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a drop in the oceanEdit

Redirect to drop in the bucket or move to drop in the ocean. DCDuring TALK * Holiday Greetings! 18:44, 24 December 2009 (UTC)

I would not redirect it to "drop in the bucket", as "drop in the ocean" and "drop in the bucket" are terms that differ in one word, and we do not have redirects for alternative spellings that differ much less.
Moving to "drop in the ocean" seems okay, but I am unsure about this.
Other terms that seem concerned (see also Category:English idioms):
  1. a bit much
  2. a cold day in Hell
  3. a cut above
  4. a cut below
  5. a day late and a dollar short
  6. a different ballpark
  7. a dime's worth
  8. a drop in the bucket
  9. a drop in the ocean
  10. a few sandwiches short of a picnic
  11. a gentleman and a scholar
  12. a good deal
  13. a good voice to beg bacon
  14. a great deal
  15. a into g
  16. a life of its own
  17. a little bird told me, little bird told me, little birds told me
  18. a notch above
  19. a pull of the hair for being unfair
  20. a riddle wrapped up in an enigma
  21. a scholar and a gentleman.
I admit that I am not sure whether the terms that I have listed are in analogy with "a drop in the ocean" in these regards that recommend the moving, as I am not sure what these regards are. --Dan Polansky 10:37, 25 December 2009 (UTC)
Yes to your first point: I should have offered alt form of drop in the bucket as my suggestion.
Some of them, not all (certainly not a into g), should be moved. I have looked at some of them and not been sure. Little harm comes from having them because the form with "a" is usually the most common, some times overwhelmingly so. For example, "little birds told me" is attestable, but raw bgc hits favor the singular almost 50:1. DCDuring TALK * Holiday Greetings! 12:17, 25 December 2009 (UTC)
I think they need to be handled one at a time. DCDuring TALK * Holiday Greetings! 12:22, 25 December 2009 (UTC)
Move and replace definition with {{alternative form of|drop in the bucket}}. Mglovesfun (talk) 16:44, 26 December 2009 (UTC)
I would not say that "drop in the ocean" is a form of "drop in the bucket". A plain definition-by-synonym placed to drop in the ocean should do:
1. A [[drop in the bucket]].
I do not understand in what sense of "form of" should the one term be a form of the other term. --Dan Polansky 10:21, 28 December 2009 (UTC)

closing, moved to drop in the ocean. There does not seem to be consensus for deleting or redirecting the term. -- Prince Kassad 09:23, 22 December 2010 (UTC)

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