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August 2019Edit

ποιόςEdit

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versuchenEdit

This site is very useful for me. It is rich with info, conjugation, sound pronunciation....Many thanks!

Edit

Is there any particular reason why the symbols used are the ones that are used? I'm not sure that I see a relationship between (for instance) /w/, /ʃ/, /ʒ/ and /l/, to be honest with you. Tharthan (talk) 18:20, 6 August 2019 (UTC)

diatonicEdit

How can diatonic be comparable? —This unsigned comment was added by 81.156.63.60 (talk).

Special:SearchEdit

Just wondered if anyone has found an answer to my question about the discrepancy between the number of suffixes ending in "-ology" vs. "-ologist"?

Scott MacStravic SCotch35@gmail.com

Where did you ask this question? By the way, it's probably best to raise queries about particular words at the Tea Room. — SGconlaw (talk) 04:52, 8 August 2019 (UTC)

isinglassEdit

Isinglass was used in solution to preserve surplus fresh eggs up until at least the mid 1950's. An alternative to dried egg powder.

Yes, I can remember it being used for that purpose. Should we add to the usages in the entry? Dbfirs 11:40, 12 August 2019 (UTC)

workEdit

This page has been enough completed this moment.

It could be better though. I added some dates to the quotations to help --Gibraltar Rocks (talk) 14:27, 18 August 2019 (UTC)

Appendix:Finnish conjugation/kaivaaEdit

somehow the tables are broken... all the columns are in the first not-headlining column, the other columns are in the cell marked with a || ... as this happen to some tables and there arent any newer changes marked in the history, i guess the interpretation of the source had been changed and not checked with the finnish appendix(kotus)

It seems Template:fi-conjugation is broken somehow, I'll take a look at it. — surjection?〉 10:13, 11 August 2019 (UTC)

Special:WhatLinksHerekinshipsEdit

This is so confusing all of these once or twice removed. I always just called my grandparent, my grandparent my aunt, my aunt or great aunt, my great aunt, my cousin is my first cousin, it is my child's 2nd cousin, my first cousin's child is my second cousin, would make it my child's 3rd cousin so on an so forth when you start talking once or twice removed I am so confused I do not know if they are kin to me or not

Is it the Wikipedia appendix of Wikipedia:Kinship you are asking about? Your first cousin's child is your first cousin once removed downwards. Full first cousins have grandparents in common. Second cousins have great grandparents in common, full third cousins have great great grandparents in common, and so on. See Wikipedia:Cousin. Dbfirs 19:30, 15 August 2019 (UTC)

scrutinyEdit

The word as spoken in the audio file for the pronunciation has an extraneous syllable at the end. Perhaps someone can edit it out? —⁠173.129.198.205 07:27, 18 August 2019 (UTC)

Thanks - it sounds like the girl who recorded it was laughing at the time of recording! I've removed it, and asked for a newer version - easier than editing it, IMO. --Gibraltar Rocks (talk) 14:18, 18 August 2019 (UTC)

plaisanceEdit

1. This entry lacks a pronunciation for English. I found other websites that have audio files that pronounce it like pleasance except that the first syllable is pronounced like play. Anyone care to add a pronunciation?
2. This entry also lacks a definition for the word in (modern) French.
184.207.98.45 04:40, 20 August 2019 (UTC)

User talk:85.167.39.88Edit

Fix the word Slapper back to someone who "slaps" the bass guitar. I won't be supporting Wikipedia ever again if they don't fix this. This is NOT a meme, this is a real term. I have supported Wikipedia in the past when they asked for those smal user donations. I will not support Wikipedia any time in the future unless they fix the word Slapper back to it's real meaning. The old one is just.. Offensive, let the past be the past, and now adapt to today's words. Slapper is all about the bass guitar now. The older one is again just senseless offensive word, that barely anyone know.

Again, it's covered by the first definition "one who, or that which, slaps". — surjection?〉 11:31, 20 August 2019 (UTC)
Blackmail about ostensible donations is not how you get a word into the dictionary. Equinox 15:42, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

qualitasEdit

The page includes all I would expect from a dictionary entry for a Latin word on the internet, but still misses information about related entries. I for one would like to know if "qualitatis" was used as "of (good) quality" is used in English and, if not, what adjective held that function. Other than such minor details, the page works fine.

Word of the day: anhedonicEdit

Usher? Really? Is this a joke? —This unsigned comment was added by 213.233.150.8 (talk) at 16:11, 21 August 2019 (UTC).

Yeah! I mean, nope! It's not. —173.129.51.39 00:20, 30 August 2019 (UTC)

Lorry audio samplesEdit

Hello, I wanted to report a problem with the RP audio sample for the word "lorry", which was the word of the day for August 22, 2019. The RP audio sample clearly was not meant for the word "lorry", as it doesn't match the RP pronunciation of that word at all. It seems, at least to me, to have been intended for the word "anhedonic", which was the word of the day for August 21, 2019. I feel as though there must have been some sort of mistake, as the AU audio sample provided for the word "lorry" seemed to match the actual pronunciation of that word, but the RP audio sample does not even remotely resemble the word "lorry". —This unsigned comment was added by YES16MAN (talkcontribs) at 08:23, 22 August 2019‎.

@YES16MAN: thanks for highlighting that. It looks like a file-naming error. I’ll fix it in a few hours when I have some time. — SGconlaw (talk) 02:16, 22 August 2019 (UTC)
@YES16MAN:   Done. — SGconlaw (talk) 08:10, 22 August 2019 (UTC)

Wiktionary:Usernames and user pagesEdit

I can't my confirm password

Citations:ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagnEdit

I was looking for that phrase in the language of The Great Old Ones when I came across an old, long disused word; Esquimaux. I could have saved myself some research if I only had pronounced it... Eskimo. Well, since I had done some digging I discovered an error in Lovecraft's writing. The Eskimo have no wizards, if they had these Arctic peoples would not be Eskimo, Algonquin for "eaters of raw meat", the wizards would have taught them cookery.

September 2019Edit

fascismEdit

Definition is inconsistent with historical references such as Webster Dictionary. —This unsigned comment was added by 45.56.154.144 (talk) at 06:59, 1 September 2019 (UTC).

How so? —Justin (koavf)TCM 07:05, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
I actually agree somewhat, in the sense that the definition that we give for sense 2 seems a bit... odd, or perhaps otherwise unreasonably qualificative.
Compare:
Merriam-Webster's definition-
1. "a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition"
2. "a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control"
I would say that our second sense needs a bit of work. Tharthan (talk) 19:57, 1 September 2019 (UTC)

Search suggestionEdit

When searching for a term, perhaps it could appear in the lateral menu the language part, so we can search in Wiktionary from other languages. That's the only annoyance. Dunno if already including matches from other languages is worth the server's time, so if this doesn't happen for me it is totally ok.

French RivieraEdit

Shouldn't Wiktionary have an entry for Italian Riviera as well, since the Riviera has a French side and an Italian side? —⁠184.207.67.243 07:52, 3 September 2019 (UTC)

Wikitionary has entries for words (as you would expect in a dictionary). French and Italian are adjectives describing the noun Riviera. Wikipedia has separate entries for the two separate places, as you would expect in an encyclopaedia. I'm rather surprised that we have a sum-of-parts entry for the French place. Perhaps it's for translation purposes? (Côte d'Azur). Dbfirs 08:14, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

phrenoplegiaEdit

Do you imagine that, under "etymology" people might like to- or even expect to- see not just the roots, but also to find out what language the roots are ?

So click them. Including the whole Greek morass for every word with phreno- would be a maintenance nightmare. Equinox 08:44, 3 September 2019 (UTC)

Wiktionary:Main PageEdit

Do you offer a simplified version of your dictionary —This unsigned comment was added by 64.222.180.90 (talk) at 02:25, 4 September 2019‎.

Yes, there is a Simple English Dictionary. — SGconlaw (talk) 18:59, 3 September 2019 (UTC)

Category:Requests for definitions in Papiamentu entriesEdit

My question at the moment is, what do we do with a language that has two spellings, like Papiamento. We on Aruba spell word quite different from the people on Curaçao, but I see the 'pap' language code is already in use by the Papiamentu people.

I am working on a dictionary, and I am looking at Wiktionary as a collaboration tool. In my dictionary, all spellings are represented, so I could join this effort. On the other hand, to avoid discussion I am not really interested in at the moment, we might have to see Aruban Papiamento as a different language: there are, in fact, different governments that have issued different publications, with the status of law, about what Papiament[o,u] comprises.

Also, I have quite a number of lemmata already. Is there an api that I can use for upload?

best regards,

René Jansen, Sta Cruz, Aruba. —This unsigned comment was added by Rvjansen (talkcontribs).

@Rvjansen: This is a problem for English as well! See color/colour. Some languages have multiple writing systems (e.g. Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian). All attestable spellings are welcome. Oh, and as for uploads, do you have your data as XML? A database file? Raw text? Justin (koavf)TCM 23:00, 6 September 2019 (UTC)
Hi Justin, yes, I was amazed to see that Afghan also can be written in Cyrillic, and of course Jiddisch in Hebrew characters. I have data in Prolog relationships, can forward engineer to any schema needed. But I don't know what the schema of Wiktionary is, and I have a hard time to find it. Could I register a lect - and I hope the 'pap' code does not use that as a natural key?
Rvjansen (talk) 23:08, 6 September 2019 (UTC)
@Rvjansen: I'm sure that if you have the data available and post to Wiktionary:Grease pit, someone there can assist you in getting it into our dictionary--that would be a great addition. Just note that you should take a look at some of our guidelines and make sure that your definitions are public domain or freely licensed. I know I'd personally like to have more coverage of Papamientu since I like Dutch, English, Portuguese, and Spanish. —Justin (koavf)TCM 00:03, 7 September 2019 (UTC)
The way we normally deal with such things is to have the one language code, but use {{label|pap|Aruba}} or {{label|pap|Curaçao}} at the beginning of the definition. If the data is set up correctly in the modules, that will add something along the lines of Category:Aruban Papiamento or Category:Curaçaoan Papiamento to the page. Chuck Entz (talk) 23:54, 6 September 2019 (UTC)

DominicaEdit

I'm not very familiar with the IPA but the US pronunciation of Dominica as written in the IPA appears to put the emphasis on the third syllable, just as the UK pronunciation does (and as the intro of wikipedia:Dominica states) but it's pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable in the audio file. —⁠173.129.1.52 12:54, 7 September 2019 (UTC)

Thanks! We didn't notice that. I removed it and added a request for a new audio file! --Mélange a trois (talk) 22:06, 7 September 2019 (UTC)

understandEdit

I'm happy with how this project works. Thank you for delivering this for all of us.

physicEdit

it's very very good

Technical problemEdit

On many pages, there is a window you can open/close by pressing "show". However, sometimes it's missing for me (on the computer), and instead there is either a missing letter, or just nothing at all. Anyone else has this problem? —This unsigned comment was added by FixingThePage (talkcontribs) at 19:12, 14 September 2019‎.

Hi, @FixingThePage, this seems to be a problem affecting the entire site. I've left a message at "Wiktionary:Grease pit/2019/September#Failure of all collapsible elements"; please comment further there, indicating which browser you are using. — SGconlaw (talk) 17:07, 14 September 2019 (UTC)
Nope. This is a separate problem. See my reply at the Grease Pit. Chuck Entz (talk) 18:38, 14 September 2019 (UTC)

QuestionEdit

Hi,

Who designed your website?

Thanks,

Peter

It's been a long series of design changes by individual users. Likely the biggest change that you can see now is the Vector skin from about a decade ago and if you are editing, the VisualEditor. —Justin (koavf)TCM 22:24, 17 September 2019 (UTC)

I cannot create an accountEdit

I cannot create an account here. I wanted my character to be "Al175an", that I have at Wikipedia, but when I tried to create a name, he said it was over. Are there different names between Wikipedia and Wiktionary? I Vietnamese speaker in China, for me, please do not judge me wrong English.

If you already have a Wikipedia account, the username will be taken across all Wikimedia wikis. You can simply log in to your Wikipedia account, open Wiktionary while logged in and the account will be created for you. Alternatively log in to Wiktionary with your Wikipedia account. — surjection?〉 17:44, 18 September 2019 (UTC)

Oh yes.

@Al175an: see m:SUL for more info. —Justin (koavf)TCM 22:32, 18 September 2019 (UTC)

User talk:ScottmacstravicEdit

!-- Please type your feedback in this box directly below this comment, clicking the "Publish changes" button below when you're done. Thanks! -- Having spent most of my career working for hospitals or teaching hospital management, I am familiar with a second use of the word "admit", not as a verb, but as a noun, namely a shorthand term for "admission", e.g. "We have a new admit this afternoon", or "We've had a load of new admits this evening"; Hope you will consider adding this odd use after checking with others who have worked in U.S. hospitals. The "ad" syllable is always stressed, where the "mit" is when it is used as a verb.

Would you regard the noun as slang, jargon, or standard American English. Admit is only a verb in British English. Can you find printed usage? This practice of "nouning verbs" is becoming more common (as is verbing nouns). Dbfirs 08:07, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

ἸησοῦςEdit

in Georgian - იესო (ieso), stress on the "i" (for page: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E1%BC%B8%CE%B7%CF%83%CE%BF%E1%BF%A6%CF%82). —This unsigned comment was added by 92.241.95.129 (talk) at 09:30, 20 September 2019 (UTC).

venerealEdit

1. I hear an extraneous sound at the beginning of the included pronunciation audio file. Does anyone else?
2. Shouldn't venereal disease in the group of derived terms (and on its entry page) be tagged as dated?
184.207.218.52 02:44, 21 September 2019 (UTC)

Wiktionary:Wanted entriesEdit

I’d like the pronunciation to be given - in the usual ipa - for the Scottish Gaelic word leagh please if a volunteer can be found. How does one request pronunciations to be added in general anyway? CecilWard (talk) 13:13, 21 September 2019 (UTC)

You add a Pronunciation section (according to WT:EL), and under it, {{rfp|LANGCODE}} with the appropriate language code. For Scottish Gaelic, the code is gd, which makes {{rfp|gd}}. — surjection?〉 13:18, 21 September 2019 (UTC)

νικήτριαEdit

"νικήτρια • (nikítria) m (plural νικήτριες, masculine νικητής)

the first "m" in this line must be a "f", isn't it? "νικήτρια" is feminin —This unsigned comment was added by 178.202.125.134 (talk) at 09:56, 24 September 2019 (UTC).

Indeed, thanks for pointing it out. I've corrected it. —184.207.0.153 01:05, 27 September 2019 (UTC)

bunnetEdit

Good morning,

My girlfriend sent me the photograph of the man in the bunnet and exclaimed, "I think that's you!"

More than happy to give my consent for your site to use the image but I need to see the original photograph that was uploaded in full. Should the author of this "bit" only have uploaded what you and I see, then it will be on you to contact them.

Without providing suitable evidence to support your case that his is not me, then I'm afraid you will have to pull the pic down.

I look forward to your findings and telling my girlfriend "well done" for the spot.

Kind regards,

Cal —This unsigned comment was added by 167.98.46.42 (talk) at 15:31, 25 September 2019‎.

This is a photograph that was uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons at commons:File:Flat-cap.jpg. If you have questions about the photograph, please raise them at commons:Commons:Help desk. (I should say, though, that the copyright in a photograph generally belongs to the photographer and not to the person photographed, so in all likelihood it was entirely open to the photographer to upload the photograph to the Wikimedia Commons and make it available for use in all Wikipedia projects. Moreover, only the hat portion of the photograph was uploaded, so the wearer is not identifiable.) Thanks. — SGconlaw (talk) 08:04, 25 September 2019 (UTC)

ThanksEdit

This is a unique site in the world as a vast storage of all kind of information's where every one loves to have their important information. I love this site too much for excellent services.

Thanks lot for your service.

Special:PasswordResetEdit

Ik ben geeháckt kan er niets van maken. Pinteresr verziekt de boel

Eh, mijn oprechte deelneming? ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 12:33, 1 October 2019 (UTC)

PlutonianEdit

1. (Greek mythology, Roman mythology) Of or relating to Pluto, the Greek and Roman god of the underworld; demonic, infernal.

Demonic, infernal? Hmmm. According to Wikipedia:Pluto (mythology), "In ancient Greek religion and mythology, Pluto represents a more positive concept of the god who presides over the afterlife" (in contrast with Hades).
The article also says there are some scholars who say Pluto's Roman equivalent had a different name. —⁠184.207.65.109 02:48, 30 September 2019 (UTC)

See the quotations, and the Oxford English Dictionary: Plutonian = Plutonic. Plutonic: "Of, relating to, or suggestive of the god Pluto, or the underworld which he was believed to rule; infernal, demonic." Regardless of how things ought to be, dictionaries record how words are actually used by people. — SGconlaw (talk) 03:23, 30 September 2019 (UTC)

October 2019Edit

Word of the day: mosquito biteEdit

Extremely insulting choice of word for breast cancer awareness month. I cannot believe this was published. —This unsigned comment was added by 2003:d2:671d:99a3:53:c2c0:3512:f13b (talk) at 06:14, 2 October 2019‎ (UTC).

Today's Word of the Day is pleach. Not sure what you are referring to. — SGconlaw (talk) 07:10, 2 October 2019 (UTC)
It was the WotD on 1 October 2016 and it was noted that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S. 🤦 —⁠184.207.218.204 11:08, 2 October 2019 (UTC)
That was three years ago … not much we can do about that now. — SGconlaw (talk) 11:18, 2 October 2019 (UTC)

leblebiEdit

Is leblebis truly the plural of the English word? Or is the plural actually the same as the singular? If the plural is indeed leblebis, the photo caption should be changed to that. —⁠184.207.243.102 03:39, 7 October 2019 (UTC)

It can be uncountable ("give me some leblebi") or countable ("a leblebi; two different leblebis"); entry now fixed. Equinox 10:28, 7 October 2019 (UTC)

reunionEdit

Can someone more experienced than me in Wiktionary add a link to the lemma 'home comming'?

Gratitude in advance, SimonDeDanser (talk) 15:59, 7 October 2019 (UTC)

shoo-inEdit

This is a good wiktionary

solitoEdit

The entry "solito" in Latin does not cover the verb "solito, as, avi".

mitfahrenEdit

In all conjugations, the correct grammatical term as actually practiced is compound conjugation or compound verb. Please look it up in a dictionary if in doubt.