spellings, eg, ay-uh, etc. Oh, BTW, try to limit Stephen King to just one quote for each spelling. I'll try DARE tomorrow at a library, if I can. DCDuring TALK 00:45, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
This search suggests that hey up is not often used in fictional dialog, not nearly as often as ayup and ayuh, so our presentation of ayup seems unlikely. DCDuring TALK 01:37, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
I believe the New England "ayup" is just "yup" with a reduced half-syllable leading into it- sort of like using the vowel to get a running start on the "y". Chuck Entz (talk) 03:02, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
DARE reports ayup as a pronunciation spelling of ayuh, but show no terminal consonant in any of the three IPA-type renditions they have for the pronunciation. They do not separately report any geographical distribution information, for any of the variant pronunciations (3) or spellings (7) that they report. DCDuring TALK 15:32, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
That "nearly definitive source" should be us. bd2412 T 17:09, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
DARE did primary, non-armchair, non-introspective research, which, when it is done right, counts for much more than what we do. DCDuring TALK 18:24, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
I've never seen this spelling before, but I guess I have heard people elongate the /j/ in yep/yup/yeah/yuh to the point that it becomes /eɪj/. I never really thought it was noticeable enough to spell it differently. --WikiTiki89 11:37, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
The spelling "ayuh" is fairly common in the works of Stephen King that take place in Maine (i.e. most of them). —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 12:51, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
I've somehow managed to have never read Stephen King. --WikiTiki89 14:02, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
Gap in your education. If you had, you would have seen this spelling before. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 15:08, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

give overEdit

Why must we discuss it in that sense? If it is challenged, know that my mother often says it (though in a Northern form that I, if pressed, should transcribe as 'gi' o'er'. -- 22:21, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

or ower (cf. the Scots gie ower - to blin, cease, desist, forlet, abandon, etc.) Leasnam (talk) 02:57, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
Perhaps senses 4 & 5 can be merged? Leasnam (talk) 03:10, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
You left out the part about krelming the frammistat... However much you may grieve over the death of words like blin and forlet, you do everyone a disservice by propping up their exhumed corpses so you can introduce them as your friends and colleagues. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:42, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, but those words are part of my diction. Leasnam (talk) 17:49, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

plain crispsEdit

I've just added plain as a British synonym for ready salted but have a couple of questions. I marked it as (UK) but I'm not actually sure how widespread it is here; I know that in Northern England "plain" is equivalent to "ready salted" as far as crisps are concerned but would just like to know if those two terms are also synonymous in other dialects.

Also, before I add a definition at plain, it seems like it should be covered by sense 2.4 but the qualifier "without toppings or extras" seems to exclude ready salted crisps. Should we change the wording of this sense or add a new definition line? Thanks, BigDom 22:50, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Isn't there a cultural assumption that crisps, by default, have salt and nothing else? This explains why you can buy "unsalted" crisps. (You can't buy "unpeppered" crisps because people don't expect pepper on basic crisps.) I don't think this is a real sense of the word. Equinox 00:05, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
To give another example: a "plain" burger might have lettuce but no cheese, sauce, etc. It seems very cultural and topical and rather beyond the meaning of the word "plain" as a dictionary would define it. Equinox 00:06, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
Re adding/modifying a sense: I agree with Equinox's interpretation. As another example, consider the opposite of a "plain" burger/crisps/etc, a burger/etc served "all the way": in one place that might mean lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, and mustard; in another place, it might mean lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, and chilli; in another place, it might mean slaw instead of chilli, or in addition to chilli (in any case, it does not seem to necessarily include all the toppings and seasonings that are available to the maker/cook); all of that should cover under one sense, in my opinion (but please improve that sense if you can). I think plain's sense "having only few ingredients, or no additional ingredients or seasonings; not elaborate, without toppings or extras" covers "plain crisps", the salt being considered not an extra but part of what makes the crisp a crisp. Re the regionality of "plain" as a synonym of "ready salted": it's my understanding that most (plain) crisps/chips are salted everywhere in the English-speaking world. Wikipedia says "basic chips are cooked and salted; additional varieties are manufactured using various flavorings and ingredients including seasonings, herbs, spices, cheeses, and artificial additives." - -sche (discuss) 05:07, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
OK, so I'll leave plain as a synonym of ready salted but won't add anything at plain. To be honest I was skeptical that such a narrow definition would belong in a dictionary which is why I asked here first but you two have pretty much confirmed it. BigDom 07:00, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

PC: A computer that runs Microsoft WindowsEdit

A recent contribution to PC is the definition: "A computer that runs Microsoft Windows". diff

Although this is inconsistant with the Wikipedia page for personal computer and terribly wrong it is a definition that Microsoft has foisted on the masses by way of advertising ("I'm a Mac--I'm a PC (not a I'm a Windows System)") so it has become very popular slang. Should this contribution be deleted or modified and if it is to be modified what should be done?

Thanks Breedentials (talk) 14:01, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

I think it actually may go back to the PC-DOS- and MS-DOS-operating-system days and was how users differentiated the IBM and clone personal computers from others, including Apple II and III. DCDuring TALK 14:43, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
So if I install Linux on a PC does it stop being a PC? Are big-box DEC Alphas that run MS Windows PCs or not? Is "running Windows" the deciding factor for PC-ness? Please read Wikipedia:Personal computer Breedentials (talk) 14:50, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
To some people, yes. And so, we shall document it. Keφr 15:17, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
I asked several questions and you answer "to some people yes". What exactly do you mean? —This unsigned comment was added by Breedentials (talkcontribs).
I think he means that some people would say yes to the first and last of your questions and no to the middle one. --WikiTiki89 15:49, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
Note how it's a separate definition and not a replacement for the "personal computer" definition. --WikiTiki89 15:35, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
We could put two definitions "A computer that runs Microsoft Windows" and "A computer that does not run Microsoft Windows" since both are true. -- Breedentials (talk) 02:37, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
If you meant "A computer that runs Microsoft Windows" and "A computer that does not run MacOS", then I would agree. --WikiTiki89 12:50, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
Update: It appears that this originated with Apple advertising, not Microsoft advertising see Get a Mac -- Breedentials (talk) 14:30, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
I suspect it originated before that. --WikiTiki89 14:36, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
I think this 1985 BYTE ad dates it or an earlier related sense (depending on how we want to break it up) to no later than 1985.--Prosfilaes (talk) 20:54, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Dude, just say a computer that ain't a Mac! Purplebackpack89 19:20, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
    Is that the case though? --WikiTiki89 19:32, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
    In my experience yes. Google e.g. "PC running Linux". ("PC running MacOS" is much rarer and generally refers to a PC shipped with Windows where a user has, by some hackery or other, replaced it with MacOS.) Equinox 19:49, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
    Google seems to think differently ("PC running Mac OS" gets way more hits), but I agree that people use the word "PC" in varying ways. --WikiTiki89 19:57, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
    A VAX is not a PC by anyone's definition. Nor in the sense that's being discussed, do I think an Amiga or a Commodore 64 counts (which does matter as this sense is presumably supposed to cover uses from the 1980s, too. "Infiltrating and dominating the local IBM PC underground scene was relatively simple, as I'd already been through the process several times before in both the Apple and Commodore 64 worlds. But in the PC world, things were a bit different."Commodork: Sordid Tales from a BBS Junkie - Page 98. I'd say that the PC is the IBM PC; maybe hardware designed to run MS-DOS or Microsoft Windows (the x86/AMD64 architecture, but not when used for specialized hardware like the MacOS or embedded systems?) I don't think the Alpha running Windows is really a PC under this definition, but only a fairly tiny minority of the people using this definition would ever hear of such a thing or understand what it means.--Prosfilaes (talk) 20:03, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
  • When you open a gaming magazine and read that a game has been released "for PC and Mac", it is usually understood that the PC ought to run (a relatively recent version of) Windows, even if this is not explicitly acknowledged. You do not have people complaining, "hey, it failed to start on my Haiku". Keφr 20:05, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
    My experience matches Kephir's on this point. - -sche (discuss) 02:57, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

"A computer that runs Microsoft Windows" is nonsense. Big-ass servers run Windows but no one would refer to them as PCs. -- Liliana 22:31, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

That doesn't make it nonsense. It just means it needs a minor change, such as "A personal computer that runs Microsoft Windows". --WikiTiki89 22:52, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
So are you saying that the definition of "personal computer" should be "a personal computer"? -- Breedentials (talk) 13:49, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
There is no such thing as the definition. A definition should be "a personal computer", another definition should be "a personal computer compatible with the IBM PC", another definition should be "a personal computer that runs Microsoft Windows", and yet another definition should be "a personal computer not made by Apple". --WikiTiki89 13:59, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
Can you demonstrate using the last sense you gave in a way that cannot be said to be the first sense? Keφr 14:17, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
Not a singular usage, but if you take a collection of one person's uses you can demonstrate that sense. --WikiTiki89 14:29, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
I think someone who treats "PCs" as distinct from Macs will also treat them as distinct from BBC Micros and Commodores. How can you discern between consistently using this one "non-Apple computer" sense and using either the generic "personal computer" sense or the "IBM PC compatible" sense depending on context? Can you show me someone claiming that an Amiga is a PC but a Mac is not? Keφr 16:06, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
One way is to repeatedly ask the same person "is this a PC" referring to a different thing each time. I doubt this person will be switching his definition in between questions. --WikiTiki89 17:16, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Apple ad in Byte (magazine), August 1978, p. 14-15 includes the text "the world's best selling personal computer". This is referring to the Apple ][ -- Breedentials (talk) 02:33, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
It wouldn't surprise me if "personal computer" and "PC" had different ranges of meaning. For one thing, a "personal computer" is more transparently a descriptive phrase ([[personal]] [[computer]]), even if it is still idiomatic enough to merit inclusion. - -sche (discuss) 02:55, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

It's a definition of contrast. A "PC" is, by default, a personal computer which runs the Windows OS. As opposed to a server (which may or may not run Windows, but is not a personal computer — or, with virtualisation, necessarily a physical device), or as opposed to a Mac (which is a particular type of personal computer which does not run Windows (except possibly in the case of a Mac with Windows installed as the base OS — is a Mac which isn't running MacOS or OSX still counted as a Mac?) or, arguably, a laptop or tablet, which may be a computer, for personal use, running Windows, but is not technically a personal computer, which is usually understood to be a desktop-based thing, not mobile.

The thing about the Apple][ ad is that that was before Windows existed, so that entire aspect of the definition didn't exist yet. A Personal Computer then was any computer of a particular size, meant for home use, as opposed to the mainframes and minicomputers and their associated terminals. The Windows part developed later, partly as a direct result of extensive Microsoft marketing to create the semantic distinction. --Catsidhe (verba, facta) 02:45, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

I have two virtual machines running Windows XP on my Mac (it's a long story), and there's the option of newer Macs of having the machine boot up either in Windows or Mac OS.
The sense we're talking about originated with the IBM PC, which ran Windows. At that time the IBM PC and the Apple Macintosh dominated the personal computer market, so anything that wasn't a Mac was likely an IBM PC (PC for short). Apple's philosophy has always been to sell and control both the OS and the hardware. IBM's was to use third-party software (Windows), which allowed for third-party hardware to run Windows as well. All of these non-IBM systems were designed to function along the same lines as the IBM PC, so it was only natural to call them PCs, too- at least when contrasting them with Macs. At the time, there was also the matter of Macs running on Motorola processors and PCs running on Intel processors, though that has since changed.
This sense seems to about a division among personal computers between Macs and the successors to the IBM PC. Because of the more permissive philosophy behind the IBM PC, there's been a huge diversification in hardware and software in the latter group, but it still can be distinguished in some hard-to-define way as a whole from the universe of the Macs. Linux is based in its general design principals on Windows rather than on the Mac, so I would call Linux systems PCs. I'm sure there are other personal computer OSes that are different enough from Windows PCs and Macs to be something else entirely, in which case I don't think this sense of PC would apply to them. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:31, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
The original IBM PC ran DOS, and I believe this division to originate at that point. Many Linux systems aren't PCs; they're computers with 100K per year support contracts or tiny embedded systems. Even those that are personal computers ... are you claiming that an iMac becomes a PC when someone boots Linux on it? I don't think anyone who would lump in Linux and Windows would consider a personal operating system to be an exception; you could run System 360 or VMS on your PC, and few people would notice.
To me, it's mostly about hardware, about commodity x86 systems that can run standard x86 operating systems out of the box. Macs are not commodity hardware in the way that most personal x86 systems.--Prosfilaes (talk) 04:02, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
  • In Nigel Calder's 1971 book Technopolis he used the phrase "everyone should have his own small personal computer". -- Breedentials (talk) 03:32, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
    Irrelevant. Even if he had said PC, that's one definition of the word, and wouldn't change the fact that most people don't associate PC with Apple computers.--Prosfilaes (talk) 04:07, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
    It is interesting how language evolves. Personal computer started out as a term which was opposing "institutional computer"; one person could own it instead of a team. Then many vendors offered products they called personal computers, for instance the AT&T UNIX PC. Then somehow it changed to mean "computer that runs Windows" despite the fact that institution HPC (supercomputers) can run Windows. -- Breedentials (talk) 14:03, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
    Somehow? The number of people using "PC" is way, way higher then those who have any idea that Windows runs on supercomputers. w:AT&T Unix PC links to a 1985 Byte magazine on the subject, and lo and behold, in that very same issue is an advertisement saying "Discover what 50,000 PC owners now know." As far as I can tell, that ad is all for the IBM PC and compatibles. So by 1985, "IBM PC and compatibles" had got shortened to PC. Saying "IBM PC and compatibles" would feel horribly archaic anymore, especially as IBM doesn't make PCs any more, so it's just the PC. I tend to say that it should be about hardware, not software, but the definition is not made by people with experience in Alphas or supercomputers running Windows.--Prosfilaes (talk) 20:50, 31 July 2014 (UTC)


The second definition of "davit" uses the term "maintenance trapeze," which is more correctly called a "maintenance platform".

I'd change it myself if I could, but I only have a limited connection on this phone, so would someone else please change it? I could find no reference to anything called a "maintenance trapeze" on Google (while I personally like the term,) but a search for window washer tools led to window washer platforms and thence to maintenance platforms, which, I think, would be the general term intended by whoever wrote the definition.

August 2014Edit

Latvian mezglsEdit

I've just created this term, and I am not satisfied with definitions 4 and 5, for which I don't think I know good English equivalents (judging by what I understand of the Latvian examples I have found...). May I perhaps ask the local native speakers of English for some help in getting a better definition? I'll be very thankful for any ideas you guys may have! --Pereru (talk) 02:54, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

with a vengeanceEdit

This isn't an adjective, is it? It's just a prepositional phrase being used to describe an oun isn't it? Furius (talk) 14:48, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

Yes. We introduced the L3 header prepositional phrase relatively recently, so many entries for such phrases have the somewhat confusing adjective and adverb headers. Usually the best definition is another prepositional phrase. If adverbs or adverbs are shown in the entry, I'd prefer to show them as synonyms, qualified as to their use. DCDuring TALK 15:04, 2 August 2014 (UTC)
I've reworked the entry along the lines I had in mind. The question arises whether translators should be directed (by {{trans-see}} to other entries, either adjective or adverb, to add translations. DCDuring TALK 15:13, 2 August 2014 (UTC)
I don't think it's really adjectival: I would say that, in those cases where it follows the noun, it's really modifying the verb be. In other words, it's not "they are intense xs" but "they are intensely xs". Chuck Entz (talk) 15:38, 2 August 2014 (UTC)
its a prep phrase used adverbially (as an adverb). Ex. He did it with a vengeance, how did he do it? --with a vengeance Leasnam (talk) 17:13, 2 August 2014 (UTC)
Just to remind everyone: the entry before 15:00 today had two PoS sections each with citations. It now has one. Looking at usage at COCA it is clear that the phrase modifies verbs and adjectives much more often than it modifies nouns.
@Chuck Entz: Consider the following title "Modernism with a Vengeance" (or some from this search of Google books titles), "That's double-digit inflation with a vengeance", and "We like to say that in Greenbelt we have democracy with a vengeance." I don't see how any of these can be construed adverbially. DCDuring TALK 17:49, 2 August 2014 (UTC)
the first example no. The second, if intended as "we have (democracy-with-a-vengeance)", then no. Second could also be interpreted adverbially if it is used that way "we have democracy (with-a...). I did not intend to mean that all prep phrases function inherently as adverbial modifiers. In many cases they do (and in ONLY those cases would I include it in a page if not SoP--cant make every single prep phrase in existense into a page can we? Are we to have of this world? of my world, etc and so on??), but i would not have included a header for adjectival use in with a vengeance. It is a prep phrase that can function adjectivally to modify a noun (as pretty much all prep phrases do) but its not an adjective. So instead of creating a new label it should have been removed for adj. It prob started out as adverbial phrase headered as 'adverb' (closest header available) then someone else saw a possible adj usage and added it, and now that has driven the creation of a new label header. Nice, but backwards. I might have stopped only at adv if it were opaque in meaning. So now do we make entries for all prep phrases? bc all are either adv or adj in function, but not PoS.Leasnam (talk) 13:07, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
A justification for including this is that the applicable sense of vengeance is at least archaic or not used in current English apart from this expression. I couldn't even find such a sense in MW 1913, Century 1911, or MW 1828, all of which give the expression run-in treatment under vengeance, as a colloquialism. I don't have convenient access to the OED. with a vengeance at OneLook Dictionary Search shows that some current lexicographers find it worth including. DCDuring TALK 14:46, 3 August 2014 (UTC)


I don't see the definition for "hit" or "punch" here, usually in the face. "I got jacked in the face by some dude", for instance. Would this as a subentry under the one that has the baseball hitting definition?

not disputing you, but I was always under the impression that was short for jack up meaning to "mess up" (I.e mess up ones face) but perhaps now by extension means "to hit" (?) Leasnam (talk) 14:14, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
I'm not 100% but I wonder if the baseball use might not be derived from crackerjack...If you can find 3 reliable cites for "hit/punch" you can certainly add it Leasnam (talk) 14:19, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

where are we going?Edit

quo vadis means where are you going? could someone tell me how where are we going is translated into Latin?

quo vadimus
--Catsidhe (verba, facta) 11:06, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

boarding gateEdit

I kind of feel we should have this, but I'm not sure if it would be considered idiomatic? The translations at least would be very useful. Note we do have boarding pass. ---> Tooironic (talk) 13:55, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Note the absence of lemmings at boarding gate at OneLook Dictionary Search.
Note board#Verb (To step or climb onto or otherwise enter a ship, aircraft, train or other conveyance. ) + gate (passageway (as in an air terminal) where passengers can embark or disembark.). DCDuring TALK 14:31, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

origin of name/McGillEdit

Is the true origin of this name Danish?

Looks Gaelic to me. BigDom 16:55, 6 August 2014 (UTC)
Me too. It means "son of the servant". —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 17:02, 6 August 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, it's clearly a Gaelic name. The folks at Ellis Island were creative enough at re-interpreting names that it's possible a few US instances of it are actually re-interpretations of non-Gaelic names — I've read of a German "Kämpfe" who became a "Campbell", and just now have also found a mention of a Greek "Kyriacopoulos" / "Kiriacopoulis" becoming a "Campbell" — but it's difficult to track things like that down. - -sche (discuss) 18:01, 6 August 2014 (UTC)
You might want to check the etymology in the entry, then, because it has "son of the stranger". Chuck Entz (talk) 01:29, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
Then again, you always get strange cases like Katz, which has several different origins, none of which are related to the German word Katze (cat), which is what most people naively assume. --WikiTiki89 18:38, 6 August 2014 (UTC)
The "Mc" is usually a pretty good indication that a name has spent at least part of its history in Gaelic. There are enough Old Norse names in Gaelic to make an ultimate geographic origin from Denmark at least superficially plausible, though- but Modern Danish seems a bit of a stretch. Chuck Entz (talk) 01:29, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
The "Mc" only indicates that people see it as Gaelic, that does not mean it is. Hypothetically speaking, an Englishman could have met a Dane whose name was (purely hypothetically) Miggil and spelled it as McGill. I'm not saying that's very likely, but it certainly cannot be ruled out without at least a little investigation. --WikiTiki89 14:34, 7 August 2014 (UTC)


I just created an entry for T-bird, but I have no idea if I've done it correctly. I listed the word as Tagalog, although it is more specifically Swardspeak, which is an argot slang derived from Englog (Tagalog-English code-switching). To make matters more complicated, the only references for the term are in English (as Swardspeak is only spoken, not written). The references do not represent usages, however, as they all describe the term in English as Tagalog/Filipino/Swardspeak. The word is well-attested in English sources about Tagalog (see the Citations tab), but it will probably never have verifiable usages in Tagalog. Two questions:

  1. Is this good enough to pass WT:CFI?
  2. On the Citations tab, should I use {{citation|T-bird|lang=en}} or {{citation|T-bird|lang=tl}}?

Kaldari (talk) 01:53, 7 August 2014 (UTC)


None of the translations seem to work for me. When I edited (to add a second French translation) there had been quite a few other translations previously entered, but nothing happened when I tried to operate the regular access; clicking anywhere had no effect.
Dick Kimball (talk) 16:01, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

Sorry, I don't understand what problem you were having. Did you click "Edit", or were you using the "Add translation" field beneath the translations? —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 18:36, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

on the roadEdit

I was just irritated by the use of "on the road" in w:Aztlán and considered it a non-native mistake for "on the way", when I suddenly thought of the etymology of road being a verbal act noun, i. e., "a ride". Sure enough, the meanings "ride" and "journey" still occur in Modern English, even if they are now considered archaic. Amazing. I had always connected "on the road" (as in "on tour", as in a musician/artist, trucker, biker etc.) with the physical road. But it appears that the idiom still preserves a trace, a subtle shade of the older meaning, even if most native speakers are probably not aware of this, either. (Not to mention the fact that raid is a doublet of road). --Florian Blaschke (talk) 21:53, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

Moreover, roadie also appears to preserve the "ride, journey" sense in each of its meanings. In fact, "on the road" might have been a key collocation in the semantic change from action noun to the concrete sense. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 08:05, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
In fact, certain idioms such as "the end of the road", which on the surface appear to employ "road" in a metaphorical way, could equally preserve the old "journey" sense. Ultimately, of course, it is exactly this kind of contextual ambiguity that drives semantic change. In contrast, "way" seems to have taken the opposite route: from concrete to mostly metaphorical. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 09:12, 8 August 2014 (UTC)


Philandry has been nominated for deletion on Wikipedia as a hoax word. I am at Wikimania, and don't have the time or tools to investigate this, but I thought it was worth mentioning here. Cheers! bd2412 T 22:47, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

Why do they even have dictionary-type entries in WP? DCDuring TALK 02:22, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
We are not supposed to have dictionary entries, but occasionally they do pop up, and are usually deleted as such. My concern in this case was that the term was not tagged merely as a dicdef, but asserted to be a hoax. bd2412 T 22:07, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
It's rare, but it does meet Wiktionary CFI. At least one of the uses I see in Google Books has distinct connotations of philandering, more than mere innocuous (philanthropic) "love of men": "Neither has good reasons to suspect their partners of philandry or loss of affection. Alice sees her husband talking to the models and it is a while until she sees him again. She has little clue as to his whereabouts. It is certainly possible that Bill [went off to have sex...]" - -sche (discuss) 09:34, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for checking. Cheers! bd2412 T 22:07, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

no pressureEdit

Shouldn't no pressure include a non-sarcastic meaning? i.e. a command not to feel social pressure despite a request that seems to the contrary. ("We could use one more player if you've finished studying. No pressure, man."). I don't know how to phrase it for a definition. Pengo (talk) 23:35, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

I gave it a try. OneLook has this entry indexed. Bringing something up here usually causes everyone to run to the entry to look. No pressure, though. DCDuring TALK 02:07, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

fag marriageEdit

Why is there even an entry? "Fag" in this case is an adjective. Just because 3 quotes from insignificant individuals have been cited, doesn't really make it a word, or a phrase.Two kinds of pork (talk) 08:17, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

It's an SoP phrase, IMO. You could {{rfd}} it, if you'd like. DCDuring TALK 15:27, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
If gay marriage and same-sex marriage aren't SOP, I don't see how this is. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 15:58, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Exactly and conversely. DCDuring TALK 16:03, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Both terms have already survived RFDs; see Talk:gay marriage and Talk:same-sex marriage. I think this is just as keepable. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 16:47, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
(edit conflict)What does SoP stand for? If it is what I think it is, then it probably should be deleted. gay marriage and same-sex marriage OTOH have significant usage, whereas fag marriage has virtually none.Two kinds of pork (talk) 16:04, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
SOP stands for "sum of parts". At Wiktionary, entries considered to be sum of parts are usually deleted because their meaning can be inferred from their parts. If the meaning goes beyond what the individual parts mean, the entry is considered to be idiomatic and is generally kept (if it also meets the other requirements for inclusion, such as being attested). The three entries cited are sufficient to establish that the term is used, even if it's less common, so the only remaining question is whether the meanings of "fag" and "marriage" are sufficient for readers to deduce what "fag marriage" is. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 16:45, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
I dunno. I'm new here to be sure, but I can't see "rump ranger" having any merit as an entry, and that is used far more than FM.Two kinds of pork (talk) 18:27, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
I certainly can. Rump ranger is definitely idiomatic, and a nonnative English speaker (or even a native English who isn't very worldly, or a speaker of a dialect where that phrase isn't used) might have no idea what it meant. First time I head shirt lifter I didn't have the slightest idea what it meant. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 19:03, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
I've never heard rump ranger in my life but it is definitely widely-used and idiomatic enough to merit an entry. Same goes for uphill gardener. BigDom 20:07, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
The 13 yo in me now asks about fart knocker Two kinds of pork (talk) 23:02, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
fartknocker (no space) is in the The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang. It was coined on Beavis and Butthead apparently. Equinox 23:19, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
It also gets over 200 hits on b.g.c, so if anyone wants to create it, it's attestable. Seems to be a generic term of abuse, though, with no reference to the addressee's sexual orientation, unlike the other terms discussed in this thread. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 00:37, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

This place... Bart Simpson friendly.Two kinds of pork (talk) 05:43, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

fanny bandit, butt pirate. As for fartknocker, I remember it from the 1950s and ’60s. —Stephen (Talk) 06:19, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
I found fartknocker in this 1974 copy of Texas Monthly, so it definitely pre-dates Beavis and Butt-head. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 08:52, 9 August 2014 (UTC)


In the Usage note I have just added to rare#Verb it says: "Principal current, non-literary use is of the present participle raring with a verb in "raring to". The principal verb in that construction is go. Thus, raring to go ("eager (to start something)") is the expression in which rare is most often encountered as a verb."

So, should we have raring to and raring to go as entries.

Also, should this and similar expressions have parallel treatment to going to? DCDuring TALK 11:29, 8 August 2014 (UTC)


I've overhauled go, adding missing senses and deploying subsenses per this RFC. There are still some senses we are missing:

  1. The sense of "go" that's used in "go to Google and type in 'foo'". The absence of this sense was noted on the talk page as early as 2006 and as recently as last year. It seems like a figurative derivative of sense 1.2 (the entry's main workhorse sense), but I'm not sure how to word it. (added)
  2. The sense used in "he went (over my head and) straight to the CEO", "they were prepared to go to the President with the plan". It seems similar to the sense that's used in "I'll go to court if I have to", which we define as "resort to".
  3. The sense used in "going through the usual channels would take too long". (Compare go through.) Or does one of our existing senses cover this? It seems similar to the sense used in "Word went to Friends in Maryland, that we were drowned" (from the Journal of William Edmundson), which in turn seems similar to the sense used in "Telegrams [...] went by wire to Halifax", which is sense 1.2.
  4. Random House and Merriam-Webster have a sense which they word as "endure or tolerate" and "put up with : tolerate", respectively. Their usage examples are "I can't go his preaching" and "couldn't go the noise", but I can't find anything like that on Google Books.
  5. Merriam-Webster has a sense "come to be determined", with the usex "dreams go by contraries". That seems to be an idiom and hence not a reliable indication that "go" has this sense by itself, but I can find several uses like this — but I can't tell if "come to be determined" is what they mean.

- -sche (discuss) 04:10, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

  • As many a parent have asked their toddler, "Do you have to go?" Two kinds of pork (talk) 07:04, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
    We have that sense as the last one: "To urinate or defecate." Although I think that definition is too explicit. --WikiTiki89 12:22, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
    Hmm, I can see how a lot of uses would be covered by a less explicit definition like "use the toilet" (or perhaps I misunderstand what you mean by 'the definition too explicit'), but then I have also seen usage like this, where it does just mean "urinate", not "use the toilet". - -sche (discuss) 19:32, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
    I think more often than not, it means urinate, but it can mean anything at all that "go to the bathroom" can mean (although our current definition does not include all the possibilities: you can "go to the bathroom" in the middle of the woods with no toilet around, and you can "go to the bathroom" when you're already in the bathroom, etc., and this may also apply to go to the toilet). --WikiTiki89 12:17, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
    Some time ago I added a citation at go to the bathroom where it says a dog started to "go to the bathroom" on the carpet, showing that the expression does not necessarily imply walking to a room with a toilet in it. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 13:17, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
    That's exactly what I was just trying to say. The only question is what is the best way to define it? --WikiTiki89 14:13, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
I've added a sense to cover "go to Google"-type usage. - -sche (discuss) 23:25, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Another missing sense is an informal/colloquial/non-standard one meaning "visit", like in the phrase "I want to go London". Also possibly one to fit "once you go black you never go back" --ElisaVan (talk) 00:49, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
    I've found one citation for "go London", Citations:go#transitive:_.27visit.27.3F. I also see at least one citation for "go Paris", and there is a series of travel books titled "let's go [place]". Can anyone confirm that "visit" is the sense these are using?
    "Once you go black" might be sense 33 or 40. We do have an entry once you go black, you never go back, but it's worth noting that the phrase is not limited to the second person or to the present tense: see e.g. google books:"went black" "never went back".
    - -sche (discuss) 18:07, 17 August 2014 (UTC)


For some reason I cannot edit the section at [9], but I still dispute some of these supposedly transitive examples.
We've only gone twenty miles today. -- "twenty miles" is adverbial
Let's go this way for a while. -- "this way" is adverbial
She was going that way anyway. -- "that way" is adverbial
Cats go "meow". -- doubtful that this is transitive
Let's go halves on this. -- "halves" is probably adverbial
That's as high as I can go. -- definitely not transitive

Agreed. All these uses are pseudo-transitive. There similar descriptions of pseudo-transitivity in a known work of Andrey Zaliznyak for Russian verbs. --Anatoli T. (обсудить/вклад) 05:45, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
Right next to the "twenty miles" usex is the usex "this car can go circles around that one"; is it also intransitive / adverbial? (I'm asking; I'm not sure of the answer.)
The sense that has the "let's go this way", "she was going that way" usexes also has a citation saying "go this path up to its end", so the sense itself does seem to be transitive — but perhaps the "this way"/"that way" usexes belong under a different sense?
"Cats go meow" is transitive just like sense 1 of "say".
The same sense used in "that's as high as I can go" is also used in "I can go two fifty", so it seems to be both transitive and intransitive (like bid); I'll emend the context label accordingly.
- -sche (discuss) 19:29, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
I agree with your conclusions.
I think the sense you are uncertain about is also transitive by a normal analysis. Consider:
The car went a short distance, only three blocks, before stalling again. and relatedly:
The car went the entire first week of May without a problem.
One can substitute many nominal expressions into the slot that an object of go in this sense would fill. It seems a bit of a strain to call them adverbials grammatically, whatever their semantics. What undisputed adverbs could be inserted into that slot?
One might say that both sentences "really" have a missing preposition for preceding the nominal, but I've never been satisfied with such approached. The preposition/particle can be inserted for clarification, but does not seem essential to convey meaning. DCDuring TALK 01:39, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Good point about "went a short distance"; I've inserted a citation showing that usage. "The car went the entire first week of May without a problem" looks like sense 25 — and that highlights the fact that that sense, too, is ambitransitive. - -sche (discuss) 03:10, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Personally I am not convinced that "go circles", "go a short distance", "go twenty miles" etc. are properly transitive. It is not feasible, for example, to ask "What did the car go?" and expect an answer "circles" or "a short distance", or "twenty miles". Neither is it possible to substitute a pronoun such as "it" and say, for example, "The car went it". Neither are passive forms such as "a short distance was gone by the car" possible in natural English. While not individually conclusive, all these points provide evidence against transitivity and in favour of the argument that these so-called objects are actually adverbial. 03:18, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Similar diagnostics may also indicate that there is a difference between "go" in "Cats go 'meow'" and "say" in, for example, "She said 'hello'", which are equated above.
What did she say? / She said 'hello'. -- OK
What do cats go? / Cats go 'meow'. -- Feels faulty
She said it. -- OK
Cats go it. -- Not possible
'hello' was said by her. -- Not common but feasible
'meow' is gone by cats. -- Not possible 04:11, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Bowls as a categoryEdit

There are a few items in Special:WantedCategories having to do with the sport known as bowls. At first I had no clue what was meant, but now that I do, I'm reluctant to create the categories: the name is too easily confused with the better-known name for the type of dish. Is there a synonym such as lawn bowling that would be acceptable to those familiar with the sport? If not, what's the alternative? Chuck Entz (talk) 15:45, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

I find w:bowling easier to understand, but that might be a US/UK difference. --BB12 (talk) 20:44, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
Category:Bowling already exists, but what we think of as bowling in the US is w:ten-pin bowling, which is a quite different game: in ten-pin, you knock over pins with the ball, while in bowls, there are no pins. Aside from other variations of w:skittles (sport) such as w:nine-pin bowling, w:five-pin bowling, w:candlepin bowling, w:duckpin bowling and w:Turkey bowling, there are also w:borella (game), w:bocce, w:boccia, w:boules, w:Kegel (bowling), w:bowls, w:feather bowling, w:bolas criollas, w:pétanque and w:Irish road bowling. Right now, the category is dominated by ten-pin, but maybe just throwing everything into Category:Bowling will be the solution. Chuck Entz (talk) 04:29, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
Another possibility, in the event that Category:Bowling winds up with enough entries in it to justify splitting the various sports, is Category:Bowls (sport). - -sche (discuss) 06:03, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

Plural of cingulumEdit

We show the plural of cingulum to be cinguli, which doesn't seem correct. Shouldn't it be cingula? Equinox 02:27, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

It should be, but both are attested. Using phrases in Google Books searches like "of cingula" and "these cingula" seems to show that cingula is more common as an English plural in books. My quick searches aren't exactly conclusive, but it looks to me like we should have cinguli as an alternative plural, and maybe marked as proscribed, since all the dictionaries and glossaries I've looked at so far give cingula as the plural. Chuck Entz (talk) 05:22, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Equinox 05:29, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

a big fat yesEdit

On [Britain's Got Talent], 2013 about 8:19 into the video, Simon Cowell says, "It's a big fat yes." I think this is merely an intensifier. It can also be used for "It's a big fat no." None of the meanings under fat seem to capture this exactly, but I don't know exactly how to define it. Any takers? --BB12 (talk) 20:41, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

We already have big fat.
We seem to lack the sense of big#Adjective in He's a big liar/idiot/jerk., in which it could mean "frequent" or the expression could mean "He tells big lies." In any event, sticking with the surface meaning, it seems to be used to intensify nouns of negative valence, as at least Collins would have it.
I don't think fat can be used alone as an intensifier. For example, at COCA "fat liar" is preceded by "big" in all 14 cases. DCDuring TALK 22:08, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
Thank you! And a link to "big fat" is provided on the fat page. --BB12 (talk) 22:36, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

AAVE 'finna' as eye dialectEdit

The definition for finna gives it as an eye dialect spelling of fixing to, I don't know of any research tracking the prevalence of 'finna' but I've heard it used often in speech by AAVE speakers, pronounced [ˈfɪ.nə]. I did not want to change the page myself, does anyone know more about the subject?

Also finny to. I use it sometimes. Leasnam (talk) 00:04, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
As noted in Appendix:Glossary, many (probably still most) instances of the term "eye dialect" in this dictionary refer to "nonstandard spelling used to show a speaker's pronunciation". It has been noted on Talk:eye dialect that this is different from the most common definition of "eye dialect". Ideally, we should find an accurate substitute descriptor for things like finna=[ˈfɪnə]. - -sche (discuss) 02:49, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
I would simply call it a {{nonstandard spelling of}}; the pronunciation info shows that it reflects a nonstandard pronunciation. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 11:33, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
But the fact that it is not just spelled but also pronounced differently makes me feel like calling it a mere (nonstandard / alternative / whatever) spelling variant is insufficient. Perhaps a label like {{nonstandard pronunciation spelling of|fixing to|lang=en}}? Wait, wouldn't just {{dialectal form of}} (i.e. dropping the word "eye") work? Especially if "dialectal" could be substituted via a from= parameter, as in {{alternative form of}}, with the specific dialect — in this case AAVE. - -sche (discuss) 17:50, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
Or simply {{label|en|AAVE}} {{alternative form of|fixing to|lang=en}}. That's how I handle dialectal Irish forms that differ in both spelling and pronunciation from the standard. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 19:49, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
Oh, I like that. Or even just {{alternative form of|fixing to|from=AAVE|lang=en}}, since it occurs to me {{alternative form of}} does everything I described above and a "{{dialectal form of}}" template would be redundant. I suppose that the choice of {{label|en|AAVE}} {{alternative form of|fixing to|lang=en}} vs {{alternative form of|fixing to|from=AAVE|lang=en}} in any specific case would depend upon whether the standard form (in this case, fixing to) was also used in AAVE (making finna just an alternative form valid in AAVE), or finna was the (only) AAVE form. (Or would making such a distinction be splitting too fine a hair?) - -sche (discuss) 22:03, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
I don't see that {{alternative form of}} accepts a from= parameter. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 22:23, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
Huh, that's odd. {{alternative spelling of}}, {{standard spelling of}} and {{standard form of}} all accept such a parameter. I'll see what I can do. - -sche (discuss) 02:36, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
I have modified it to accept a from= parameter. Examples of usage/behaviour here. - -sche (discuss) 02:41, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
Just one side note, that finna is not "from AAVE", since AAVE itself just inherited it from Southern American English, which uses the term as well. --WikiTiki89 14:12, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
Well, Southern American English uses fixing to or fixin' to, but growing up in Texas I never noticed it being reduced to finna or finny. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 14:32, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
Well maybe I'm wrong, but we should make sure of that. --WikiTiki89 14:40, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
In far northeast Texas and Ark-La-Tex I have often heard "I’m finnin" to do something. —Stephen (Talk) 14:58, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
It wouldn't surprise me if— in fact, I expect— the speech of the "South Atlantic" and "East South Central" states has some differences from the the "West South Central" states (Ark-LA-Tex-OK). But I have yet to find evidence finna is used even in the eastern South; all the hits for google books:"I'm finna" are AAVE. Can anyone check what DARE has to say? By the way, note that fitting has a relevant sense which is currently labelled just "US". Is that right? (If anyone checks DARE, please see what it has to say about fitting, also.) And should that sense be moved to fitting to? Compare going to and note that I just moved fixing to.
Anyway, even if finna is also from=Southern US, it's still from2=AAVE. The "from" parameter in these templates is not etymological — and the way it displays (as "AAVE form of x" not *"form of x derived from AAVE") makes this clear, I think. - -sche (discuss) 19:44, 14 August 2014 (UTC)


Is there a reason we're missing the arguably most important definition of this on the Internet? As in, someone who has a kink in preferring certain kinds of people as romantic partners. We do have chubby chaser but that term is also used on its own. -- Liliana 11:36, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

tomato tomato reduxEdit

This discussion seemed to peter off without a firm conclusion, but the entry remains as it was. I support moving this to tomayto, tomahto, which is attestable, because that makes the distinction at issue immediately apparent. This is one case where the less common usage makes a better headword because the phrase hinges on pronunciation. bd2412 T 15:51, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

Support. But what makes you think it is less common? --WikiTiki89 16:05, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
Google Books seems to get a lot more returns for "tomato tomato". However, there are probably uses other than the pronunciation split. bd2412 T 17:30, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
It's hard for me to imagine anyone writing "tomato tomato" in a book and expecting people to realize it's pronounced "tomayto tomahto". Looking at google books:"tomato tomato", I don't see any relevant results. --WikiTiki89 17:36, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
Support per nom and per WikiTiki. - -sche (discuss) 17:58, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

Done, absent any objection or counter-argument. bd2412 T 12:43, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

I object to keeping tomato tomato and tomato, tomato, even as redirects. --WikiTiki89 12:59, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
If the tomato tomato and tomato, tomato spellings are attestable in this sense, how could on justify excluding them? DCDuring TALK 16:17, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
Are they attestable? I have yet to see proof. --WikiTiki89 17:28, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
There is a procedure for that. DCDuring TALK 19:48, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

"caption" definitionEdit

In computer science, caption has and is often used to refer to the text in a label, button, or other user interface element. This isn't included in the Wiktionary definition.

Not too different from existing senses. I've extended sense 2 to include this. Equinox 04:49, 13 August 2014 (UTC)


I found this citation for Rockwellish: can anyone suggest what is meant by the word "scaping" here? Equinox 10:10, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

  • 1995, Scott Elly Sprecher, Alms for Jude (page 320)
    Visually, there seemed nothing wrong with this Rockwellish slice of Americana in scaping portrait. Casual things and people were where they should be for this date and place in Midwestern history.
landscape -> landscaping (not a sense we have) -> scaping, maybe?--Prosfilaes (talk) 01:05, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

viajes (noun)Edit

The spanish entry for viajes only mentions the verb, not the plural of viaje. Could someone who knows about formatting add the noun? Thanks.

Yes check.svg DoneAɴɢʀ (talk) 09:32, 16 August 2014 (UTC)


I added an entry for goalframe last night, as in the frame of the goal in soccer, hockey, etc. But there also seems to be another sense that I don't understand (see here and here), maybe something to do with computing or information processing. Anyone shed any light on this other sense? BigDom 09:23, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

Also "goal frame". This paper defines it [10] but unfortunately we'd need to pay to see it. What I can tell is that it's a kind of stack frame: see Stack frame. Equinox 13:27, 16 August 2014 (UTC)


The French entry volleyer uses the noyer-style template, where -y- becomes -i- when there's no syllable after the /ɛj/ sound. fr:volleyer however has it as a regular -er suffixed verb, like jouer, parler, etc. I think they're right and we're wrong, both because of the -eyer not -ayer or -oyer ending, and because it's borrowed from English, the -y in the English spelling remains in tact. Though, can we get enough evidence to prove it? Renard Migrant (talk) 13:22, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

I tried Google Books searching with the pronouns je, il, and ils, followed by the corresponding conjugation both with -y- and -i-. The -y- forms get one or two hits each, while the -i- forms get nothing. --WikiTiki89 13:42, 16 August 2014 (UTC)
The official Scrabble dictionary ODS 5 gives volleye, volleyera (etc.) but not volleie, volleiera. Renard Migrant (talk) 14:23, 16 August 2014 (UTC)
I don't know about you but I think we have enough evidence. --WikiTiki89 14:33, 16 August 2014 (UTC)
As a rule, verbs in -eyer always keep the <y>. BigDom 16:31, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

same old same oldEdit

This doesn't seem like a noun to me. --ElisaVan (talk) 00:41, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

The only other candidate seems to be adjective, but it's not really used like one. Equinox 01:06, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
Gotta be a phrase, mate. --ElisaVan (talk) 01:15, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
It's used as a noun phrase, as well as an adjective. It would seem to be a "fused-head" construction or an ellipsis for "same old, same old thing". I think you would find it can be used as a subject or object of a verb or object of a preposition. Hence, a nominsl. For example:
  • 2001, Joy Jones, Private Lessons: A Book of Meditations for Teachers:
    The same-old same-old is what gives comfort and familiarity to our day.
  • 2008, Joel Krieger, ‎Christopher S. Allen, ‎Stephen Hellman, European Politics in Transition, page 115:
    Will the Sarkozy presidency constitute a critical juncture or the “same old, same old”?
  • 2007, David B. Audretsch, The Entrepreneurial Society, page 136:
    Sticking to the same old same old may be known and comfortable, but, thanks to globalization, it is also increasingly known and comfortable in other, less expensive, parts of the world.
We don't seem to expect our users to get that almost all adjectives can be used as nominals, so we make it easy for them by having a separate noun PoS for many terms that are basically adjectives. DCDuring TALK 02:26, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

word as an interjectionEdit

(For discussion of word as a noun, see the BP.) I notice our entry on the interjection word gives two AAVE senses with different etymologies, namely "truth, to tell or speak the truth; the shortened form of the statement 'my word is my bond'" and "a statement of the acknowledgement of fact with a hint of nonchalant approval; abbreviated form of 'word up'". I am only familiar with one sense, "I agree; truth, that is the truth" (sort of a combination of the two). Are the current AAVE senses accurate, or should they be combined? (I guess this could be turned into a RFV of sense 1, but I'm reluctant to RFV such a hard-to-search-for sense, especially since I think it's semi-valid and merely not separable from sense 2.) - -sche (discuss) 17:54, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

There is a fairly large body of AAVE fiction online, some of the popularity of which is probably attributable to its relatively authentic AAVE dialogue. I'd be surprised if we couldn't get cites for any reasonably widespread or interesting usage from that body of work. DCDuring TALK 00:53, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Declension and pronunciation of Finnish ruokaEdit

(Notifying Hekaheka):

According to the Finnish Wiktionary, the weak-grade forms of this word are pronounced as if spelled ruua- and sometimes spelled that way as well. The entries jälkiruoka, pääruoka and alkuruoka show both alternative declensions, but not aamuruoka, gourmetruoka/gurmeeruoka, kalanruoka, kalaruoka, kaninruoka, kissanruoka, koiranruoka, meriruoka, perinneruoka, pikaruoka, roskaruoka, sieniruoka, texmexruoka, tykinruoka, uuniruoka, vauvanruoka and vokkiruoka/wokkiruoka. I wonder, is it a regular change for weak grade -uoa- change to -uua? And is this standard Finnish? Other words ending in -uoka are vuoka and annosvuoka; does it apply to those words too? And if this is a regular change, then what about the similar sequences -yöä- (from -yökä-), -ieä- (from -iekä-) and -iea- (from -ieka-)? —CodeCat 21:43, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

I belong to a generation which has been taught that ruoan is the only correct way. This was the opinion of Kotus until 1980's, but now they say that both are acceptable but ruoan is still better language. The major newspapers seem to obey but people seem to have made up their mind in favor of ruuan, as it beats ruoan 3:1 in the internet. According to Kotus, vuoka should still be declined as vuoan but the public thinks differently: vuuan beats vuoan 3:2 in a simple Google search. Those who understand Finnish may be interested in this article [11]. Other words ending with -uoka, -yökä or -iekä do not come into my mind right now. --Hekaheka (talk) 00:33, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
I forgot -ieka. I think there's only one word in this category: lieka. The inflected forms with weak stem are pronounced as liean, lieassa etc. and there's therefore no doubt about spelling. --Hekaheka (talk) 00:41, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Do you think there should be a special template, {{fi-decl-ruoka}}, for handling these special cases? —CodeCat 02:04, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
I don't think it's necessary. It can be handled with usage notes. --Hekaheka (talk) 20:27, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Latin iecur should have genitive iocineris, Latin iocur may be post-ClassicalEdit

Wiktionary lists iecinoris as the genitive of iecur "liver", whereas iocineris is claimed to be the genitive of iocur with the same meaning. However, modern books on PIE say that the actual paradigm was iecur, gen. iocineris, with iecineris a late form. Google iecur iocineris and you'll find a whole bunch of corroborating references. As for iocur, it was apparently a very late, post-Classical word back-formed from iocineris. Evidence of this is that the Appendix Probi condemns iocur, saying iecur non iocur, and that a recent Latin dictionary has an entry for iocineris (listed as genitive of iecur) but not one for iocur; see below. Additional complications are that both genitives can be attested with -oris instead of -eris. I suggest we fix the entry for iecur to have iocineris in place of iecineris, with an additional paradigm with iecineris given as genitive and marked as late, sourced appropriately. iocur iocineris should perhaps be deleted or listed as post-Classical, and the entry for iocineris by itself indicates that it's the genitive both of iecur and (if kept) iocur.

BTW basic Latin dictionaries often get this wrong, probably because they try to "explain away" the anomaly between iec- and ioc-, not realizing that it apparently is inherited and reflects a trace of the old PIE e/o ablaut. My older Oxford Latin Dictionary from 1891 says "iecur iecoris or iocur iocineris", and my newer New College Latin/English Dictionary (originally published 1966, revised 1995) says ''jecur -oris or -ineris or -inoris" but has a separate entry for jocineris which is described as the genitive of iecur. iocur isn't found at all probably because it's spurious in Classical times, cf. the Appendix Probi quote. Note also that my Oxford dictionary has three quotes specifically mentioning iecur and one mentioning iocineris and a number with the headword omitted, but none specifically illustrating iocur.

Benwing (talk) 09:02, 18 August 2014 (UTC)


When used as a verb, is the past shortcutted or shortcut? Kinda interesting. Probably both. --Type56op9 (talk) 13:14, 18 August 2014 (UTC)


Can someone check the entry skazka? Especially the Russian etymology part - I probably screwed up a template or missed a mark. Also, it may be more than just a Russian fairy tale, but a type of fairy tale. Also, there is major doubt whether this is just a transliterated word, but the existence of "skazkas" suggests it may not be. Whatever the case, this is not the greatest entry I've ever made (workplace is my magnum opus, BTW). --Type56op9 (talk) 13:37, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

The etymological part is correct. I've fixed it a bit. --Anatoli T. (обсудить/вклад) 14:11, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

پلگان (pellegân)Edit

I think this must be obsolete or at least literary, but I am not 100% certain. If anyone knows for sure then please add the context label. Kaixinguo (talk) 14:31, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

@ZxxZxxZ: Perhaps you can help? --WikiTiki89 14:56, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
It's an obsolete alternative form of پلکان for both of its senses, see also the Dehkhoda entry for پلگان --Z 12:01, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
Ok, I've updated the entry. --WikiTiki89 12:13, 19 August 2014 (UTC)


"Nobody - but nobody - tricks John Smith and gets away with it." Is this an emphatic sense of "but" that we are lacking? Is it used with other entities than "nobody"? Equinox 16:31, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

It reminds me of something that exists in Dutch: Niemand - maar dan ook niemand - ... with maar being a direct translation for but. There may be some common origin here. —CodeCat 16:34, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
This is the ordinary usage of the "except for" sense, in my opinion. --WikiTiki89 16:35, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Well, "nobody but [excluding] nobody" works that way, but how about (from Google Books) "a modest mambo step that anyone, but anyone, could master"? Under that sense, "anyone but anyone" is anyone except for anyone i.e. nobody can master the step, which is not the intended meaning. Equinox 17:09, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
I've never heard such usage, but it seems it could be taking "nobody but nobody" as a template and replacing nobody with anyone. --WikiTiki89 17:28, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
I've felt nobody but nobody as a hijacking of nobody but X to make a more emphatic statement. Thinking about it, it seems also to gain force from reduplication of nobody. It is about equivalent to "nobody, (and) I mean nobody,". This might be a case where we can actually capture the force of a snowclone with a simple dictionary entry. The force of "X but X" could be ascribed to a sense of but along the lines of Equinox's suggestion. I think X can be nobody, nothing, no one, nowhere, never. The any versions must be much rarer, but may also be attestable. Also every versions. DCDuring TALK 04:09, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
I agree that it's parallel to "nobody but X", but I don't think it has anything to do with reduplication. "Nobody but X" means only X; thus "nobody with the exception of X" means "nobody with no exception". --WikiTiki89 11:22, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
Agreed. Ƿidsiþ 11:53, 27 August 2014 (UTC)


Is it me or it seems there are too many senses? --Anatoli T. (обсудить/вклад) 05:15, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Senses 1 and 3 could possibly be combined; then again, I'm not sure. Sense 2 is distinct, because pathos arguments are not limited to pity; they might try to arouse a reader's anger or outrage. I'm not sure how sense 4 would be used. - -sche (discuss) 06:56, 19 August 2014 (UTC)


How should the reading ろっ be transcripted? --kc_kennylau (talk) 15:25, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

I suggest transcribing sentence-final sokuon as roQ. Wyang (talk) 23:28, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
Hmm, seems complicated. Usually final / has no sound and it's used to convey some emotions or render a final consonant without a vowel, which is impossible in Japanese (except for "n"). E.g. Korean hanbok can also be written ハンボッ (hanbo) to mark the final "k" in this case. I would just transliterate っ/ッ as nothing, so ろっ should be "ro", IMHO. --Anatoli T. (обсудить/вклад) 00:30, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
(Notifying TAKASUGI Shinji, Eirikr, Whym, Haplology): Anyone still active? --Anatoli T. (обсудить/вклад) 01:17, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
There is no official Romanization for っ at the end. I would use t like rot if necessary. — TAKASUGI Shinji (talk) 07:17, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
Hmm, what about numerous interjections, where っ only shows more emotion that words without it, like あっ or えっ? It think it would be wrong to transliterate them as "at" or "et". --Anatoli T. (обсудить/вклад) 23:13, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
So, for example if there was name "Kojiro" with the Kanji written as "五二六", similar as to how "Musashi" is sometimes written as "六三四", "五二六" in this case must be written as "Kojirot". (And, yes I know "五二六" could also be written differently as in "Gonimu", which sounds ridiculous but I'm letting you know that I am aware of on'yomi and kun'yomi readings.) 08:45, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
I don't think 五二六 would be written as こじろっ in hiragana. --kc_kennylau (talk) 10:57, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
But if in any situation, someone decided to write 五二六 as "Kojiro" (seeing as how 五 can be read as "ko", 二 for "ji", and 六 as "ro"), would it still be rendered as "Kojirot" in romaji? 14:39, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
No, the reading ろっ (roQ) is special: it should only be followed by k-, p- or t-, where it duplicates the next consonant. Therefore, 五二六 cannot be "kojiro". --kc_kennylau (talk) 15:18, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
I suppose that the reading ろっ must have a consonant sound at the end of it. Well that's too bad, I thought it would be cool to see Japanese numeral wordplay of the kanji of Kojiro as "526", because some people associate the kanji of Musashi with the numbers "634" as in the height of the Tokyo Skytree. 16:19, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
I saw a wordplay with 37564 where it is rendered mina-goroshi which means killing everybody. --kc_kennylau (talk) 16:29, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
Does this solve the problem? --kc_kennylau (talk) 01:22, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
I suppose, but is ろ a official reading of 六? Because I don't want to get yourself in trouble for adding in that edit because of that rule with unverified sources. 01:33, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
I have reverted myself's edit. --kc_kennylau (talk) 01:54, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
Unfulfilled っ is also transcribed using an apostrophe, e.g. in this case ro'. As far as I am aware, ro' is not considered a reading of 六, although gemination such as ろく + ひゃく = ろっぴゃく can occur. 03:00, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
But we usually do not include sokuon-ized readings, because it is part of the Japanese grammar. See (いっ), (きっ), ... --kc_kennylau (talk) 05:02, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
Um, that is what I am saying. That is what I meant when I said it is not considered a reading of 六. 11:17, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
I have removed that reading. My guess is that somebody sees the sokuon-ized reading in a name and added it into nanori readings. --kc_kennylau (talk) 11:32, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

By the way, Wiktionary does not seem very consistent in the way it handles this. For example:

法: はっ (hat), ほっ (hot)
合: かっ (kaQ), がっ (gaQ)
十: じゅっ (ju[p/t/k/s]) (before /p, t, k, s/)
早: さつ (satsu) [in other sources this is given as さっ; I don't know whether さつ can actually occur, or indeed whether さつ is just an error or a mistaken attempt at さっ]

Ideally this should be harmonised. Personally I prefer the apostrophe. This is also the way that Wikipedia does it at

Also, is there a reason why Wiktionary does not use katakana for "on" readings? 13:12, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

In a phonetic/phonemic transcription IPA(key): /∅ː/ would be the best (I think), as the small tsu kana is an anticipatory gemination mark, thus, let's say a ku follows this ろっ from IPA(key): /ro∅ː/ you could predict that it is going to be IPA(key): /rokːu/ (on the other hand there is no way of differentiating between vowels and consonants with the IPA(key): /∅ː/ while it should only apply to consonants), well, anyway just a suggestion. Neitrāls vārds (talk) 14:47, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
I wonder whether it is wise to use IPA for kanji readings. I think people tend to expect these in romaji format. 17:27, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
We have Wiktionary:About Japanese/Transliteration which says "if there is no following letter, then it is simply dropped in the transliteration." I could see something like "roQ[sokuon]" or "roQ[?]" might be useful, provided that we update the linked page to clarify the interpretation of "Q". I won't oppose using the style of "rot[?]" if such a guide is provided anyway. I think the point discussed here is how to transcribe it relatively plainly, in a readable and consistent manner. Using IPA sounds like a bit overkill to me. Whym (talk) 03:44, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
I do not agree that individual transliteration components should be burdened with a superscript link. Perhaps the link to Wiktionary:About Japanese/Transliteration should be made generally clearer in contexts where romaji is used. I do not agree either that trailing sokuon should be simply dropped in transliteration, and in the one or two cases that I have checked (see above) it does not seem to be anyway. 13:06, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
All right, just to give some more variations:
Do you disagree with having any links in a transcription, or just disagree with superscript links? The reasoning behind my suggestions is that it would be quite hard to tell the correct pronunciation in any plain and intuitive transcription without an additional guide. I don't have a strong opinion on where to put the link. --Whym (talk) 11:39, 27 August 2014 (UTC)


The etym for the Latin says: Late Latin. Perhaps the shortened form of capitulare (“headdress”), from Latin caput. Another theory derives it from Ancient Greek.

I'd like to see a little more on the Ancient Greek. What word? I'm hoping that whoever wrote this at least has a source for that which could shed more light on it. I did a fast search but came up empty. Anyone know anymore? AnWulf ... Ferþu Hal! (talk) 17:24, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

alternate Japanese readings for 月 / moonEdit

I keep seeing people say that alternate readings for 月 (moon) is raito, arute, aporo, and mun. If they are real readings for 月 (moon), then are they on'yomi, kun'yomi, or nanori? —This unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs).

They are neither on'yomi or kun'yomi, more likely nanori (readings used only for names). These readings, such "raito" (I like Death Note too), "mun" (mūn) are prescribed readings by creators of novels, manga, anime, other authors, people who choose names for their children or themselves. An author may choose 一角獣 (いっかくじゅう, ​ikkakujū) "unicorn" to be pronounced as ユニコーン (​yunikōn) and use furigana (ruby) in the text to tell readers how they want a word to be pronounced. It's an example (unicorn) I've seen myself. Here's how the prescribed pronunciation of a name would be shown, using Light Yagami, the main character of "Death Note" whose first name 月 "moon", normally pronounced "tsuki" is pronounced as "Raito", from English "light":

夜神月 (やがみらいと)

Yagami Raito
Light Yagami

--Anatoli T. (обсудить/вклад) 00:40, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

I understand what you're saying but are these "rare" readings for moon (aporo, arute, mun, and raito), actually have been officially used by the Japanese public and with the case of raito, has that been used as a reading for moon before Death Note was first released 10-11 years ago? Because it seems like these reading for moon were created by Japanese authors of various media mediums solely for the purpose of naming their characters. 08:33, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
Not sure. I'm not aware of dictionaries that store all possible readings used in names, probably only very common ones and not sure if 月 had the reading "raito" before Death Note. There is certain unpredictability and randomness in this, as I said, it's not just authors who make up new readings but parents who name their children and give kanji fancy readings. --Anatoli T. (обсудить/вклад) 23:20, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
I found this which is the only online source I could find that has "raito", "aporo", "arute", and "mun"; be officially nanori readings of moon. It even lists "hikaru" typically Japanese for light as a reading for moon. Although the list is only a year old, I should ask the Japanese Stack Exchange for further help. Also, let me get this straight, if someone named their kid "六九六" and had it be read as Rokuro (ろくろ), it's possible for that to happen even though the closest reading of 六 is ろっ. 01:09, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
I'm not going to argue with your last point, I already said, there's a lot of flexibility in pronouncing kanji when it comes to names. There must be a database of all possible pronunciations of names but I don't have interest in it, for these variations Japanese people usually have to supply kana anyway, so that people knew how to pronounce them. --Anatoli T. (обсудить/вклад) 01:21, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
Hey, thanks for the insight on how Japanese names can be written and pronounced, I really appreciate the help. 01:38, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

clomp etymologyEdit

Our entry on clomp gives it an etymology of "onomatopoeia", but I have heard an alternate possibility. The Dutch word for clog is klomp, and this ended up in English for the stomping sound of boots. Is this true, or do both words have the same origin.--Dmol (talk) 21:55, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

I've updated the etymology Leasnam (talk) 16:32, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
I would be nice if we had an etymology for klomp. DCDuring TALK 16:47, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

Male madam?Edit

The meanings of matron and patron being direct opposites doesn't help. I saw a Latvian papa that I'd never heard but tēzaurs supports both of those senses, alternative for one is papus (now that I had heard) with "male madam" being the sense its used in, so:

  • Krogus papa (paps, papus) – Pub (historical/rustic drinking establishment) padrone

could be it? Neitrāls vārds (talk) 04:50, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

חרס, adjective or noun?Edit


I noticed that this word is categorized as an adjective, but it's defined (by ceramic but also) by clay, which is a noun and not an adjective. Could someone take a look at it? Thanks by advance, — Automatik (talk) 17:40, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Theoretically that could be a valid definition if it were an adjective meaning "made of clay". But in this case, you are right. It is a noun. --WikiTiki89 17:45, 21 August 2014 (UTC)


I suspect that I’m in the minority here, but I’m admittedly hesitant to accept this etymology. Consonant clusters can be vulnerable to extinction, so I’m not sure why a derivation from ambulare would be impossible. This etymology is also obscurer and much less common than the traditional explanation; CNRTL doesn’t mention the Gaulish verb.

Am I the only editor here who’s sceptical? --Æ&Œ (talk) 10:15, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Consonant clusters can be simplified over time, but there's no other evidence that "-mb(u)l-" reduced to "-l(l)-" in French; in fact French does have a descendant of ambulare, namely ambler. I find the Celtic etymology more plausible. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 11:34, 25 August 2014 (UTC)
ambler is attested later than aller. There aren’t many cases of ‐mbl‐ in Old French. Often times, it was an extension not inherited from Latin. There is at least one instance of a nasal consonant being lost (covent), and the plosive from computare (conter) was also lost. I can’t find any cases of ‐mbul‐ in Old French. --Æ&Œ (talk) 17:29, 25 August 2014 (UTC)
Considering parler < parabolare, I don't find aller < ambulare to be so unlikely. --WikiTiki89 17:33, 25 August 2014 (UTC)
The crucial difference is that intervocalic -b- was much more likely to disappear than after a nasal. This change happened very early in Latin as all the Romance languages lost it. For French aller on the other hand, there is no evidence that it is such an early change. I agree with Angr that -mbul- would contract to -mbl-. In fact, even -mul- contracts to -mbl-, where the plosive is epenthetic: trembler. —CodeCat 17:28, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
But isn't it very common for very common words to go through more unusual sound changes? --WikiTiki89 18:23, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
Yes, but that's just a cop-out linguistically speaking, as it doesn't really explain more. If you just say that anything goes under the right circumstances, then the sky really is the limit. —CodeCat 19:10, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
It's not a cop-out unless you use it as a substitute for an explanation, which I'm not doing. You're saying "I don't understand how it could have happened, therefore it couldn't have happened" and I'm saying "I don't understand how it could have happened, but I'm still willing to believe it could have happened", thereby leaving room for an explanation to be found later. --WikiTiki89 19:20, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
Yeah this is bullshit. What's the source?? Latin seems infinitely more likely. Ƿidsiþ 11:49, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
I agree, almost certainly from ambulare IMO. BigDom 17:16, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
I've had a go at reorganizing the etymology to mention and reference (a) the traditional explanation and its problems, and the fact that people have attempted since at least the 17th century to account for them, and (b) the alternative explanation advanced since at least the 18th century that the word is of Celtic origin. - -sche (discuss) 18:50, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

gun controlEdit

Noun sense 2 was previously listed as an adjective (!!): it all looks very dubious anyhow. Can someone revise it to be sane please? I can't face it. Equinox 15:58, 25 August 2014 (UTC)