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book#Etymology 2. --Connel MacKenzie 05:04, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

I've heard of this. I'm pretty sure it must exist, though I'd guess that knowledge of it is far, far more widespread than use of it. I doubt we can find three durably archived attestations. —RuakhTALK 14:47, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
Well, SMSes aren't usually durably archived. And note, if you are in the US, the cell technology deployed is 3-4 generations behind the rest of the world; people in the US don't use SMS very much. (Do you have a SIM card in your phone? Can you swap into into someone else's phone and have your own phone number and contact numbers? This is bog-standard everywhere else. Phones work anywhere, except the US, and US phones don't work anywhere else, except sometimes if you reload all the software.) We use SMSes all the time. This is very familiar, but I don't know if it rates an entry; I don't think anyone uses "book" to mean "cool" outside of SMSes. (And there are a number of others: home/good etc etc) Robert Ullmann 15:02, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

RFV failed. Sense removed. —RuakhTALK 21:26, 20 June 2007 (UTC)

In my bookEdit

Someone claims that “in my book” means (in English) something like “in my opinion” but not exactly the same. Webster confirms this as well. Could someone who is sure in the usage of this idiom add it to our entry? Thanks – b_jonas 11:36, 9 April 2008 (UTC)

Yes, more confidence than "opinion". "In my book taking 20 pills a day is bound to have some serious side effects" etc. Soap 23:46, 7 October 2011 (UTC)

Wiktionary:Requests for verification - keptEdit

Kept. See archived discussion of October 2008. 08:04, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Tea room discussionEdit

Note: the below discussion was moved from the Wiktionary:Tea room.

I cannot find a sense among the many senses that corresponds to "He wrote a book." Could someone explain which sense does or add an appropriate sense. I would myself, but am having trouble understanding metonymy well enough to get it right. DCDuring TALK 18:35, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

We had the sense A major division of a published work, larger than a chapter, commonly an academic publication or the Bible, which was not broad enough, so I've taken the liberty of changing it to A long work fit for publication, typically prose, such as a novel, textbook, or titled section of the Bible. Doubtless could be worded better.—msh210 18:44, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
Ah, genius. You have combined two senses with "or". You have defined something as a whole or a part. Maybe that is the way to handle the game show thing and other "metonymies". Whether it appears as a separate "#" is not of great concern. In fact it is a space-wasting negative. I think that is what I have been looking for. Thanks. DCDuring TALK 19:22, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
I hope you don't mind, I've taken the liberty of separating those senses. One is tied fairly closely to sense #1 (a bound collection of sheets), while one is more akin to chapter, canto, and so on; I think they're clearer separate than together. —RuakhTALK 13:48, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
Mind? I have no mind. I am the village idiot. (Actually, I like it better your way. Thanks.)—msh210 22:04, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

A Potential problem with the compound listEdit

In the list of compounds formed from this word, there is one particular entry--book-ghoul--for which no article exists. An analysis of public domain scans of the first edition of the OED-1 shows that this usage is at best a very limited metaphor. I suggest that the link in the compound-list be eliminated. Mathmagic 01:21, 3 August 2011 (UTC)

The term does exist though it seems to be rare: Google Books result. I suggest creating the entry (I'll take care of that shortly) and leaving it in the list. —Internoob (DiscCont) 18:22, 3 August 2011 (UTC)

"book it":Edit

"book it" = go fast ... Anyone know the etymology of this? Hard to see how it could evolve from a noun that describes an object that doesnt move. Soap 23:47, 7 October 2011 (UTC)

The verb book meaning to go (fast) probably comes from the word boogie, as in boogie-woogie. —Stephen (Talk) 13:36, 8 October 2011 (UTC)


It is pronounced [buːk] in British English. -- 22:20, 28 February 2017 (UTC)

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