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Names and attributes must be accommodated to the essence of things, and not the essence to the names, since things come first and names afterwards.
— Galileo Galilei
Notwithstanding their influence, we apprehend, however, that dictionary-makers are on the whole an oppressed race, doomed to more than their due share of obscure drudgery. […] They may have had their romance at home — may have been crossed in love, and thence driven to dictionarying; may have been involved in domestic tragedies — who can say?
— 1864, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (volume 96), uncredited author
[T]he maximum number of revisions an author made is 237,600 for the English Wiktionary (user "Equinox") […] As an anonymous reviewer points out, this "sounds as[sic] an incredibly high number of revisions for one single user".
— 2016, Wolfer & Müller-Spitzer, How Many People Constitute a Crowd and What Do They Do?
Words, words, words, words! You may as well listen to the birds.
— 2000, Coil
I thought working on "shitgibbon" entries would be a fun distraction from the heavier CFI matters that have arisen lately
— 2022, User:WordyAndNerdy
I was born in 1980. Once I was a cute kid. Now I am a very non-cute old man, who can only rely on his ready wit and karate skills. Movie coming soon. Fund my Patreon.
On Wiktionary: I am the enfant terrible. Nobody wants me but I'm really useful.
The single thing that nobody seems to understand is grammatical countability. Let me try to explain it. "This word is not usually used in the plural" is not a measure of countability: we would rarely talk about the Eiffel Tower in the plural, because we know there's only one of them, but it maintains the countability of tower. You could in theory count them: one tower, two towers. Better examples:
- Potato is usually countable. I have a potato here. I have one potato. Now I have two or three potatoes. How many potatoes do I have?
- Rice is not usually countable. I have some rice. Now I have more rice. How much rice do I have?
(Of course, I can say "the Chinese and Arabic rices are different", or "I mashed my vegetables and now there is some potato on my plate", but those are unusual cases. See universal grinder.)
Of course not everybody perceives and understands things the same way. However, we ain't solipsists, and there is some kind of objective reality. We are starting to see the trouble now because of a modern idea that everyone has "their truth", which you must accept. And yet we secretly know this is bullshit. But it's rude/phobic to oppose it. There would not be a dictionary project if truth were purely subjective, because it would mean nothing and there would be nothing to share. Interesting clashes.
Individual words to consider
- Africoid almighties Angloid anteventral antiaccelerator(s) antibioticogram anticonvertin antiflapping antiaccelerator antitwist apocarotenol(s) aporrhea aurilide auteured autometamorphic aviculoid
- baccharane basalar benzannelated,bisbenzannelated biamperometry biologistical bipotentiometry bivagotomy
- cadalin (WP says alt form of cadalene?) choai/spondai cladosiphonic clawfish codynamic comap(s) coperfect cribriporal cyperane cytomicrosome
- diaconals downkeying
- eotechnic (cf. neotechnic) exopunctae eyepin/eye pin (in jewellery; cf. headpin)
- frange* fusioning futuritive
- gagemeter genorheitron gonidangium gonocyst griseorhodin(s) groundfield
- harmonicals hexaaquacopper heteromyarian highracer/lowracer histial hypermodulation hyperschema hypocystal
- macroid/microid (see pisoid) melopoeia* (in poetry) meristogenetic meristogenous mesene ("having a facial index of 50.0 to 54.9"?) metatexite microprofile (verb) microprofiler microshear microfusion*,macrofusion (sth in Intel processors?) misgating (noun, electronics)
- onflow oxyhexaster
- palatinepterygoid paracritical parapoetics parapreventive parasutural paratherapeutic paratherapy Parkerian/Parkeresque/Parkerism (related to transcendentalism?) partricin pelmatozoic pelorine performatism pericingulum/pericingular/pericingulate photophagotroph photophagotrophy phyllosiphonic plumoreticulate poikilothymia poststack presegment(s) prewarp (not Star Trek!) proairesis proterobase protocratic pseudoresolvent pseudosite pushload
- radiorelay radiothermal radiothermic rightmaking/wrongmaking
- sacropexy santalane saxifragoid(s) shionane skeletoid solus*/semisolus spheraster spirovetivane suberyl supergreenhouse (~ effect, ~ gases) superlevel*,superline* (in astronomy) super-Locrian superquantum syngenesioplastic
- telocratic thetanullwerte thujopsane
- underwash (verb? cf. overwash) upkeying upperstocks
- wetwell (cf. drywell)
- IRC jargon: AOP*, SOP*
- Singlish particles: ah, hah, hor, lah, leh, lor, mah, meh, ya
- Soil science: entic epieutric eutric fractiplinthic fragic gelic* greyic hyperalic hyperdystric hypersalic isohumisol lamellic leptic lutic manganiferric oxyaquic perudic petroduric petroferric pisoplinthic placic redoxic rendzic ruptic sabric salic sombric terric turbic vertic vitron*
- Qualifications: MMet, MPharm, MPhys; see also Oxford's 
- Jobs in tinplate manufacturing: branding boy (also branning boy?), counter, duster, hooker (also a reaper, outside of tinplate sense), list boy/lister, riser, rubber, scaler, scourer, striker
- Types of motorbike? (cf. flathead): knucklehead, panhead, shovelhead, sportster
- Arrangements of conidia: arthrocatenate, blastocatenate, basocatenate
- "Facial index" words (old phrenology?), thanks to Ultimateria: euryene, mesene, leptene, euryprosopia, mesoprosopia, leptoprosopia, euryprosopic / europrosopic, mesoprosopic, leptoprosopic, hypereuryprosopic, hyperleptoprosopic, prosopic
- crossing (something in sociolinguistics)
- fagotings / faggotings
- feerings: sth in agriculture, perh related to a furrow
- lampings: apparently related to light fittings
- scarfing, scarfings: some kind of timber in a ship; compare scarf, but unclear
- soppings: OK, sense not totally clear
- waygoings -- OK but unsure of meaning
Possible problem entries
These are not always bad but I have bookmarked them because I think work or research is needed.
- administer: check Spectator cite meaning
- Alternativism: investigate
- ambivalent: 2 senses? check OED, Chambers!
- cheese up: add glosses (slang? etc.) and verify senses with cites
- crass: check defs, compare with W1913!
- dystopia: verify sense 1
- femalia: perhaps RFV some senses
- Fortune 500: misplaced cites
- groundly: check all citations
- Hang: awful def, and check the weird plural
- harvest: check pagan sense
- headhair: not a "normal" word; also linked to
- highpriesthood, highpriestship: dubious forms without hyphen
- informationism: dodgy senses especially #4
- little boys room, little girls room: bad head? and apostrophe issue
- maidenhair: not a normal word, sort out pubic sense
- mammalogy, mammology: I think there is a mistake between mammals and breasts
- mother-out-law: check this whole set
- netherhair: awful, not a word anyone uses; netherlips: CRAP? — BUT nethermouth (Fanny Hill etc.?)
- nuthugger, nut huggers: some kind of merge required
- nutting: check lemma vs. -ing form
- pull-to-publish: maybe move verb
- ruinism: check citations, wrong senses?
- sideling: is suspect; check OED?
- supposed: adjective needs work
- uncivilized: needs work re weasel words, "used to describe" non-gloss etc. not at all necessary
- underlook: many different senses; needs attention
- zero chill: check def 3
Other places to get words
- Wiktionary:Requested entries (English)
- Wiktionary:List of languages (language names)
- Neume: lots of terms for obsolete music notation
- Attitude (heraldry)
- Boontling jargon
- Egyptian units of measurement
- Freestyle skateboarding tricks
- Glossary of classical algebraic geometry (todo: I thru W)
- Glossary of architecture
- Appendix:Glossary of Boston slang: terms should be in a mainspace category if attested
- Glossary of botanical terms
- Broadcast terminology (possibly copyrighted)
- Glossary of card game terms
- Glossary of comics terminology
- Glossary of computer graphics
- Glossary of contract bridge terms (continue from book)
- Glossary of cricket terms
- Glossary of fencing
- Glossary of firefighting
- Glossary of graph theory terms
- Glossary of gymnastics terms
- Glossary of ice hockey terms
- Glossary of mammalian dental topography
- Glossary of motorsport terms
- Glossary of North American horse racing
- Glossary of professional wrestling terms
- Glossary of underwater diving terminology
- Gamelan gong kebyar
- Dictionary of occupational terms: 
- List of Anglo-Cornish words
- List of conjectures (mathematics)
- List of English words of Turkic origin
- List of Indian breads
- List of obsolete units of measurement AND Egyptian units of measurement; and List of unusual units of measurement, List of humorous units of measurement
- List of syndromes
- Eton College glossary  (copyrighted)
- Terms from basketry  (copyrighted): slath, soumak etc.
- List of diseases
- Multiservice tactical brevity code
- Medical slang
- Split (bowling): various types of split in bowling
- Surrealist techniques
- ASBP Scrabble words:  (copyrighted)
- Eye surgery: lots of technical terms here.
- Horse jumping obstacles: e.g. coffin, bullfinch.
- Friedel–Crafts_reaction#Scope_and_variations: lots of chemical "name reactions".
- Trace_fossil_classification#The_Seilacherian_System: lots of fossil words.
- List of optical illusions
- List of cocktails
- List of MeSH codes: links to thousands of scientific words
- List of minerals named after people: done the entries, but not the etymologies
- Morphology of Diptera: many parts of fly anatomy (see labelled diagrams)
- South African English:  (copyrighted)
- Many organic compounds in Cystophora retroflexa: 
- Missing words from major dictionaries
- Missing words used in Wiktionary
- Get a random transwiki word or phrase (learn more)
- Antarctic slang:  (copyrighted)
- Terms in wine-tasting:  (copyrighted)
- Some good anatomical terms here:  (copyrighted)
- Singlish:  (copyrighted)
- Appendix:Christian figures of speech
- Grip (tennis)#The_grips