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The translations you added are not in their lemma form (i.e. nominative singular). Russian киммериян, for example, is plural genitive. --Vahagn Petrosyan 19:06, 30 June 2010 (UTC)

Sorry, I was using wikisource to find translations. It is the same word in different translations of The Odyssey, found through the interlanguage links and double-checked against Google Translate, as that is the main reference work. I've made some changes and I'll try to find a better source of translations. - AdamBMorgan 19:27, 30 June 2010 (UTC)

creating entriesEdit

When creating an entry, please don't put "new noun" or the like as your edit summary: if you leave the edit-summary box blank, then the software will fill in more information than that. Thanks!​—msh210 (talk) 17:25, 13 July 2010 (UTC)


Hi. This doesn't look much like a prefix to me: a general-purpose thing like pre- or non-. I would suggest that "stfan" is a compound rather than a prefixing. Or are there (m)any common words using this prefix? Equinox 02:23, 18 May 2014 (UTC)

To be honest, I'm not entirely sure but the dictionary Brave New Words describes it as a prefix on page 222 (Google Books link); it has separate entries for "stf" and "stf-". Some other related words in that book are "stfan", "stfandom", "stfdom" and "stfnal". Additionally, one of the quotations has "stfilm", I've seen "stfnist" elsewhere, and I expect there are more. - AdamBMorgan (talk) 02:53, 18 May 2014 (UTC)
(edit conflict) It looks to me more like a blend, especially since the genre is very fond of coining by blending (as in scientific fiction > scientifiction), and almost everything starting with stf has a word starting with f as the second part. I agree that stf doesn't look like a prefix, though. For one thing the stf part seems to be of equal importance with what follows, not something tacked on. For another, there's the occasional term like stfdom where the second part is definitely a suffix. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:27, 18 May 2014 (UTC)

GAFIA rhymeEdit

The first syllable is stressed, so it doesn't rhyme. Equinox 21:59, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

OK, thanks. Still new at this. Is Rhymes:English:-æfiə better? It doesn't seem to include the initial sound but neither does mafia or raffia. - AdamBMorgan (talk)

Wikisaurus and instancesEdit

You seem to be getting it wrong about "instances" in Wikisarus. For instance, "mobot" is not an instance of "robot" but rather a hyponym, since "each mobot is a robot". By contrast, Mars is an instance of planet, and we cannot say "Each Mars is a planet", since "each" does not apply to Mars. --Dan Polansky (talk) 08:39, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

OK, noted. You're wrong about Wikisaurus:sentient and artificial intelligence, however, as one of it's definitions is a sentient machine. It also looks like I just put one list under the holonym heading instead of meronym, so I'll fix that too. - AdamBMorgan (talk) 01:39, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
artificial intelligence does not have a definition along the lines of "sentient machine". The closest one it has is "a computer system or software package which is artificially intelligent". A recognized operational definition of artificial intelligence was given by Alan Turing; by that definition, a thing showing artificial intelligence does not need to be sentient or self-aware. Furthermore, in artificial intelligence we now have in hyponyms this: (quality of a machine): see Wikisaurus:sentient. That is really incorrect, since it is confusing an intelligent thing with the quality of being intelligent. --Dan Polansky (talk) 11:50, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
The term is used to mean the being as well as all the other definitions. As I was taught it, "strong AI" refers to a self-aware, sentient machine, while "weak AI" refers to a useful computational technique/quality, but it is still valid to refer to both as "artificial intelligence". The "quality of a machine" definition was initially intended in this sense, although it has been amended since the page was created. I have now split it into a separate definition for clarity. (To be honest, as I recall, Turing didn't actually use the phrase "artificial intelligence" but I don't have all of my books available to me at the moment, so I can't check.) - AdamBMorgan (talk) 11:50, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

slanshack etymologyEdit

You removed mention of the novel. If the clubhouse was named after the novel, we should still mention the novel, as it's not otherwise clear to a reader where the "Slan" part came from. Equinox 13:37, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

  Fixed - AdamBMorgan (talk) 17:30, 2 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! Equinox 23:31, 2 October 2014 (UTC)


Hi, I just wanted to let you know that in the IPA, the stress marker ˈ goes before the stressed syllable, unlike in American phonetic systems. Ultimateria (talk) 18:34, 6 September 2016 (UTC)

@Ultimateria If it's something I've done today, I've been trying to copy pronunciations from The English Dialect Dictionary (c. 1900). It's possible the system has changed (and also, I've just noticed I should be using square brackets anyway). - AdamBMorgan (talk) 18:42, 6 September 2016 (UTC)
Actually the slashes were correct. Here's an explanation and an example. Ultimateria (talk) 19:29, 6 September 2016 (UTC)


Should be archaic. I'm fixing the existing entries. Equinox 18:00, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Thank you for Wikisaurus contributionEdit

Let me thank you for your long-term Wikisaurus contribution. It is great to see someone who gets it. Keep it up. --Dan Polansky (talk) 19:45, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

De gageEdit

[1]: Most interesting! I only knew it as Jazz-era slang.--Father Goose (talk) 05:08, 18 November 2016 (UTC)

term of endearmentEdit

I suggest moving WS:term of endearment to something like WS:sweetheart.

Words like "sweetheart", "honeypie", "darling" are listed as synonyms of "term of endearment", but they are actually instances of terms of endearment. Compare how WS:game has synonyms, hyponyms, and instances. --Daniel Carrero (talk) 20:16, 12 December 2016 (UTC)

I agree. The listed hypernyms will need rethinking, though. Equinox 20:17, 12 December 2016 (UTC)

on the gripping handEdit

Hi. I saw you had created this entry. Just wondering if you had any thoughts on whether the expression derives from the 1974 book or the 1993 sequel (which was published the year before the earliest citation given). --Pi zero (talk) 15:15, 26 March 2017 (UTC)

@Pi zero: Hi. My reasoning was that The Mote in God's Eye was the ultimate origin of the phrase because I believed that was its first use (whether that book popularised it or not). However, I can't verify that at the moment. The Gripping Hand definitely uses the phrase, so I have no objection to the etymology listing that book instead, at least until better information is available. (That said, Stack Exchange has a 1986 citation, possibly also by Jerry Pournelle. Unfortunately I don't think there is enough information available to add it to the definition at the moment.) - AdamBMorgan (talk) 12:34, 27 March 2017 (UTC)
Fair enough; thanks. (And next time I reread Mote, I'll know to keep an eye out for the phrase. :-) --Pi zero (talk) 12:55, 27 March 2017 (UTC)


Thanks for the old slang, I find those entries quite interesting. Yiddish is written with Hebrew script; please tell me if you need any help with it. I also wonder whether gelt has ever been used as slang for "money" by non-Jews. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 18:42, 28 March 2017 (UTC)

@Metaknowledge: Thanks, I just remembered the Hebrew script and was trying to look up the correct terms when I got this message. FYI, gelt is listed as English thieves' cant for money in a few sources, although some say it's from Yiddish and some from German (also rum-gelt (new money) and smear-gelt (bribe)). - AdamBMorgan (talk) 19:04, 28 March 2017 (UTC)

"sad" synonyms etc.Edit

Hi. Remember that "unhappy" can mean lamentable, e.g. "their unhappy fate". It doesn't just mean "sad" in the sense of a person who feels bad. Equinox 19:39, 5 July 2017 (UTC)

Noted. I'll go back through the links I changed with Wikisaurus:lamentable too. - AdamBMorgan (talk) 19:42, 5 July 2017 (UTC)
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