Wiktionary:Requested entries (English)

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  • -(s) suffix used to indicate optional plurality (e.g. "noun(s)")

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Tony Thorne's Dictionary of Contemporary Slang claims that the expression comes from the adjective boyed, which in turn comes from the verb to boy [2]. (We have the verb but not the adjective.) Dbfirs 22:13, 1 December 2015 (UTC)
I feel like I've heard this before. Maybe a common misconstruction/misspelling/slang alternative of bog off? Philmonte101 (talk) 13:35, 17 July 2016 (UTC)
  • bachelor griller - OneLook - Google "bachelor griller" (BooksGroupsScholarNews Archive) — I have added an article on this at EN:WP but it could do with a DICDEF and I don't have dictionaries with me. The term seems to be at least 100 years old in UK English but seems to be uncommon in the United States. SimonTrew (talk) 09:58, 7 March 2014 (UTC)
    Contrary to the remark in the WP article, I think this may have originated as a trademark: it is nearly always found with both words capitalised. Equinox 14:32, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

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Can't find it anywhere else, though...Kiwima (talk) 18:39, 4 December 2015 (UTC)

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  • carlacue - I have found this word on the book Leaves of Grass of Walt Whitman (an estadunidense poet). The sentence is: "I know I shall not pass like a child's carlacue cut with a burnt stick at night". There is a redirection to w:Curlicue in English Wikipedia. Enough argument to make an entry for it?
No, not enough argument - the only citations I find refer to the Walt Whitman poem. Kiwima (talk) 20:35, 3 April 2017 (UTC)
Every citation for this I find uses the phrase "ctesohedonic fallacy", and every one is from Appleton's Popular Science Monthly - it looks like a protoneologism to me. Kiwima (talk) 20:33, 3 April 2017 (UTC)

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See front "face up to; confront" + up intensifier, or front up.

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See down: "With on, negative about, hostile to".

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See hot flash, hot flashes, hot flush, hot flushes. Cnilep (talk) 01:15, 10 March 2017 (UTC)

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As I read "The present and future of the Australasian colonies" (1883) from which that quote comes, the author is arguing that Australasian colonies are separate from one another, notwithstanding their relationship with Britain. In other words, since Australia and, say, New Zealand are not intestine (within a given country), a war between them would not be civil war. Cnilep (talk) 00:54, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
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  • Iron Lady - see the entry on the on-line Collins dictionary
  • improved ley - OneLook - Google "improved ley" (BooksGroupsScholarNews Archive) – something to do with agriculture: seemingly a vegetation type or a sort of pasture.
    • Example from "Hereford," in Breed Profiles Handbook:
      Hereford [cattle] prefers to graze varied unimproved pasture, in preference to an improved ley. [...] Non-fussy – willing to graze whatever is available, although will tend to select a varied herb rich sward in preference to an improved ley.
    • This seems to be a sum of parts. An improved ley is simply a ley (a field or meadow) which has been improved (artificed for agriculture). In the citation, "pasture" and "ley" are synonyms, so it refers to both improved and unimproved leys (pastures/fields). Nicole Sharp (talk) 09:44, 7 February 2017 (UTC)

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  • jiggle television (alternative form jiggle TV) - used to criticize TV shows that use young women's sexuality to appeal to their audience.

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  • Comment: Are you referring to "know everything" being used as a noun, or as a verb? Because if the possible noun (probably "know-everything") exists, then that would probably not be SoP, but the verb is just know + everything. For instance "You just act like you know everything!" Philmonte101 (talk) 13:31, 17 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Kool-Aid. Not sure if we're missing a definition, or a usage note. Terms like "pass the Kool-Aid", and "we need more Kool-Aid" both are reasonably common but are not covered by the entry we have at "drink the Kool-Aid". Often said in reponse to a silly comment from someone. How should this be worded. --Dmol (talk) 04:20, 8 July 2016 (UTC) Mmm, something like "uncritical acceptance of an ideology" (going by the drink... entry); and it's a back-formation from that phrase. Equinox 04:25, 8 July 2016 (UTC)
  • kulambu, kuzhambu: some sort of Indian curry or sauce?
  • Kum Nye
  • Kunshan, the city in Jiangsu province, China where Kunqu originated

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I am not sure, I think anecdata is a less used cognitive term to disparage significance of the idea, google news search contents validates "lived experience". There are a lots of hits at google scholar.

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Scots entry exists; is it also English, distinct from Scots? Cnilep (talk) 01:58, 8 February 2017 (UTC)
I don't know... Reading this, it seems like the term might be SOP. See Norway + model. PseudoSkull (talk) 03:08, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

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  • other duties as assigned*:
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    • in management (not sure what the purpose of this part of the entry relates to)
    • related to job description
    • I'm unclear how to 'force' it to be singular. The template is also changing assigned to assigneds
    • Here's my proposed definition: Flexible clause in job description that allows management to expand specified duties an employee is expected to perform. This is generally preferred by supervisors, and opposed by stronger unions.

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  • Saïtic - one of the branches of the Nile. Quote: Pierre Henri Larcher, William Desborough Cooley, Larcher's notes on Herodotus, 1844 : The seven mouths of the Nile then, from east to west, are the Pelusian, the Mendesian, the Bucolic, the Sebennytic, the Saïtic, the Bolbitine, and the Canopic. Such is the account of Heredotus. Other branches are the Tanitic (= Mendesian), Phatnitic, Phatnic or Phatmetic (=Bucolic), Heracleotic (=Canopic), Damietta (=Bucolic), and Rosetta (=Bolbitine).
  • same shoe - I'm told it is a fairly common idiom, basically meaning "same thing", as in: "I would not buy this book." "Same shoe." (i.e. "Me neither.")
  • shnovel - protoneologism for a novella - not enough cites Kiwima (talk) 23:12, 10 November 2016 (UTC)
  • springspotter
  • Stellæ
See stellae, stella. Cnilep (talk) 06:01, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
Apparently sutorian is a variant of sutorial. There is a plant genus Sutorious and possibly some bird species, but I can't find the word used as an adjective. Cnilep (talk) 08:18, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

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  • snoliday - the celebration held by children when school is closed resulting from a winter storm.
  • sphota: see Sphota: something in Indian linguistics, but what? - It is a word itself, an abstract sort of like a platonic ideal of a word, that is understood as a whole. However, I am not convinced this is an English word. All references I find italicize it, and usually spell it sphoṭa, not sphota. Kiwima (talk) 19:04, 21 November 2016 (UTC)
  • staff notation - Sum of parts?
  • strawmander
  • structural formant — I suspect this is not simply structural + formant

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Isn't this SOP? Kiwima (talk) 22:49, 8 December 2016 (UTC)
I can only find cites by one author (Alexander Macalister) - it seams to be some sort of sheath in the shoulder joint of an insect. Need cites by more authors. Kiwima (talk) 04:43, 4 December 2016 (UTC)
Doesn't this seem sort of SoP? (Just saying that because I also found spinning kick. Could one find the definition of this term at spinning + backfist? Philmonte101 (talk) 04:55, 1 August 2016 (UTC)
Looks SOP to me - it is a club for swingers. Kiwima (talk) 22:49, 8 December 2016 (UTC)

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I have seen the claim "some men have wombs" so that might not be a good definition??
Wombyn is both womb and woman. Thus having a womb (cisfemale or transmale) and woman (cisfemale or transfemale). The only thing in common is cisfemale
Citations somewhat hard to find because of the place. However, "Lamps set into the interspersed trunks and regular posts along the woodway showed a set of low, squat buildings with blacked-out rectangles for windows" -Ravenwood by Andrew Peters https://books.google.com/books?id=BN0unBy3YBYC&pg=PA114&dq=%22the+woodway%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiy-4rf89HSAhWn6oMKHRW3AF4QuwUIUTAJ#v=onepage&q=%22the%20woodway%22&f=false.--Simplificationalizer (talk) 21:28, 12 March 2017 (UTC)

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  • x is x, asserting the virtue of x (justice is justice, fair is fair, $20 is $20, love is love)

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