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From User talk:Rua

Out of curiosity, why did you undo the change on the origin of the term? There is no information on idiom origin on this page, and I had to sort through quite a bit of rubbish to find an origin explanation that was decently supported - thought I would upload so others wouldn't have to do much filtering...but it was undone within minutes. Am I missing something?


18:50, 11 February 2013

It wasn't formatted according to Wiktionary's standards, which are detailed at WT:ELE. Also, I don't think it was very well phrased or concise. Have a look at other entries to see how we do etymologies. To make it all worse, you literally copied the etymology from another source, which is a copyright violation.

19:01, 11 February 2013

Gotcha. I didn't put it into Wiktionary's standards - you're right. As to the copyright violation - I referenced the original page and it was public domain - so no copyright violation.

12:03, 12 February 2013

What you referenced was a discussion forum. I'm not sure if you really intended to reference the work (A Hog on Ice) that the forum message itself was quoting. In any case though, Wiktionary's servers are located in the US, so they must follow US copyright law. And that law says (I think, I am not American) that copyright lasts until the death of the author plus 70 years. The work was published in 1948, so it can't become public domain until at least 2018 if the author died right when the book was published. It may have been explicitly published in the public domain, though. If that's the case, could you give a link or reference to show that it is?

14:21, 12 February 2013