User talk:Nemo bis



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Anything using {{context}} automatically ends up in context templates, so it's usually going to be the other one (without context) that's a duplicate. Mglovesfun (talk) 10:26, 29 December 2009 (UTC)


Wikiquote is not a source used for our quotations. That's not what we mean by "quotations" here. Most quotations we use are not notable enough to ever be included in Wikiquote. See Citations:parrot for examples of what Wiktionary wants in terms of supporting information. --EncycloPetey 22:08, 29 December 2009 (UTC)

Test pagesEdit

Please stop creating test pages. If you must create them by all means then use your own subspace User:Nemo/.... -- Gauss (talk) 23:50, 20 May 2012 (UTC)


Sister is not an adjective. You can't say "those cities are sister". Besides, the page you linked to shows the part of speech as a noun, but mentions that the sense in question is used as an adjective, which is just another way of saying that it's used attributively as if it were an adjective. Chuck Entz (talk) 01:52, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

Move wordlist to one's userspaceEdit

Hello. I created a discussion suggesting moving Wiktionary:Requested entries (English)/Wordlist to your userspace: User:Nemo bis/Wordlist. Would that be ok with you?

Main reason: That's how most other pages listed at WT:Redlink dumps, see the discussion for details. --Daniel Carrero (talk) 08:35, 15 November 2015 (UTC)

Wiktionary:Requested entries (English)/Wordlist/Proper namesEdit

The list (and others like it) is potentially useful, but some factors reduce its value:

  1. As is it is too big to be edited readily. Perhaps inserting section headers corresponding to the alphabet would help.
  2. It includes terms that we would class as Translingual, such as taxonomic names. Some of such names can be identified by suffixes like -ida, -ini, -inae, -idae, -aceae, -oidea with varying degrees of reliability, but many others, especially genus names, cannot.
  3. It includes many toponyms for which an FL entry and links to FL project articles or entries would be better than an English entry.

Other than item 1 and, possibly, extracting the taxonomic names distinguished by their suffixes, I don't see how the list can be improved without significant manual effort. One kind of template that I have found useful for working on such lists is exemplified by {{REEHelp}}, which however cannot by inserted for every term without serious performance degradation.

Do you have any thoughts about such attempts to improve the usability of such lists, especially approaches other than those mentioned? DCDuring TALK 15:13, 18 November 2015 (UTC)

(edit conflict) I agree this list is quite disappointing. I did not inspect the methods used to generate such wordlists. Originally I put all terms together but then split out proper names etc. because they seemed questionable.
  1. Headers are certainly helpful, I just didn't have time that day. Maybe even split to subpages, once the list is more stable.
  2. I don't see an easy solution. Perhaps take a subset of the lists, hoping all said terms are in the lower frequency classes.
  3. Perhaps we could filter out most toponyms by removing all terms which already have an English Wikipedia article?
I must admit I didn't know about Wiktionary:Frequency lists. I can do filtering (2) and (3) if there is interest, while for the rest I'd let English Wiktionary experts decide and act. Nemo 15:43, 18 November 2015 (UTC)

Illustration of (consecutive!) taxonomic names in the list


  • on right indicates items fairly reliably identified by suffix; ? indicates items less reliably identified by terminal strings (suffix or other) DCDuring TALK 15:38, 18 November 2015 (UTC)
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