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Joined 9 December 2017
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  • The "no-space constraint" argument is a red-herring; the truth is that every extra piece of information is attention-intensive (taxing), and might detract the reader from what's truly important. By all means, let's be thorough; but by no means should we be redundant. Let's put everything (and I truly mean everything) that's interesting and specific to an entry in that entry, but not a iota more; if there's a common denominator to several entries (let's say > 10 entries), another place should be found.
  • I wonder what the point of entries such as phony as a three-dollar bill is.
    • It's easy to understand[1], so why would someone look it up in a dictionary when (s)he encounters it?
    • It's hard/non-trivial to utter[2] (why this, and not phony as a four-dollar bill?), so how will someone find it if (s)he doesn't know it yet?
  • I'm not saying there's no point; I think there is one, but I can't find it now).
  • Maybe its main utility is that it's an item of CAT:English similes? Or that it could be an item in Appendix:English similes (but we don't need to make an entry for it to appear there)? Or that it could be an item in Thesaurus:fake (but we don't need to make an entry for it to appear there)?

Wise wordsEdit

  • Equinox: Whom will this serve, apart from some misguided god of "all words in all languages"?
  • DCDuring: Delete, unless we really do want to become a short-attention-span encyclopedia.

Stale discussionsEdit


Active past participlesEdit


  • Add a parameter |type= to {{affix}} or {{compound}} for the categorisation
  • rename {{temp}} to {{template}}
  • {{param}} and {{para}}?
  • make a list of participial adjectives in Modern Greek. actually, no: this will already be covered by some declension template
  • add a parameter to {{bor}}: |type=: specify it's a semantic loan (|type=sl), a calque (|type=clq), a learned borrowing, etc. Not necessarily a good idea, just an idea

Languages I wish were better representedEdit

  • Belarusian
  • Bulgarian
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Slovene
  • Tsakonian


Don't forgetEdit