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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?
Hi. I've been on Wiktionary since mid-2008. My main interest is adding (legitimate) English words that we are missing. I seem to have done rather a lot of this. In particular, I have added missing material from Webster's 1913 dictionary (which has about 80,000 entries); created thousands of entries from lists of scientific terms, such as minerals, soil types, organic compounds, and pharmaceutical drugs; originated Appendix:Unicode; and added various words that I encounter in books, newspapers, and everyday life.
I'm on Wikipedia too, where I mostly make a fuck of a fuss about commas.
I have an HND in Applied Computing and a BA in English Language. I have worked as a software developer and a couple of other things.
- Things I like: super-specialised senses of otherwise ordinary words (as in e.g. computing or birdwatching); proper tagging of slang and rare senses; and words beginning with x.
- Things I hate: blind prescriptivism; made-up phobias; folk etymologies; people with the "agenda" (Islam, Anglo-Saxonism, gender studies, etc., to the exclusion of actual real-world usage); and especially spam and commercial bullshit. The unholy union of unscrupulous marketing and content plagiarism has irretrievably ruined the Internet that used to be such a fun playground.
Individual words to consider
- actisign airhose antiaccelerator(s) antibioticogram antiblocker(s) anticonvertin antithromboplastin
- biologistical bivagotomy blasthole bluebooking
- coperfect countercommand counterworld
- downkeying draw stitch
- emissarial endophoric* noun
- famisign frange*
- gadso, odso, rivo*, toho*: old or obscure interjections
- headmount histial hyperphoric(s)
- megamodel (not fashion) microplane multitones
- orthophoric(s) overcoded overnegation
- paracritical pneumotaxic potisign
- skeletoid spasmophilia suberyl
- undercoded undershoe unlosing upkeying usermode
- IRC jargon: AOP*, SOP*
- Singlish particles: ah, hah, hor, lah, leh, lor, mah, meh, ya
- Soil science: entic epieutric eutric fibric fractiplinthic fragic gelic* greyichyperalic hyperdystric hypergypsic hypersalic isohumisol isohyperthermic kandic lamellic leptic lutic manganiferric mollic ochric oxyaquic perudic petroduric petroferric petroplinthic pisoplinthic placic redoxic rendzic ruptic sabric salic sombric terric turbic umbric vertic vitron*
- A few qualifications: MChem, MEnvSci, MMath, MMet, MPharm, MPhys; see also Oxford's 
Other places to get words
- Wiktionary:Requested entries (English)
- Wiktionary:List of languages (language names)
- Neume: lots of terms for obsolete music notation
- Glossary of classical algebraic geometry (todo: I thru W)
- Glossary of architecture
- Glossary of botanical terms
- Glossary of contract bridge terms (continue from book)
- Glossary of motorsport terms
- Glossary of professional wrestling terms
- Professional wrestling throws
- Egyptian units of measurement
- Eton College glossary  (copyrighted)
- List of diseases
- Eye surgery: lots of technical terms here.
- List of optical illusions
- List of cocktails
- List of MeSH codes: links to thousands of scientific words
- 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)