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Again, welcome! Canonicalization (talk) 13:51, 12 May 2019 (UTC)


The etymology section for onctueux derives it from unctum. Maybe you should do something about it. --Hekaheka (talk) 19:26, 25 May 2019 (UTC)

@Hekaheka: We only list direct descendants in descendants sections. If we decided to put every derivative there, not only would it be redundant (onctueux is already listed as a descendant at unctuosus, after all), but the lists would also become huge and unusable. Please see this discussion: Wiktionary:Beer parlour/2017/October § Section "Descendants". Canonicalization (talk) 19:56, 25 May 2019 (UTC)

All manners of crapEdit

As for "I notice that the people here who strive for keeping all manners of crap are often those who put in the least amount of work, never mind real work": I notice that the contributor number 1 of English entries is rather inclusionist. I don't see the correlation postulated between lexicographical work on one hand, and inclusionism vs. exclusionism on the other hand.

How is User:Chignon doing? Please ask him if and when you see him again. --Dan Polansky (talk) 08:07, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

He's good, thank you for asking. Canonicalization (talk) 10:32, 31 May 2019 (UTC)


Perhaps Proteus? --sarri.greek (talk) 19:30, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

@sarri.greek: I'm afraid that one is already taken :p Canonicalization (talk) 15:31, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
User:Proteus. --sarri.greek (talk) 15:33, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
@sarri.greek: Yes, but. Canonicalization (talk) 15:43, 20 June 2019 (UTC)

mais qu'est-ce que c'estEdit

If someone asked you what an ortolète was, what would you think? Maybe a little bird? Equinox 01:31, 7 July 2019 (UTC)

@Equinox: Probably, due to the similarity with ortolan. Canonicalization (talk) 09:52, 7 July 2019 (UTC)

rangé / rangéeEdit

Should this have an adjective? Simone de Beauvoir's Memoires d'une jeune fille rangée was translated as Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter. Equinox 01:47, 7 July 2019 (UTC)

Yes, and there are several senses: see chambre rangée, vie rangée, bataille rangée. Canonicalization (talk) 09:52, 7 July 2019 (UTC)
alors ajoutez mon garçon. I am too bad at French to do French. Equinox 10:03, 7 July 2019 (UTC)
I understand the meaning of "rangé des voitures" but I don't see why it means that. Are we saying that he has "tidied up his cars" (put his garage in order?) or he has moved away from the noisy race cars to a quieter life, or...? Equinox 11:01, 7 July 2019 (UTC)
@Equinox: In fact, I didn't even know of this expression until today. From what I'm reading, the etymology isn't clear, but it's probably nothing to do with race cars, since the idiom hearkens back to the nineteenth century. Canonicalization (talk) 11:03, 7 July 2019 (UTC)


The French entry jungle has the horrible gloss "all senses", though I would presume that the senses "hobo camp" and "desert region" are absent from French. Could you give it a clean-up? ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 09:38, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

Just a reminder, also feel free to decline. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 12:21, 8 August 2019 (UTC)

pierre perduEdit

This is weird isn't it? Why did we borrow it without that feminine perdue? Equinox 13:43, 24 July 2019 (UTC)

@Equinox: (I didn't know the term in French.) I don't know, sorry; I looked around a bit but couldn't find anything. I guess some English speakers don't know that French adjectives agree in gender with the noun they qualify? Canonicalization (talk) 19:52, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
If you want to create the French entry I guess I wouldn't judge :D Equinox 02:33, 20 August 2019 (UTC)

What's not to likeEdit

What's not to like about "Chignon" user name? It has two syllables, is easy to remember and short to type. Pronunciation is at chignon; I can pick the English one or the French one, and I can invent a Czech one on the model of Avignon. I don't know, I like it. (If this post is considered impertinent, please ignore it.) --Dan Polansky (talk) 19:44, 18 August 2019 (UTC)

@Dan Polansky: (Just so you know, I don't find it impertinent.) Canonicalization (talk) 19:25, 20 August 2019 (UTC)

Which preposition to useEdit

You expressed some doubt about "the message was [not directed] to you" vs. "at you". These are both acceptable (you probably knew this and wavered for this reason). If you are curious about the nuances: IMO, "at" is a bit more direct: maybe you throw a ball TO a child (they can choose to catch it or not), but you throw a stone AT a monster (right in the eye! yeah!). "Directed to you" sounds a little less natural to me (a Gallicism?). In fact I would probably use "aim" here: it wasn't aimed at you.

blah blah blah...

BTW, I think it's quite hard for NES learning French to deal with à, dans, en, which may all translate to "in" (or sometimes "at", but not in a predictable way). Equinox 02:32, 20 August 2019 (UTC)

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