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Thanks for creating your username! Just ask if you need any help with Yiddish (or anything else). —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 07:16, 5 November 2017 (UTC)
Will do, thank you :> Finsternish (talk) 07:19, 5 November 2017 (UTC)


The entry for *kvira was deleted because it failed WT:RFV, therefore it should not be given as a translation. Likewise, if supporting evidence cf. WT:ATTEST cannot be found for kvirigi, that translation will also be deleted.__Gamren (talk) 09:16, 19 January 2018 (UTC)

It's given as a translation because it's in widespread use and "failed" at most on a technicality, considering far more than the number of required citations were given and many of the given citations were from official communications of Esperanto organizations. The entry on the Esperanto Wiktionary remains up and it's probably not going anywhere, so since the translation also links there, its temporary absence from the English Wiktionary until someone with a large number of books bothers to find three durably archived citations should not keep the only valid translation of "queer" from being listed. Finsternish (talk) 09:26, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
The documented history of the word shows it has been in widespread use for over ten years, so it doesn't even qualify as an actual neologism. Finsternish (talk) 09:35, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
If you want our criteria for inclusion changed, you need to create a WT:BP discussion and argue your case there. Simply ignoring the rules is not an option. It doesn't matter that eo.wikt has different standards. You cannot just assume that citations exist; we will reinstate the entry and the translation when and if sufficient evidence is found.__Gamren (talk) 11:12, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
Your criteria say that if a word is clearly in widespread use, it doesn't need three durably archived citations. Again, the citations span over a decade and there are far more than three. I've added even more to the Esperanto entry at this point. It perfectly meets the criteria, and should be listed as a translation even if some overzealous editors felt the need to eliminate the English page. Finsternish (talk) 14:13, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
Note also that the Esperanto entry now shows that the word is in Reta Vortaro, which is no small thing; they don't put just any word in there. Finsternish (talk) 14:16, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
The citations given are:
# two from a bulletin of what was, until recently the only Esperanto LGBT association (side note: the new one has the word "genrokvira" in its name)
# one from Sennacieca Asocio Tutmonda
# one from soc.culture.esperanto
# one from Beletra Almanako, the major Esperanto literary magazine at the moment
# one from the Somera Esperanta Studo, one of two major summer Esperanto courses
# one from TEJO, the Esperanto youth association.
It's patently absurd to make the claim that the word is not in widespread use. Finsternish (talk) 14:21, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
And please note that I never said I wanted the criteria for inclusion changed -- literally the first thing I said was that it was in widespread use, which should have prevented you from having to make a response that assumed I wanted the criteria changed. Finsternish (talk) 14:38, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
The translation at queer conveys essentially the same information as the entry kvira did (first and foremost: that the word exists), and hence reinstating the translation is not meaningfully different from recreating the entry. All the cites at eo:kvira were found at kvira except the last, and all but one of the others was deemed either unarchived or a mention. Find at least one more cite, and you can make a reverse RFV at WT:RFVN (not exactly conventional, but I'm sure noone'll mind); you may refer to the two websites that ReVo cite, if you like. This is your second explicit warning. If you reinstate the translation at kvira outright, you will be blocked for a few days.__Gamren (talk) 16:05, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
OK. If I can refer to the websites, that works. I'll get to work on restoring it. Finsternish (talk) 20:17, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
The "widespread use" criterion is rarely invoked and, in my experience, exists to avoid spending time responding to RFVs of words that are obviously attested. If there's been an actual search for (CFI-compliant) evidence of the term and there isn't enough, then the term is apparently not in (sufficiently) widespread use. But I will poke around Usenet (which is durable because it is decentrally archived so content can't be deleted) and Issuu (which enables searching many magazines that are durably archived in libraries) and elsewhere and see if more citations can be found. - -sche (discuss) 19:05, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
It seems that this criterion, in its ambiguity and lack of any applicable standard for determining "widespread use," accidentally leaves a lot of room for plausible deniability when it comes to questions of why certain words are accepted at face value and not others. Finsternish (talk) 23:16, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
In any case, I would appreciate the help if you wanted to look at Issuu and Usenet. Finsternish (talk) 23:17, 19 January 2018 (UTC)


Please note that the stress you added here was off; I fixed it for you. Often Hebrew words do indeed have primary stress on the last syllable, but that isn't the case here. (I think it's got to do with these being loanwords, but I'm not entirely sure.) — Mnemosientje (t · c) 14:41, 22 May 2018 (UTC)

Thank you; this is always appreciated. (Sorry for the delayed response.) פֿינצטערניש (talk) 15:56, 7 December 2018 (UTC)


I only just noticed that you also edit Interlingua. Maybe you know this already, but Google Scholar is a very good source for Interlingua (mostly medical texts). ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 15:36, 7 December 2018 (UTC)

Thank you! I just started finding some similar things on Google Books. פֿינצטערניש (talk) 15:56, 7 December 2018 (UTC)


Hey, I'm a little puzzled about the phonological development from Hebrew gnavá to Yiddish gneyve, as I'd expect the outcome to be gnove (as in חכם ,כּשר for qamatz, תּחת for patah). Do you know what happened to that? Also, should the patah in the Hebrew text perhaps be another qamatz? ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 13:34, 5 August 2019 (UTC)

Good catch - I incorrectly read, due to a poor monitor, a tzeire as a patakh. פֿינצטערניש (Fintsternish), she/her (talk) 14:12, 5 August 2019 (UTC)
Ah, right. So the answer was even simpler. Thanks. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 14:29, 5 August 2019 (UTC)

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Hebrew cleanupEdit

Hey. I see you are editing in Hebrew a lot. Would you be able to check some of the 158 entries in Category:Tbot entries (Hebrew)? They are all automatically-generated entries that have been around here for a decade at least, so they are mostly incomplete and some are probably just wrong. Thanks in advance. --Mélange a trois (talk) 10:03, 13 September 2019 (UTC)

I wouldn't be comfortable nominating entries for deletion, for example, as I'm not a native speaker and I don't live in Israel. But I can check them, see if I can add vowels, transliterations, etc.. פֿינצטערניש (Fintsternish), she/her (talk) 11:35, 13 September 2019 (UTC)

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I saw your comment on Metaknowledge's talk page and thought that it is worth noting that there is another viewpoint among Hebraists, namely that ראשית is a nomen regens asyndetically governing the following clause. Walkte & O'Connor very briefly mention this in a footnote on page 156. It is somewhat hard to tell what is the most mainstream view however. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 13:06, 11 November 2019 (UTC)

Thanks - that makes sense to me. There's a very old (at least as old as Bereishit Rabba) aggadic view that this was not the first world God created, and I think many people use this to explain the vocalization, but the construct-of-a-clause view makes sense as well. Of course, I would also contend that the Masoretes could have simply made a mistake... פֿינצטערניש (Fintsternish), she/her (talk) 13:24, 11 November 2019 (UTC)


I deleted this, and I thought I ought to let you know why. We don't create Unicode alternatives (per WT:AYI) and for good reason, because it's not really a different spelling (i.e. there is no graphical difference in writing). I thought that the search used to redirect those (perhaps a mistaken memory?), but this isn't a great solution in any case if we really think people are searching with the ligature. We might consider having a bot mass-create hard redirects, considering that no other language would interfere AFAIK. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 06:14, 8 December 2019 (UTC)

My Yiddish keyboard automatically codes a װ when I type the letter v, so such mass redirects would certainly be appreciated. פֿינצטערניש (Fintsternish), she/her (talk) 06:23, 8 December 2019 (UTC)
Argh, maybe you would be best off installing a different keyboard. As for bot-wrangling, @Benwing2, what do you think of the idea of making hard redirects with װ for every Yiddish entry that includes וו? —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 18:18, 8 December 2019 (UTC)
@Metaknowledge I can do that if others are OK with it. Benwing2 (talk) 07:28, 9 December 2019 (UTC)


Hey. Thanks for your work on Turkish entries. We have pretty limited coverage of the language. If you have time, can you look at some entries in Category:Tbot entries (Turkish)? They were created by a bot years ago, and may contain errors or missing information. If you check them, please remove the "tbot tag" on the entry. Thanks --ReloadtheMatrix (talk) 12:44, 3 January 2020 (UTC)

There is also a similar category for Hebrew entries (139 at the moment) which could benefit from your expertise. --ReloadtheMatrix (talk) 12:50, 3 January 2020 (UTC)