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At Talk:Ammonoidea is an image taken from Italian Wikipedia. It illustrates several terms used in malacology. I have a taken a run at some of these to define the corresponding English term, for which the wording may need improvement. Four need definitions and the image alone does not help me enough. Could you help, either by adding entries or by translating the captions? DCDuring (talk) 20:25, 6 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Yes, I noticed it - and assumed you were going to add the missing words. I'll have a go. SemperBlotto (talk) 21:18, 6 January 2019 (UTC)
    Thanks. DCDuring (talk) 21:46, 6 January 2019 (UTC)


Why did you remove my narrow transcriptions on the Portland page? (talk) 23:05, 6 January 2019 (UTC)

I can't speak for SemperBlotto, but that was a lot of clutter, and you barely scratched the surface- there are all kinds of regional and sociolinguistic variants that could be covered at that level of detail. Plus, you didn't give any explanation with it, so it reads like random alphabet soup. Yes, it's possible to go into microscopic detail, but you can't just show the 3rd pore from the left on someone's nostril without explaining why. Chuck Entz (talk) 00:22, 7 January 2019 (UTC)

You're right, thank you for explaining! On the entry for Portland if I explained that the extra-precise transcription is how it is pronounced locally (that is, in Portland, OR) would it make sense? (talk) 02:44, 7 January 2019 (UTC)

The blocking of an anonymous userEdit

Why did you block this user? They are anything but vandal. They even added a summary explaining themselves something that not a lot of longtime users do. They even corrected a formatting error in the following edit. I have unblocked them. Dixtosa (talk) 17:32, 8 January 2019 (UTC)


Hi sweetie. Here is the Chambers 1908 definition of ammonia: "a pungent gas yielded by smelling-salts, burning feathers, etc.: a solution of ammonia in water (properly liquid ammonia): a name of a large series of compounds, analogous to ammonia, including amines, amides, and alkalamides." Is there anything we should add to the entry that we don't already have? Equinox 03:35, 13 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Mot much. I've added the solution in water that us chemists do indeed call "ammonia". The amides &c are definitely not called ammonia. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:27, 13 January 2019 (UTC)
    • For most non-chemists ammonia refers to a cleaning fluid. For some non-chemists it is something used in manufacturing. ammonia at OneLook Dictionary Search shows that many dictionaries include definitions that reflect usage by non-chemists. DCDuring (talk) 18:27, 13 January 2019 (UTC)

Italian entriesEdit

Please undelete my user pageEdit

Why you delete it? --Ans (talk) 10:09, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

The deleted content is my name. Is it allowed here? --Ans (talk) 11:50, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

  • The purpose of a User page is, primarily, to let other editors know what languages you are proficient at and what other skills you have. See other people's User pages to see typical content. SemperBlotto (talk) 15:34, 25 January 2019 (UTC)


Was I wrong?Jonteemil (talk) 15:09, 25 January 2019 (UTC)

  • No, but you removed other valid data. SemperBlotto (talk) 15:37, 25 January 2019 (UTC)

resightable, resightabilityEdit

Isn't it a site, not a sight? Seems like rare misspelling: check Google Books. Equinox 07:04, 27 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Yes - you are correct. Probably easiest to just delete them. SemperBlotto (talk) 07:05, 27 January 2019 (UTC)


Hello, you created esylate as a synonym of ethanesulfonate, but that doesn't exist yet. Any chance you have a definition for that one? - TheDaveRoss 14:10, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

Personal info on ahegaoEdit

I am requesting that the 21:06 version of ahegao by User: be hidden as well, as it contains (probably, judging by the similarity of the IPs in the edits) the same or similar inappropriate information as this edit, which you removed the visibility of, according to the deletion log. Inner Focus (talk) 21:30, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

Done. The perpetrators are part of a block of IPs that belong to a school district in Phoenix, Arizona, which produces occasional runs of childish/juvenile vandalism and not much else. The school district owns, but the problems only come from so I've blocked the smaller range for six months to see if we can break them of the habit. Chuck Entz (talk) 05:35, 1 February 2019 (UTC)


Thanks for guidence!
شہاب (talk) 15:58, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Italian entriesEdit

Can you please cancel my wrong entry "colino da te"as I forgot to accent "tè" thanks.

Italian entriesEdit

Can you please cancel my wrong entry "shirka delle Nicobare" as I misspelled word "shikra" (I made already the correct entry), thanks.

Italian entriesEdit

I am here again but can you please cancel my wrong entry "mettere a nudo il prioprio animo" due a misspelled "proprio", thanks angelucci.

  • Done by someone else. Also, please sign your requests &c with four tildes. SemperBlotto (talk) 07:10, 18 February 2019 (UTC)


You asked to have this conversation at your talk page. Okay, so here's your chance to explain your changes at quelle surprise and never fight a land war in Asia. CapnZapp (talk) 14:41, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Nothing useful? I clarified the phrasing - while quelle surprise is "virtually identical" to what a surprise, quelle surprise in English carries a more sarcastic connotation than quelle surprise in French. That clarification is useful to me. I found the previous phrasing unclear.
I did not make that addition. I merely moved it out of Synonyms. The issue is moot by now, but you understand why I object to your revert - you might have intended it to say "don't add don't fight a sicilian..." but it came across as "it actually IS a synonym". CapnZapp (talk) 16:37, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Italian entriesEdit

Please delete my wrong spelled entry "Tornenante" thanks.Angelucci (talk) 16:13, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

  • Done. If you add a {{d}} template then someone will delete it quite quickly. SemperBlotto (talk) 16:17, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Italian entriesEdit

Thanks for your advice about my wrong translation of "wait and see" but I left "attendista" which can be both noun and adjective (for example: posizione attendista).Angelucci (talk) 15:55, 20 February 2019 (UTC)


This is hopeless isn't it. A cogent and rational change is made, and is "reverted" for no reason, no wonder Wikipedia is losing editors.

kino#Derived termsEdit

Three chemical terms. DCDuring (talk) 00:01, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

Blank userpage requestEdit

Hey- I would like to ask you- do you have the authority to blank my userpage and userpage history for English Wiktionary? When I first started editing Wiktionary a lot in late 2017 and early 2018, I copy-pasted conversations I had with other users onto my userpage. Doing this would help me find the critical hints, tips and thoughts from those conversations. But now I am more familiar with the website, and I rarely look at those copy-pasted conversations. Also, I have realized that I probably should have gotten the permission of the other users to do a copy-paste of their words. Needless to say, I didn't even consider getting their permission, and just copy-pasted willy-nilly, taking their words out of the original context. Although my intention was merely to make it easier for me to find some of the important information from those crucial conversations, I have realized that my behavior was jarring and extremely rude. Now that I have been around for a while, I have realized that my userpage reflects poorly on me. As far as I can tell, deleting my userpage and userpage history outright is the only responsible course of action. Also, I gave out information about myself that I don't want out there any more. Can this kind of blanking be done? How would I apply to get this done? Have I contacted the right person? Thanks for your help. --Geographyinitiative (talk) 02:42, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

  • I've deleted your user page. There's nothing I can do about its history. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:38, 22 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Sorry about that - deleted userpage and restored talk page. And yes, it was too long to read, so I didn't. SemperBlotto (talk) 10:34, 22 February 2019 (UTC)


For improving russatus, I'm a noobie here, thanks for correcting mistakes and os with macrons, which I'm unable to type on an Android phone. —This unsigned comment was added by (talk).


Why did you rollback? I told you not to rollback on russata. —This unsigned comment was added by (talk).


I'm not sure whether I'm to ask for the reason for the rollback, or defend the edit that was rolled back. Maybe both? Anyway, I know Ailuropoda melanoleuca (giant panda) to be a true bear, one of the eight extant bear species in the family Ursidae – the bears. The wording 'a bear-like animal' is an odd choice, as it is like referring to a spectacled bear as such, or to a jaguar as 'a cat-like animal'. I think this comes with the misleading implication that it would be inaccurate for some reason to refer to a jaguar as a cat, or to a giant panda as a bear. Please work with me on an effective change. -- 00:56, 23 February 2019 (UTC)

Johnny ShizEdit

I just found out about your blocks. I have rather mixed feelings about the whole affair, because, while I can confirm that all of the accounts mentioned in the Wikipedia sockpuppet investigation that have edited here in the past 90 days are the same person (Torrent01's edits are too old to check), there's no pattern of bad faith or vandalism I can see in the actual Wiktionary edits of any of them, unlike their edits on Wikipedia. In fact, the edits that brought your attention to the whole mess look to me like attempts to come clean and set the record straight.

That said, I can't vouch for the quality of their edits- I don't know the languages they've been editing well enough. My subjective impression is that they tend to be a bit clueless and impulsive at times, and you'll see on DTLHS' talk page that I have some real problems with at least one of the Torrent01 edits. It just seems like they're doing the best they know how to. Maybe @Suzukaze-c, who's spent more time going through their edits and knows more than I do about the languages, can give a better idea of that part.

Like I said, I have mixed feelings, so I'm not asking you to immediately unblock them: just to reconsider the length of the block in light of their behavior here on Wiktionary- not just the dishonesty about their past or the vandalism they did on Wikipedia. Chuck Entz (talk) 05:23, 24 February 2019 (UTC)

  • I've reduced it to one day - let's see. SemperBlotto (talk) 07:25, 24 February 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for everything. I've completely abandoned the editing of entries for archaic Chinese characters, in favor of improving and creating entries found in my Chinese dictionary. I'm also currently trying to take the standard offer on enwiki. Johnny Shiz (talk) 21:52, 1 March 2019 (UTC)

My user pageEdit

Is there any way you can restore my now-deleted user page? Thanks for unblocking me! Johnny Shiz (talk) 21:11, 25 February 2019 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Restored. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 21:19, 25 February 2019 (UTC)
Thanks. Johnny Shiz (talk) 23:22, 25 February 2019 (UTC)



a couple of days ago I created the page olonetsien, which is the French name for the Livvi-Karelian language or dialect. You claimed it was "nonsense/gibberish". I guess I should have clarified that it is a dialect of the Karelian language and provided a Wikipedia link, which I did now.

I can even provide some links outside the Wikimedia projects where the term "olonetsien" has been used: (force-download Word document)

If you still want to delete the page and block me again, do so, but in that case please give me some good reason why aunuksenkarjala (the Finnish name for the same variety) can still have an entry here, so I can avoid adding "nonsense/gibberish" in the future. 06:42, 12 March 2019 (UTC)

  • OK. I've simplified it and created the red-linked translations. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:59, 12 March 2019 (UTC)


I think the following: 1. Becco is only masculine therefore does not exist "becca" (only for beccare) therefore there is only "beccolungo" and "becchilunghi" (in composite nouns substantive-noun+adjective both desinences change) 2. I have never seen a "beccolunga or beccolunghe or beccolunghi" in the Italian language. Thanks for your time.Angelucci (talk) 13:36, 15 March 2019 (UTC)

  • OK - I have modified the headword accordingly. SemperBlotto (talk) 15:22, 15 March 2019 (UTC)
    • p.s. The it-adj template doesn't format this type of adjective properly.

Question about cyclooctyneEdit

Just wondering, is the "oo" pronounced as 2 separate o's as opposed to the "oo" in "food"? I was going to add it to Category:English terms with vowel pseudo-digraphs but want to make sure that that is not a mistake. User: The Ice Mage talk to meh 16:31, 15 March 2019 (UTC)

Alright, thanks for the reply. :) User: The Ice Mage talk to meh 17:49, 15 March 2019 (UTC)

Ohia pageEdit


Please forgive me if I did the wrong thing by trying to correct this entry. "ohias" is an incorrect plural in English for ohia because as a Hawaiian loan word to English it retains its irregular plural status. In Hawaiian and in most languages of the Austronesian language family a word is pluralised by adding a modifier word in front of the noun without altering the noun itself. In Hawai'i where Hawaiian loan words are used most in English, it is very rare for a Hawaiian loan word to English to be pluralised with an s at the end. Countless words from muumuu, keiki, lei, pali, etc all function in English as irregular plurals. Very few and usually only outsiders to Hawaii every pluralise ohia with an s; to claim otherwise in this dictionary is at best ignorant of current and historical usage and at worst imperialist (not a good look considering the current politics in Hawai'i). Please help change this entry to reflect the reality of where the word ohia is used 99% of the time, in actual Hawai'i. Thank you —This unsigned comment was added by (talk).

  • The word ohia is "English" and follows English grammar. We do not yet have the Hawaiian word "ōhiʽa" but you are welcome to add it. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:52, 23 March 2019 (UTC)

reply to topic of pluralisation of the word ohiaEdit

You're employing a cultural bias here. Loan words from Latin to English and in some cases Greek loan words to English retain irregular plurality e.g. media/medium, cacti/cactus, octopus/octopodes. Also, sushi (no one ever says I'm going for sushis") Very few people are fluent in Hawaiian in Hawai'i; I am referring to how ohia is actually used in English (not pidgin/HCE!) in Hawai'i. This is relevant. It's disrespectful and imperialist to tell a million plus people who speak English in Hawai'i that their use of Hawaiian loan words to English is incorrect. At the very least if you must retain "ohias", please add to the entry that in English spoken in Hawai'i ohia is an irregular plural. —This comment was unsigned.

Wiktionary depends on contributors to provide information about how words are actually used. We need the usage information to be supported by evidence, which almost always means printed evidence. Ohias is well attested as a plural. If another plural following the Hawaiian pattern is used in English, then we should add it, possibly showing it as the principal plural if written evidence supports that. If it is not more common plural in English running text, but is the more common in English spoken in Hawaii, then a usage note is a good place to say so.
So, what would be very helpful would be formatted quotations that use the plural following the Hawaiian pattern in running English text, not in italics or between quotation marks. English newspapers might be a good source. DCDuring (talk) 13:20, 23 March 2019 (UTC)

Removing "gogo" (Georgian) link to the wiktionary page in EnglishEdit

What exactly is the reason you would delete my insertion to link the Georgian გოგო page to the page in English? I do not understand why you think you have such authority. This is an actual word that is transcribed as "gogo" but not easily found if you don't know how to use/write Georgian script. It is a shame you remove small contributions, and ultimately why "wiki" remains a mess. —This unsigned comment was added by (talk).

  • It had no content. No headword and no translation. It was, as you say, a mess. SemperBlotto (talk) 10:20, 23 March 2019 (UTC)

Korean Surname Park(박)Edit

Why did you revert to a previous version? —This unsigned comment was added by (talk).

  • I don't know which word you a talking about. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:50, 25 March 2019 (UTC)
  1. :
    (MC reading: (MC pwɑk̚, bˠiæk̚, bˠɛk̚))
  2. :
    (MC reading: )
  3. :
    (MC reading: (MC pwɑk̚))
  4. :
    (MC reading: (MC pˠʌk̚))
  5. :
    (MC reading: (MC pwɑk̚))

You deleted these parts. + Sino-Korean words, such as Heartbeat(박동), 박물관(Museum) and so on..

  • Those are five different words that I have never touched. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:54, 25 March 2019 (UTC)
    • Perhaps you are talking about the Korean word ? You made large errors in formatting that I could not correct. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:55, 25 March 2019 (UTC)

What error? Could you specify? 박동(Heartbeat), 박물관(Museum), 박사(PhD), 박치기(HeatButting) are all used widely in both North and South Korea. They are Sino-Korean words.

  • You included a section headed "==Korean word 박==". This is not a heading on this wiki, and level 2 (==...==) heading are reserved for languages (e.g. ==Korean==). SemperBlotto (talk) 07:01, 25 March 2019 (UTC)

OK. I'll fix the format.

How to capture story behind etymology for calculus?Edit

Hi, You reverted my recent edit on calculus (which I believe squalidly tried to capture a narrative in Etymology or failed to mention reference). Can you please clarify so that I can fix it? Ankitdimania (talk) 20:18, 27 March 2019 (UTC)

  • I think that Wikipedia may do that better. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:35, 28 March 2019 (UTC)
  • I added a reference for Etymology, but I'm still not satisfied that the etymology fails to mention original sense of the word. I'll investigate how it can follow the standard mentioned at to capture the story. Ankitdimania (talk) 03:41, 29 March 2019 (UTC)
  • I added the original sense in the meaning of the Latin origin word. Please LMK if you see any issues with it, we will work it out. Ankitdimania (talk) 21:06, 31 March 2019 (UTC)

Headword templatesEdit

What are those? —This unsigned comment was added by 2600:1700:94a0:2720:c4d9:9941:8981:cb60 (talk).

  • Just look at the changes made to the terms you have added. SemperBlotto (talk) 09:13, 5 April 2019 (UTC)

Done they should be numerals! Why did you delete the entry for cougar?Ndołkah (talk) 09:26, 5 April 2019 (UTC)

  • The problem was that you linked to couger, not cougar. Spelling is critically important, and not just for technical reasons- this is a dictionary, after all. Now that you have an account, I have left our welcome template on your talk page. Please click on the links it provides to read about editing Wiktionary entries. We have a very specific format so that the millions of entries here edited by thousands of people are all consistent with each other and contain the necessary information. Chuck Entz (talk) 17:34, 5 April 2019 (UTC)

hot and sexy alkaloidsEdit

Hi Blotto. We haven't talked for a little while. I have been getting all hot and bothered about four sexy alkaloids: fumariline, dihydrofumariline, fumaritridine, fumaritrine. Can you please assuage my burning passion. I think they might be from Fumaria species but it didn't help me actually find any info. Thx and best, Equinox 03:14, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

And for God's sake archive your talk page, man. Equinox 03:15, 6 April 2019 (UTC)
Talk page archived. They don't turn me on much - but I haven't actually tried them out. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:17, 6 April 2019 (UTC)
What about nitrosylmyoglobin and nitrosylmyochrome? Maybe something to do with cooked meat or something, god knows. Equinox 10:43, 6 April 2019 (UTC)


What's the point in linking to the Spanish wikipedia from the English wiktionary? Oska (talk) 08:07, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

  • It's a Spanish word so we link to the Spanish Wikipedia. We link to the English Wikipedia from the English word. That's just what we do. SemperBlotto (talk) 09:37, 6 April 2019 (UTC)


How do I format the IPA pronunciation for a Western Apache term correctly? Before I go on to add the pronunciations of other words I want to make sure that I have done it correctly on this entry. Thankies. —This unsigned comment was added by Ndołkah (talkcontribs).

  • I don't know. I don't do pronunciation at all. SemperBlotto (talk) 20:14, 6 April 2019 (UTC)
  • ThankiesNdołkah (talk) 01:26, 10 April 2019 (UTC)

a più tardiEdit

From Treccani ......a più tardi, per rinviare qualche cosa a un nuovo, prossimo incontro (o semplicem. come saluto di breve commiato); al più tardi, per indicare un limite: il vestito sarà pronto al più t. tra una settimana.......Best regards.Angelucci (talk) 15:50, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

  • Yes. a più tardi means see you later. But see you later alligator is an extended, rhyming form of the term - "a più tardi" does not mean it. SemperBlotto (talk) 15:54, 8 April 2019 (UTC)
    • I'd argue that see you later and see you later alligator mean the exact same thing, so they both translate a più tardi. But I agree that we should pick the simpler, more common term as the translation. —Rua (mew) 15:55, 8 April 2019 (UTC)
      • There's more to it than just the meaning: see you later, alligator is dated (it was a fad in the 50's), informal, and nowadays is kind of corny."a più tardi" doesn't have any of that. As such, it's a poor translation, even if the literal meaning matches. Chuck Entz (talk) 01:54, 9 April 2019 (UTC)
        • I did knew what would your reply be but please tell me why you offer possible translations in foreign languages for what you claim is possible only in English?Angelucci (talk) 11:41, 9 April 2019 (UTC)

Old Saxon name AggaEdit

Why did you remove my entry? It is an attested name. I even gave a reference for it. Leornendeealdenglisc (talk) 08:54, 15 April 2019 (UTC)

Your rollback is in errorEdit

Your roll back on havere is in error. Aearthrise (talk)

  • No. You need to provide evidence - citations of actual usage. Some third party will check them and make a decision. SemperBlotto (talk) 14:55, 19 April 2019 (UTC)

Your rollback of my edit to "gallus"Edit

Greetings and felicitations. I am mostly unfamiliar with Wiktionary, being primarily an editor of Wikipedia. Would you please be so kind as to explain to me the grounds for reverting my edit to gallus? To me, cross-connecting related or similar terms, such as "gallus" and "galluses", is standard practice on Wikipedia, and seems to make sense here too. —DocWatson42 (talk) 23:04, 21 April 2019 (UTC)

If I may, there are a few problems with your edit. First, it uses a level 2 heading, which is reserved for languages, and "See also" is obviously not a language. Secondly, all we have at galluses right now is an English entry, whereas the "See also" section is for linking terms in the same language. —Rua (mew) 23:18, 21 April 2019 (UTC)


You reverted my change to presbycusis. Look at the discussion on that page for my longstanding criticism of the prior / current definition. Read up on the subject if you want (have you? I have, a lot). What do you see as the issues / problems? 03:26, 22 April 2019 (UTC)

  • We are a dictionary. We don't need such encyclopedic content. SemperBlotto (talk) 05:18, 22 April 2019 (UTC) p.s. I know the subject at first hand (being rather old)

Adding the word "Etisquette"Edit

Greetings Mr. Knaggs,

I noticed you deleted a page I created on the term "etisquette", advising me to use the sandbox. I understand that the sandbox is for experiment with formating, not for adding a term to the dictionary.

If the page was deleted for the format, I acknowledge I'm not seasoned in editing wikitionary pages. I'd appreciate if you could help me with the same, making it more "comprehensible" and interpretable, if I give you the whole thing in plain writing.


Narula —This unsigned comment was added by (talk).

  • The word does not seem to exist. If it did, it would probably not be capitalised. Where did you see this word used? SemperBlotto (talk) 12:24, 23 April 2019 (UTC)
  • I had no intention of capitalising it. The term is mainly military parlance, as in a commander warning one of his subordinates : "You better exercise some etisquette young man! Or I will have to put you on adverse report." - OR - "The government is planning to order an etisquette." In this case it means there is going to be a major modification among the ranks, or even the structure of the army, to improve it's image and standards. The term originally means to polish something to make it look better or give it a smooth finish. From there, it transitions into the act of making a system or set of people work better, i.e. more professionally... or you can say in a more polished manner.

Discipliner (talk) 13:24, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

  • I still can't see any usage of such a word. You will have to be prepared to provide evidence. SemperBlotto (talk) 13:26, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

There will be no need for that Mr. Knaggs !

I cannot hand you a government order as proof unless such a thing is in public domain, which as of today is not the case. So leave it.

It has been my experience that convincing the typical online warlord, who's never been in a real combat situation, of stuff that exists in the soldiers' realm is somewhat tough. I'm NOT saying that to point fingers at you or anything, it's just a common problem in the geek-space that I see often.


Discipliner (talk) 14:33, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

There's Appendix:Glossary of military slang. It's a bit of an unsorted mess. Equinox 14:36, 23 April 2019 (UTC)


Could you please delete all the inflected forms your bot created so this can be deleted altogether? Thanks —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 01:13, 29 April 2019 (UTC)

  • Done. I don't run the bot any more - far too much hassle. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:46, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
    Thanks. I fixed the present participle forms. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 18:26, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Another bot cleanup request. All the forms of the verb crūstō got created without the u being properly marked as long. Can you please go through and fix them (both the headwords and in the definition-line link to the lemma)? —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 02:02, 8 May 2019 (UTC)
    • The bot made those verb forms on 9 March 2016 - at that time the macron was not in place. Whoever added the macron should add it to the verb forms. I'm not going to. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:02, 8 May 2019 (UTC)
      I'm not saying this is your fault, but it's still your responsibility. Your bot allowed you to make edits way faster than anyone could manually, but you are still responsible for those edits as if you had done them yourself. I fixed all the forms of the related nouns, so I'm only asking you to deal with the verb forms. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 17:17, 10 May 2019 (UTC)
      A reminder to please deal with this. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 18:35, 13 May 2019 (UTC)
      It seems Semper is going to ignore me rather than handle it. @Benwing2, would you be willing to pick up the slack? —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 19:00, 14 May 2019 (UTC)


You are quick! Thank you! I was looking it up how to do it for northern ohlone thanks a million!Ndołkah (talk) 06:26, 1 May 2019 (UTC)


According to Kielitoimiston sanakirja ( ) the word toreadori means 'bullfighter on horseback' (ratsastava = someone who rides; härkätaistelija = bullfighter). I'm not sure how the word toreadori is used colloquially, but if we go by that standard definition, härkätaistelija is a hypernym of toreadori, not a synonym. 15:12, 2 May 2019 (UTC)

  • toreador seems the best translation of this word - a bullfighter, usually on horseback. SemperBlotto (talk) 15:15, 2 May 2019 (UTC)
    Fair enough, now that you added that "especially one on horseback" clarification on the page toreador itself. 15:19, 2 May 2019 (UTC)


Hi SB. Long time, little to no activity. I lost interest for the infighting about good words and phrases and the allowance, without comment of some extremely dubious and often -- well -- dirty I suppose is one word I could use.

Any way. -- I don't think I could do justice to a definition of this new Physics field of twistronics. Could you look at it? Thanks ALGRIF talk 09:59, 5 May 2019 (UTC)

  • Hi there. That's a new one on me. I've had a go at defining it. Cheers. SemperBlotto (talk) 10:07, 5 May 2019 (UTC)
    • p.s. There's lots that I dislike about the project (and some of the contributors) but I just try to ignore them and carry on regardless. SemperBlotto (talk) 10:11, 5 May 2019 (UTC)

Proper format for "lintrus" entryEdit

Hi! Sorry, I don't understand the comment you gave for the deletion of the page lintrus: "No usable content given (please see WT:CFI, WT:EL)". I forget what I entered, but basically the only information I have about the form is this du Cange entry that defines it as a variant/collateral form of the noun "linter". Pretty much the same info is given for the form "lintrum", which was previously listed on Wiktionary as a genitive plural form (which it doesn't seem to be). Should I include a definition line that just has the word "linter"? I don't know how to write a detailed definition, since I haven't found one yet.--Urszag (talk) 17:13, 9 May 2019 (UTC)

  • I have temporarily restored it. You can see that it has no definition. (lintrum does have a definition - genitive plural of linter). SemperBlotto (talk) 19:17, 9 May 2019 (UTC)
    • The "genitive plural" definition of "lintrum" is unrelated to the linked du Cange entry. When I first encountered the page, it had only the genitive plural definition and a link to the du Cange page which defined the word as a collateral form of "linter". This confused me. (Looking at the history of the page, I think the citation was added by a bot.) The Latin dictionaries and grammars that I have read give the genitive plural of "linter" as "lintrium", with an i, not as "lintrum". So I added "lintrium" to Wiktionary, but I was also able to find some examples of genitive plural "lintrum" in post-Classical texts (which I put on the page Citations:lintrum), so that definition also seems to be valid. The issue is that there appears to be a distinct word "lintrum" that is a singular noun: as you can see, du Cange gives "LINTRUM, Lintrus, pro Linter. Supplem. Antiquarii", "Lintrum, σϰαφή, Alveum, scafa". I don't feel like I have a great understanding of the meaning of the words "alveum" and "σϰαφή/scapha/scafa", but if I must attempt to write a definition in order to avoid deletion of the entry, I guess I can try to translate these. As far as I can tell, the word was used to refer to some kind of boat. (What do we do with words with unclear meanings?) I'm also trying to collect examples of this non-genitive use of lintrum (also on the page Citations:lintrum), but I'm not at all fluent in Latin, so in most cases it's beyond me to figure out the meaning or grammar from the context.--Urszag (talk) 21:26, 9 May 2019 (UTC)

Reporting IP =Edit

Hi, The IP address ( which you have reverted edits of is likely a sock of Zeshan Mahmood (see Cleaning up after long-term abuse by Zeshan Mahmood). Same Pakistani POVPUSH edits and locale as Zeshan and his known alts. Please look into this. Gotitbro (talk) 03:52, 12 May 2019 (UTC)

We have our own history with this individual, and those of us who cleaned up after them before spotted them right away. The IP was blocked, and aside from a couple of "national x of Pakistan" edits and one Translingual entry that was converted to our format because it was useful, all of their edits have been reverted and all of the pages they created have been mass-deleted. What else would you suggest we do? Chuck Entz (talk) 07:39, 12 May 2019 (UTC)
Now I know for the future that I just need to delete the Pakistan stuff. —Rua (mew) 11:06, 13 May 2019 (UTC)
@Chuck Entz: Yes, the user has a long history of cross-wiki abuse going back more than ten years under different IP addresses and accounts. A list of IP ranges they have edited under [similar to IPs being used currently] can be seen in the SPI at enwiki here (also note the different socks); the user has also vandalized Commons with different socks and IPs (SPI case), among all known Wikimedia Projects and Wikipedias (even non-WM projects like Wikitravel). The user mostly makes edits in Pakistani POVPUSH, hoax entries etc. It is clear they don't intend to stop anytime soon and will keep vandalizing under different IPs, the best thing to do would be to block these abused ranges [and accounts] as soon as they're found out.
Also useful would be adding the contribsrange.js gadget so that users can easily see vandalism from IP ranges. Gotitbro (talk) 13:22, 13 May 2019 (UTC)


...regarding Rollback on "bicamerality"; (as a complete newbie to the process, I hope not to get lost in the weeds of Wiki, but I am concerned about the topic in question, and I'd like it done right in the dictionary). I created the entry for "bicamerality" and a day later reconsidered the various 'senses' of meaning as overly subtle, so I shouldn't be thought a vandal for rewriting my own first effort. My total revision was an attempt to be precise, clear and uncontroversial about the two fundamental meanings as used by the originator of the concept. (BTW, I anticipate some future controversy about this.) Thank you. B.Sirota (talk) 11:00, 13 May 2019 (UTC) ... meta-question: how and by whom does a Rollback get Undone? B.Sirota (talk) 11:56, 13 May 2019 (UTC)

  • You removed RfV tags out of process. You need to provide evidence to back up your definitions. If provided, the RfV tags will be deleted; if not, the definitions will be removed. SemperBlotto (talk) 12:39, 13 May 2019 (UTC)

...My action and intention, indeed, was to bring the definitions (not the Rfv tags) to a quick and painless death - in order to allow for a new incarnation. What is the shortcut to that intended outcome, please? If I can't do it, who can? B.Sirota (talk) 21:45, 13 May 2019 (UTC)


I don't know Latin, but am I correct in thinking that this—using "inspians" and "inspiante" in place of "inspirans" and "inspirante"—was in error? Rebbing 02:34, 26 May 2019 (UTC)

  • Looks like it. Feel free to correct any entry that is wrong. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:21, 26 May 2019 (UTC)

Decision stream: reverted edits by

Dear SemperBlotto,

Maybe the definition given by authors of article "Decision Stream: Cultivating Deep Decision Trees", which is used in Macmillan and Urban Dictionaries, can be added to Wikitionary:

Decision stream is a statistic-based supervised learning technique that generates a deep directed acyclic graph of decision rules to solve classification and regression tasks

If you agree, you can revert your edit to version of or inform me about your opinion. 19:23, 27 May 2019 (UTC)

Entry for "αρbε̰ρ" (arbër)Edit

During the Ottoman empire several scripts were used to write in Arbërisht: latin, greek, arabic, etc. Arbërisht (αρbε̰ρίσ̈τ) is still written in the greek Alphabet, but only by an minority group living in Greece (called 'Arvanites' in Greek). Arbëreshë living in Italy use the latin Alphabet, same goes for modern Albanian. Arbërisht is Old Albanian. Also "Arbërisht" (the native term) is called "Arvanitika" in greek tongue. Arvanitika is an endagered language. I don't quite get why my entry should be deleted. IMIPER (talk) 16:17, 30 May 2019 (UTC)

immersion heaterEdit

Hiya, I thought your definition was right when I first looked at it, but apparently it isn't, according to Oxford it's a heating element (and images seem to back this up). It's something I discovered when working on a translation from Norwegian. DonnanZ (talk) 20:33, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

I misinterpreted the definition. Never mind. DonnanZ (talk) 09:02, 7 June 2019 (UTC)


Dear SemperBlotto,

the page history of the word mentioned above tells me that You created the page some time ago. So I´d like to make two suggestions:

  1. "sondergleichen" is never inflected in German. Could You please remove the declension table from the entry and add an according note? (if I would do this it would be seen as vandalism.)
  2. "sondergleichen" is always placed behind the noun which it refers to, e.g. "eine Frechheit sondergleichen" ("an extraordinary impertinence"), so the Duden classifies it as an adverb (but it´s an adverb that´s always used in an appositive position). Could You please add a usage note in this regard?

I hope You don´t mind if I don´t follow this silly wiktionary custom of telling people to keep away from languages they don´t know as native speakers whenenver they make minor mistakes, because I think even with the present flaws the page contains valuable information and am grateful that You have bothered to create the entry. Thank You. -- 18:12, 10 June 2019 (UTC)

IP makes correct points. The forms need to be deleted. Fay Freak (talk) 18:42, 10 June 2019 (UTC)
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