User talk:SemperBlotto

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Removal of translationEdit

Hey there,

just curious why you deleted my translation of the Latin word "negligens", while i'm sure the translation is correct —This unsigned comment was added by 2a02:1811:240c:1200:adb4:cb75:c807:d5b7 (talk).

  • I don't see how "negligent" or "careless" are present participles. SemperBlotto (talk) 15:48, 3 January 2017 (UTC)


Hi, resident chemist. Could you add some chemistry definition to secondary? Currently we have "Possessing some quality, or having been subject to some operation (as substitution), in the second degree; as, a secondary salt, a secondary amine, etc.", but Collins separates these chemistry terms into subdefinitions. --Quadcont (talk) 21:12, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

  • Well, I've modified the chemistry definition to make it a bit more understandable. SemperBlotto (talk) 22:20, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

Deleting Accidental ModuleEdit

Hi there, I made a typo with Module:user:Awesomemeeos. Please delete it – AWESOME meeos * (「欺负」我) 01:54, 4 January 2017 (UTC)

No – AWESOME meeos * (「欺负」我) 05:53, 4 January 2017 (UTC)
I already deleted it. Sorry for the confusion. @Awesomemeeos: for future reference, modules can be moved if they're under the wrong name, as long as both the old and the new names start with "Module:". Chuck Entz (talk) 07:43, 4 January 2017 (UTC)

coronoid and coracoidEdit

I removed the line about the beak of a crow on the page for "coronoid" because it's not correct. Coronoid comes from Greek korone meaning curved or bent, or Latin corona meaning crown (which is also from Greek korone). The similar-sounding coracoid is named because it's hooked like the beak of a crow, from Greek korax (which is again also possibly related to korone). I edited the page for "coracoid" too for the same reason. Noparlpf (talk) 15:12, 5 January 2017 (UTC)

Assuming that you're even correct, why did you not explain this in your edits? —CodeCat 15:17, 5 January 2017 (UTC)
Also, etymology goes in its own section, not in the definition line. SemperBlotto (talk) 15:18, 5 January 2017 (UTC)

Deletion of definition quillEdit

Why did you delete the definition of the additional noun version of the word "quill"? The definition given is another valid description of a quill. Obviously when you are not familiar with the term, it is just easier to delete a definition than to accept that someone just might know what they are referring to. Now that I am aware of the level of intelligence of the folks I am dealing with I won't waste my time trying to improve yours. So long.

  • Massive amount of badly-formatted random text. SemperBlotto (talk) 17:24, 14 January 2017 (UTC)
    • Not to mention directly copypasted from this. I can understand not wanting to retype your part of it, but you copied everything, including maintenance templates and the text part of the navigation links. Unattributed copying from Wikipedia is a violation of Wikipedia's Creative Commons license, and we can't legally accept that. Chuck Entz (talk) 15:28, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
Funny that, since Wikipedia and Wiktionary are sisters – AWESOME meeos * (「欺负」我) 19:24, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
It's not where it's copied from or to, it's the breaking of the chain of attribution. If you copy content even from one Wiktionary page to another without saying where you got it from (a mention in the edit summary is all you need), you're violating the Creative Commons license that allows us to use contributed content. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:48, 19 January 2017 (UTC)

Removing my User PageEdit

Dear SemperBlotto,

How and why did you delete my user page? I believed I had produced a user page that explained my expertise (my parallel user page from Wikipedia is pasted below). Was there some problem?

How can I restore the page? I'm happy to remove anything that is inappropriate.

Kind regards, Michelle Y. Merrill, Ph.D.

I've replied on your talk page. Equinox 01:29, 19 January 2017 (UTC)

Landlocked rollbackEdit

Since you didn't say why you rolledback I don't know what the issue is. What is the issue? 14:50, 20 January 2017 (UTC)

I'm not sure, but I had more time to spend on it than SemperBlotto did, so I reformatted it to our standards and added the necessary three citations to prove that this sense is in use. That should deal with whatever issues there were. Chuck Entz (talk) 20:37, 20 January 2017 (UTC)
landlocked is an adjective. Your definition was for a noun. SemperBlotto (talk) 20:39, 20 January 2017 (UTC)
In the future you may want to consider being kinder to your fellow editors in such situations by either (a) providing explanations when you rollback or, better still, (b) fixing the errors. Butwhatdoiknow (talk) 00:12, 21 January 2017 (UTC)
@Butwhatdoiknow Totally agree! – AWESOME meeos * (「欺负」我) 01:10, 21 January 2017 (UTC)
It is a little hard to deal with the flood of recent changes. SB is by far the most active reviewer of recent changes and that makes him very busy. Most of us appreciate his willingness to put in the effort.
A decision rule that most of us follow in reviewing recent changes is to be more aggressive on edits by unregistered users. We cannot even be assured that a comment on the IP address talk page will get to the intended person and that it will not be confuse the next contributor who uses that IP address. We are usually a bit more explanatory for registered users. Now that you are registered you may find your experience a good bit better. You can also ask questions of those who seem likely to give you a relevant answer. Chuck has given you a model of a good definition with the support it should ideally have. If you don't think you will be able to contribute regularly, but desire that some definitions be added you might try requested entries WT:REE. DCDuring TALK 01:20, 21 January 2017 (UTC)

Category:Pages with math errorsEdit

Could you please try to fix these before you create the page? Most of the time it's a simple fix of a bracket being outside of the math tag. DTLHS (talk) 15:31, 23 January 2017 (UTC)

  • I'll try, but I find them confusing. Anyway, aren't we supposed to not change quotations? SemperBlotto (talk) 15:33, 23 January 2017 (UTC)
    • You're not changing the quotation. It's an error from Visviva's math tag parsing code. DTLHS (talk) 15:36, 23 January 2017 (UTC)
      • OK - I'll look at the original. SemperBlotto (talk) 15:38, 23 January 2017 (UTC)
        • A possibly related issue is <math>{{{1}}}</math>, which sets off an abuse filter- I'm not sure if the edit filter will even let you save an edit until the triple braces are removed. As far as I can tell, <math>{{{1}}}</math> is identical in output to <math>1</math>, and I've made that substitution on a few pages already with no visible difference. Chuck Entz (talk) 04:55, 16 February 2017 (UTC)
          • Ah - I sometimes get a warning that my edit is "harmful". I have just ignored it until now. SemperBlotto (talk) 07:49, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

Feminine versions of DonaldEdit

Donalda, Dolina and Donaldina are common female equivalents of Donald in the Hebrides where the name Donald originates. [1] I am also unsure why there is a Swedish etymology when the name is obviously just the anglicised Gaelic name anyway. Sologoal (talk) 11:30, 24 January 2017 (UTC


I think there's a mistake somewhere on quasistatico. --Quadcont (talk) 20:48, 25 January 2017 (UTC)

  • It's OK now. SemperBlotto (talk) 21:52, 25 January 2017 (UTC)

phenyboronic, phenyboronic acidEdit

Are these not just misspellings of the phenyl forms? Would the letter L usually vanish? Equinox 17:12, 4 February 2017 (UTC)

  • Yes. Fixed (with a little help from my friends). SemperBlotto (talk) 18:06, 4 February 2017 (UTC)
Another questionable one: oleanonic acid, based on the entry contents, seems as though it should be oleanolic acid — though it's quite widespread in Google Books. Equinox 22:41, 4 February 2017 (UTC)
  • They seem to be synonyms of each other. Don't really know which one should be the main one - made a random choice. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:31, 5 February 2017 (UTC)

Block for User:ITOGWS CommunityEdit

I want a   block for that user, because the username is promotional.

Thanks, 2602:304:68AD:3220:FD25:732E:F177:1A07 17:01, 5 February 2017 (UTC)

  • There have been no edits from that user yet. SemperBlotto (talk) 17:51, 5 February 2017 (UTC)

Recent move undoneEdit

Greetings, SemperBlotto: I undid your recent move to al cazzo di cane, moving the page back to alla cazzo di cane. I just wanted to let you know that in Italian (just as in French) alla, when denoting a manner etc. is commonly followed by an adjective in the feminine form; but it has now become a fix form also employed with nouns, no matter what their gender is. Oh, but please don't take this as a reproach, I simply wanted to explain the move. ;) [ˌiˑvã̠n̪ˑˈs̪kr̺ud͡ʒʔˌn̺ovã̠n̪ˑˈt̪ɔ̟t̪ːo] (parla con me) 20:42, 7 February 2017 (UTC)

  • No probs. I didn't know that. SemperBlotto (talk) 20:59, 7 February 2017 (UTC)

Request for clarificationEdit

Dear SemperBlotto,

I'm a Latin teacher and trying to use Wiktionary to help my current and future students. Why did you delete my page creation for the vulgar Latin term boscus? My students are having trouble finding it in Latin dictionaries, since it's used primarily in Medieval Latin (specifically in the Magna Carta for our class), and they will be helped by its inclusion in Wiktionary. I'm hoping that they will be able to create other pages in the future to build up Wiktionary, assuming those pages will not be deleted moments after creation. Please explain your rationale, expanding on "nah," so that I may best know how to help in the edification of Wiktionary and of my students.

Thank you.

Ryan Magill 15:10, 9 February 2017 (UTC)

  • I answered on your talk page.
  • After some research, I have managed to find the word in another dictionary. I have added it with suitable formatting. SemperBlotto (talk) 15:17, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
    • Let me know if I have chosen the wrong declension. (It would be fiddly for you to change) SemperBlotto (talk) 15:35, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
      • The declension is correct. However, I'd like your advice on what I can do to keep deletion to a minimum. I'm hoping that my students will be able to create many such pages, most or all of which will not be able to be found in Lewis and Short. From what I can surmise, I ought to have them fill out the formatting as you did. Would it be helpful to have them create users? (I've now signed into mine.) Finally, is there anything else I should instruct them to do (and do myself)? Thanks.--Rmagill (talk) 18:10, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
  • User IDs are preferred but not obligatory. You and your students might like to read Wiktionary:About Latin. We have many different templates that are used for creating Latin headwords and inflection tables - far too many to remember. You can find them by going to Special Pages => All pages with prefix => Display pages with prefix (la) and Namespace (template). You and your students are bound to make innocent mistakes. That is not a problem. I used to run a bot that added the inflected forms automajically (but not anymore). The easiest thing is to find a similar word and copy its formatting. Good luck. SemperBlotto (talk) 21:38, 9 February 2017 (UTC)

Move pageEdit

Hi SemperBlotto, can you please move the page Module:user:awesomemeeos/ispron to correct casing? Thanks – AWESOME meeos * (chōmtī hao /t͡ɕoːm˩˧.tiː˩˧ haw˦˥/) 09:29, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

  •   Done. Revert if appropriate. DCDuring TALK 01:40, 12 February 2017 (UTC)
@DCDuring: Thanks, but I meant Module:User:Awesomemeeos/ispronAWESOME meeos * (chōmtī hao /t͡ɕoːm˩˧.tiː˩˧ haw˦˥/) 03:42, 12 February 2017 (UTC)
  Done --Daniel Carrero (talk) 03:43, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

Request for vandalism forgiveness and user reinstatementEdit

Dear SemperBlotto,

On 9 Feb 2017, your user page was vandalized by Jbown4718, who also added an unhelpful and rude section to your talk page. I'm saddened to say that the young man in question is one of my high school students. He was particularly angered by your deletion of the page on boscus (which you and I discussed above) and completely oblivious to 1) why your deletion may have been legitimate, or at least understandable, 2) the significant nature of your contribution to Wiktionary, and 3) appropriate conduct as a responsible internet citizen.

I have talked with him, as well as with the rest of my students, on all three of these points. He has expressed his remorse to me and would like to have his user ID reinstated. I agreed to ask on his behalf, although I leave the matter entirely to the discretion of the sysops. Of course, he has given me his assurance of his future good conduct, if reinstated. Thank you for your consideration (post-Wikibreak, of course). Rmagill (talk) 00:08, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

Hi - just curious if I'm following the right procedure for something like this. If not, do you have any suggestions for how I should go about it? Thanks. Rmagill (talk) 17:51, 21 February 2017 (UTC)
He is now unblocked. We'll see. SemperBlotto (talk) 17:54, 21 February 2017 (UTC)
Thank you! Rmagill (talk) 23:57, 21 February 2017 (UTC)


Why did you revert my edit? Take a look at the Merriam Webster definition. Laurdecl talk 01:26, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

Your definition is worded as if it were defining a noun. DCDuring TALK 01:41, 12 February 2017 (UTC)
In addition, it is not really distinct from the existing definition. A modest rewording of the current definition could make it clear the the term applied things and not only people, though this is hardly necessary. DCDuring TALK 01:44, 12 February 2017 (UTC)
I see that highfalutin in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911 defines it as a noun, but modern dictionaries don't. It would be useful to get some citations that confirm that it is actually used as a noun. Relying on a UK source for an Americanism doesn't seem wise to me. A search on Google Books, perhaps limited to the 19th century, for "a highfalutin" or "highfalutins" might yield some usage. DCDuring TALK 01:52, 12 February 2017 (UTC)
I've created a noun PoS section with a supporting citation. DCDuring TALK 02:10, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

Irish twinEdit

I wonder if IP is right. There wasn't much in the way of birth control pre-20th century, was there? Equinox 12:00, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

  • Birth control has been practiced since the time of the ancient Romans. It hasn't been very effective until the 20th century. SemperBlotto (talk) 17:38, 12 February 2017 (UTC)


Why did you revert my revision? PapíDimmi (talk | contribs) 16:50, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

It didn't make any semantic sense. A type of person is not described by any word ending in -iality as far as I can tell. Do you have evidence for your usage? SemperBlotto (talk) 16:52, 16 February 2017 (UTC)
All right. Thanks! PapíDimmi (talk | contribs) 16:53, 16 February 2017 (UTC)


Hey. Can you undelete prejunior plz. I'll redefine it. --Quadcont (talk) 21:48, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

  • I've added an English term. Feel free to append the Spanish. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:59, 21 February 2017 (UTC)
    • Nah, I got bored of that term. --Quadcont (talk) 18:21, 21 February 2017 (UTC)

Vandalizing your pageEdit

I am sorry for messing with your page. It was stupid and I was bored; it won't happen again. Thank you for reinstating me into wiktionary editing. I will just edit/add Latin words, not pages or things I shouldn't change.


I just reverted changes to JCC, but I'm starting to have doubts. Mind taking a look? --Robbie SWE (talk) 18:31, 1 March 2017 (UTC)

  • Well is seems to be more than just a "Jewish" "community center" - seems to be the name of a specific organization. SemperBlotto (talk) 20:02, 1 March 2017 (UTC)
    According to   Jewish Community Center on Wikipedia.Wikipedia , the Jewish Community Center Association is the umbrella organization, and many of the individual units have JCC or Jewish Community Center in their names, but some are YMHAs and YWHAs. I think that the JCC entry is correct to characterize the term as a common noun, not a proper noun. DCDuring TALK 20:31, 1 March 2017 (UTC)

Names of pesticidesEdit

Do you know anything about any rules behind pesticide naming? They often seem to include "element elements" (no pun intended? okay it was intended) like -phos and flu- and -chlor, but they seem somehow stylistically different from pharmaceutical drug names. I know that drugs sometimes use some very specific rules like the -mab etc. so I wonder if there is/was anything similar for -cides. Equinox 07:24, 4 March 2017 (UTC)

  • I'm not aware of anything resembling "rules", but I'll have a poke around. (sorry for the delay,I've been away) SemperBlotto (talk) 18:17, 7 March 2017 (UTC)

my user pageEdit

I have reverted your edit because it was unconstructive. If you don’t agree, please discuss it at | My wikipedia talk page

He might be more tolerant about your Wiktionary user page if there were even the slightest shred of evidence that you're actually a Wiktionary user. The fact that you can't be bothered to come back to Wiktionary to check for replies isn't promising. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:53, 11 March 2017 (UTC)

Talk Page Deletion.Edit

Hi! I was wondering why you deleted my talk page User talk:Jamesjpk saying that it was "not user talk". All I had on the page was a message saying to direct your messages onto my wikipedia talk page. Am I not supposed to do that? If I remake my talk page, should I tell them just to message there? Please let me know. Jamesjpk (talk) 19:15, 12 March 2017 (UTC)

  • You don't make your talk page. Other users make it when they talk to you. But, as you are not a Wiktionary editor, it is very unlikely that anyone would need to do that. SemperBlotto (talk) 22:09, 12 March 2017 (UTC)

deletion of "Jehovan"Edit

I was about to add an entry "Jehovan" (variant form of "Jehovian") for which I'd found citations but noticed you'd deleted that entry. Just wondering what your rationale was? Thanks! Aabull2016 (talk) 00:19, 14 March 2017 (UTC)

  • The version of Jehovan that I has deleted was a rubbish entry created by an anon. I will now create a proper entry. It also seems to be a Finnish word by the way. SemperBlotto (talk) 07:45, 14 March 2017 (UTC)
    Just found your response, thanks for the explanation! Still figuring out how to navigate user talk :P Aabull2016 (talk) 15:49, 26 March 2017 (UTC)

definitions needed for mathematics and physics termsEdit

When I got back from holiday, I noticed that you had added several hundred mathematics and physics terms with no definitions, and sometimes without even a quote. As someone who tries to keep a handle on the "definitions needed" page, this made it extremely difficult for me, and seems contrary to what I had assumed was the purpose of the "rfd" macro. Given how little was in the entries, they could be more manageably added to the requested entries list, leaving "rfd" for additional definitions of a word for which you are adding another definition. When the list of "rfd" words gets so huge, no one bothers to check the list and it does no one any good. As far as I can tell, I am the only one who tries to supply these definitions, and frankly, I am about ready to give up because the list is so huge. Kiwima (talk) 03:03, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

An interesting bit of vandalismEdit

Check out the most recent change to this page. —JohnC5 03:29, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

OMG That's so weird! — AWESOME meeos * ([nʲɪ‿nəʐɨˈmajtʲe sʲʊˈda]) 04:42, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
This was the supervandal named w:User:EddieSegoura, who was hyperactive here in 2005 and 2006. He was a fanatic about the New York subway system and he created some entries such as double crossover, diamond crossover, and scissors crossover. He tried to invent some protologisms such as "excornt" and, because we would not allow it, he went on a gigantic vandalism spree. He used the many computers at the New York public library to create numerous sockpuppets, and used myriad ways to conceal his bad entries (by adding invisible keystrokes such as a zero-width nonjoiner, or inserted Cyrillic е in place of Roman e, weird punctuation, initial word space, and so on). He impersonated many of our admins and created usernames similar to our actual names, and vandalized other wikis, leaving nasty messages seemingly signed by one or another of our admins here (including links back to our user pages). We were still discovering some of his weirdly named entries years later. w:User:EddieSegoura was globally banned until 2015, when some gullible suckers on wikipedia fell for his fake apologies and reinstated him. —Stephen (Talk) 05:43, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
Ah, and here I thought it was just funny. Should we be on the look out for this now? What are the other signs? He seems to have a propensity for Family Guy quotes. —JohnC5 05:52, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

Please delete this page:Edit


Thank you in advance! — AWESOME meeos * ([nʲɪ‿nəʐɨˈmajtʲe sʲʊˈda]) 23:58, 25 March 2017 (UTC)

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