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March 2017Edit


Thank you for your work. It helps me a lot.


Hi Guys I looked you up to find out how to pronounce this word and nearly everyone and me cant read pronunciation info you show. It would be more helpful to have a audio or a phonetic version. I did not want to sound like a complete idiot when I turn up to the boat club after just buying my first boat. Like you site keep up the great work. Cheers Andre

It's pronounced "BIH-mih-nee", with the stress on the first syllable (like bicycle). — SMUconlaw (talk) 12:51, 4 March 2017 (UTC)


I'm trying to find an idiomatic phrase of the form 'keep x honest", or "keeping x honest". Unfortunately, the reason that I am trying to find it is that I'm having difficulty it defining clearly. The sense seems to be something like offering an example, or potential competition which means that 'x' has to behave in a certain (usually 'better', sometimes merely 'legal') way.

Even if I can't find it because it isn't defined here, I wasn't able to guess how to search for a phrase in such a format (with an 'x' in the phrase). (edited) Scarabocchio (talk) 17:18, 4 March 2017 (UTC)

That would be under keep one honest. I'm not sure if it deserves an entry, though. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 22:04, 4 March 2017 (UTC)
I think it would be under keep someone honest or keep honest. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 22:45, 4 March 2017 (UTC)

Help me find the meaning of the medical term homeostaius.Edit

I assume you mean homeostasis. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 22:02, 4 March 2017 (UTC)


Hello. I have left 2 comments on the word ecstasis. I do not find a definition for it spelled that way. I see it mostly spelled ekstasis.—This comment was unsigned.

As I pointed out on the talk page, your method of searching isn't very effective. There are links on the entry page itself to three major dictionaries that have definitions. You'll notice that none of them contain the actual word "definition", so they won't show up in a Google search for "ecstasis definition". Chuck Entz (talk) 22:44, 5 March 2017 (UTC)


English slang for the two words a lot

Mis-spelling rather than slang, but our entry says that doesn't it? Dbfirs 17:55, 22 April 2017 (UTC)


In ISO 80000-2-9.6 (about division) it says verbatim "The symbol ÷ should not be used."

Word of the day: intersectionalityEdit

I don't think this site should be politically charged, it is very clear the intention of whomever decided to promote this word on this particular day. Unfair!--Sigehelmus (talk) 17:21, 8 March 2017 (UTC)

This seems a bit oversensitive. — Kleio (t · c) 17:50, 8 March 2017 (UTC)


For some time now I have missed the previous format. Even though I tried, I couldn't find the dictionary and it was very frustrating. Now I see the link (that wasn't there before). I figured other people would complain, since I was too busy. What I would really like is to have the dictionary as my default with a link to Wikipedia. Since I use he dictionary much more often and it was previously linked automatically to my Apple "Dictionary" icon.

Displaying URLs that you like to use is something that your browser is supposed to do. My Firefox browser shows "Most Visited" URLs near the top left of the screen. You can also set a bookmark for Wiktionary. In the Firefox browser, press Ctrl+D when you are on a website that you want to bookmark. —Stephen (Talk) 22:06, 9 March 2017 (UTC)


I have not found this word in the dictionary; it does not exist. unsigned comment by User: 21:10, 9 March 2017 (UTC)

What dictionary are you using? It is a word. See, for example, these uses of militarian in books. —Stephen (Talk) 22:00, 9 March 2017 (UTC)
I was surprised to find that the word has not made an entry in any printed dictionary yet. I expect the OED will catch up when they get round to revising the militaria entry (last revised in 2002). Dbfirs 10:58, 14 March 2017 (UTC)

Word of the day: garden path sentenceEdit

I would have loved an example or two of this phrase. I think Virginia Woolf might have some good candidates!

There was one example in the entry, and now I see two more have been added. — Cheers, JackLee talk 21:44, 11 March 2017 (UTC)

Word of the day: thetanEdit

Really? A made up word coined by L. Ron Hubbard. Please. —This unsigned comment was added by 2602:306:8015:8e70:2c99:5f8:a353:8957 (talk).

@2602:306:8015:8e70:2c99:5f8:a353:8957: What is your objection? —Justin (koavf)TCM 05:00, 13 March 2017 (UTC)
I suspect Anon is appalled by the idea of featuring Scientology-related words in WOTD. —suzukaze (tc) 05:07, 13 March 2017 (UTC)
It's a word that appears in the OED, at any rate. — SMUconlaw (talk) 11:22, 13 March 2017 (UTC)


I wanted to understand what "dray" meant in the context of intermodal shipping. The meanings on your "dray" page didn't help. Here is the example from a booklet "Intermodal Market Trends and Future Success" by IDS Transportation Services, LLC.

A recent article in the JOC, “Drayage in the Driver’s Seat,” discusses how mega ships and steamships backing away from chassis ownership are causing dray capacity to move away from the ports and toward domestic intermodal. Dray at either origin or destination is typically where intermodal has its service issues.—This comment was unsigned.

Of course, you could have looked up drayage, which is the actual word used in the passage, but we shouldn't expect people to always think of that. I added a "Derived terms" section so that you can find drayage and drayman from the entry (neither of which have anything to do with actual drays anymore). Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:04, 17 March 2017 (UTC)
Read a little further: "dray" occurs twice in the passage ("dray capacity" and "Dray at either origin..."). Andrew Sheedy (talk) 05:08, 17 March 2017 (UTC)


Why is a question mark being used in the inflection table template to represent the illative singular, first terminative singular and first additive singular of this word when it can quite easily and predictably formed from the genitive singular stem according to the rules given in the Wikipedia article on Veps? According to rule 2 the final vowel of the genitive stem is retained if the nominative singular has two syllables each consisting of one consonant followed by one vowel. Also the vowel which occurs in the illative termination is the same as the final vowel of the genitive singular stem. Therefore the illative singular of muna will presumably be munaha. Since the first terminative is formed by adding the suffix –sai, and the first additive is formed by adding the suffix –päi, to the illative singular form, the resulting forms for these cases are presumably munahasai and munahapäi respectively, why could they not have been included in the inflection table template? I note that the illative of the personal pronouns is included in the inflection table template, so why not the illative singular of the nouns and adjectives? —This unsigned comment was added by (talk) at 01:22, 23 March 2017 (UTC).


From Old Norse mús, from Proto-Germanic *mūs, from Proto-Indo-European *muh₂s (“mosses”). Mouse is a 15th century word.

Foreign word of the day: hrstEdit

Nice to see the definitions of the foreign word of the day to be all lua errors lol--Sigehelmus (talk) 22:28, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

Indeed, I hope @Erutuon takes this as a lesson to be more careful when editing modules. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 23:07, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
It was my fault again. The problem is that there is no comprehensive set of testcases for Module:links that can be used to check for improper module errors. I guess I need to create one. — Eru·tuon 23:54, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
(I believe I was checking a set of testcases at User:Erutuon/sandbox3, but they evidently didn't include whatever was giving an error.) — Eru·tuon 23:58, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

yok Does not mean gentile - GOY means nation (gentile) Nation other than Jewish.Edit


A remember watching an old episode (maybe from w:A Pup Named Scooby-Doo or a Disney show) which featured some oafish character dropping an object after being told what it was. His excuse was ‘What? You said it was priceless!’ I could try to provide that example if you want it. -- 10:24, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

per Error found on page.Edit

I have found a webpage (Lua) error when browsing this page. It occurs whenever I reload the page in Chrome on Mac, although it seems to be a serverside error. The following image contains the backtrace which should be useful for the wiktionary developers (Hosted on Imgur).

That was due to an error that was corrected after a few minutes, but the sheer number of entries affected means it may take a while to clear. If you still see it in any entries you can click "edit", then "publish changes" without making any changes (what we call a "null edit") it should go away. Chuck Entz (talk) 13:30, 28 March 2017 (UTC)

Appendix:1000 basic English wordsEdit

This is such a cool page! https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_1000_basic_words —This unsigned comment was added by CarrieHK (talkcontribs).

@CarrieHK: Thanks, Carrie. Let me know if you need any help here. —Justin (koavf)TCM 20:18, 28 March 2017 (UTC)


Messy. --2600:8804:287:AC00:70D1:C602:39C0:777C 04:42, 29 March 2017 (UTC)

If you mean the error messages, this should be a temporary issue. I think a template is being updated by an editor. — Cheers, JackLee talk 04:48, 29 March 2017 (UTC)
I guess it's finished now, because it looks fine to me. —Stephen (Talk) 06:04, 29 March 2017 (UTC)

April 2017Edit


All languages are related. So it is not surprising that milk is called snow in another language. Both are white! —This unsigned comment was added by Torsten Schulz (talkcontribs) at 06:12, 1 April 2017‎.

Consider however the words listed at snow#Etymology 1, they are surely more closely related to snow but look nothing like s-nəw, how would you explain that? Crom daba (talk) 07:53, 1 April 2017 (UTC)
It doesn't matter, you k-nəw. Wyang (talk) 12:53, 11 April 2017 (UTC)

I before e except after c rule exceptions ....you may want to go through that list ....some are words spelled with "ie", (rather then "ei", which SHOULD be what is on list) thus, incorrectly placed on list. I stopped counting after the fourth one.Edit

They're exceptions to the rule, so they could have either ei or ie, as long as they break the rule. Equinox 21:12, 4 April 2017 (UTC)
I suppose he's talking about Category:English words not following the I before E except after C rule. —Stephen (Talk) 10:33, 5 April 2017 (UTC)

Category:Latin third conjugation verbsEdit

I just THANK YOU for this list. I LOVE it Thank you for this work! Susan Wanke


I am sorry to report but there is no audio file associated with the English pronunciation, only the German file is present. —This unsigned comment was added by (talk) at 20:14, 11 April 2017.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I've reported the problem in the Grease Pit discussion room. — SMUconlaw (talk) 12:49, 11 April 2017 (UTC)


Messy. -- 23:36, 13 April 2017 (UTC)

Indeed. I've removed the fluff. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 03:31, 14 April 2017 (UTC)

Appendix:Welsh pronunciationEdit

The only thing I do not see here is the fact that g is silent when followed by w. The name Gwilem for example is pronounced willem, and is used as an equivalent for the English William, the word for red haired is gwalltrudd and is pronounced waltruth, similar to walter. —This unsigned comment was added by 2602:306:33a0:8920:6dcd:626c:7ca2:b359 (talk) at 17:38, April 14, 2017‎.

This doesn't accord with anything I know about Welsh. As far as I know gw is pronounced /ɡw/, and under Soft Mutation it becomes w pronounced /w/, but in both cases the spelling accords with the pronunciation. @I'm so meta even this acronym, what's your experience? —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 06:59, 15 April 2017 (UTC)
@Angr: My experience is as you describe. — I.S.M.E.T.A. 23:47, 15 April 2017 (UTC)


The Italian word "soffrissero" is also the imperfect subjunctive of the verb "soffrire." Please add this definition. Thank you.


How does somebody pronounce this in English? -- 18:31, 18 April 2017 (UTC)

/ˈɡɪl.ɪs/. —Stephen (Talk) 20:48, 19 April 2017 (UTC)


I am learning Finnish and have therefore purchased a dictionary, a grammar, a primer, etc., but I think that the content on this site is more valuable than any of them. Thanks to all of you who have volunteered to edit Finnish pages!

A lot of that is due to @Hekaheka but I've done some work as well. —CodeCat 15:11, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
On this page Wiktionary:Requested_entries_(Finnish) you can post questions on specific words, and somebody might even answer them! --Hekaheka (talk) 16:24, 19 April 2017 (UTC)


the Search bar at the top should always be available, maybe in a separate frame? (everyone hates frames).

Wiktionary:Main PageEdit

  I love it, hope more pictures.

comment allez-vousEdit

Thank you, that was helpful

Appendix:Indian surnamesEdit

DASARAJU is one of the surnames

Wiktionary:Requested entries (English)Edit

Could you please create a page for Emerald Tree Boa?

It would be at emerald tree boa. Wikipedia has an article on it (Corallus caninus) at emerald tree boa, so I have no doubt it's attestable. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 21:01, 25 April 2017 (UTC)