Talk:ace of diamonds

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No attributive use indicated. Ace of spades is an obsolete term for widow, at least according to the entry. --Hekaheka 04:56, 31 October 2009 (UTC) Add all court cards except the queen of hearts: king of hearts, king of diamonds, king of spades, king of clubs, queen of diamonds, queen of spades, queen of clubs, jack of hearts, jack of diamonds, jack of spades, jack of clubs, knave of hearts, knave of diamonds, knave of spades, knave of clubs. --Hekaheka 06:29, 31 October 2009 (UTC)

Well they're not specific entries because you can have more than one of each. So the question is are these idiomatic or indeed dictionary material. Mglovesfun (talk) 10:47, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
Strong KEEP As I read CFI, if you can find three quotes where "cards" or "pack of cards" etc is not specifically mentioned, then these entries stand. Now, we can either spend a bit of time finding the necessary 3 quotes for each playing card; or take it as read that these quotes will not be very difficult to find, simply time consuming. -- ALGRIF talk 11:22, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
One quote added which serves both a of diamonds and a of clubs -- ALGRIF talk 12:02, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
Sure there is a quote, but it refers just to ace+of+diamonds and ace+of+clubs. --Hekaheka 16:26, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
Unsure, but for now, nobody's suggested a plausible reason to delete these. Mglovesfun (talk) 14:43, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
Isn't being a SoP a plausible reason for deletion - ace + of + diamonds, what else is in it? I can find thousands of quotes for a slice of sausage where charcuterie is not mentioned. --Hekaheka 16:23, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
SoP is not a reason to delete, nor is it a reason to keep. If a term is SoP, it needs something more to make it worthwhile. In this case, ace of diamonds is a set term and it’s idiomatic. Every language has a specific term for this, and you cannot simply translate the three parts ace + of + diamonds to find out how to write it in any other language. Russian, for example, is бубновый туз ... nothing to do with diamonds. —Stephen 13:19, 2 November 2009 (UTC)
Not the same example. My wife has a bracelet with an ace of diamonds on it. Does this information tell us if she is wearing any valuable gemstones or not? -- ALGRIF talk 16:29, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
I don't get your point. I have seen an earring with a slice of orange. --Hekaheka 16:49, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
Unless you know that an ace of diamonds is a type of playing card in the first place, you would have not the slightest idea of what she was wearing. Perhaps the biggest diamond you have ever seen. An ace of diamonds. The entry is a type of playing card, just as a Ford Model T is a type of car. Just as the queen of hearts is not M.Monroe. Just as the knave of clubs is not some scoundrel who likes to do the club circuit. -- ALGRIF talk 17:16, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
Well, actually Marilyn might be called a queen of hearts. That's why I thought this entry should be kept. But I don't think we will solve this - let's get a few second opinions. --Hekaheka 18:49, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
Keep all. Since for each of these "a of b" terms, both "a" and "b" have multiple meanings, but "a of b" refers to only one of them. SemperBlotto 18:55, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
In which case, we should create two of hearts/2 of hearts, right? No reason to include only the picture cards. Mglovesfun (talk) 09:32, 2 November 2009 (UTC)
Yes. You are right. The only reason I didn't create them was that I felt I had better things to do, but it is on my "to do when you are bored" list. But the picture cards were important, as the margin for error is greater. The words ace, king, queen, jack and knave have more degrees of freedom -- ALGRIF talk 12:30, 2 November 2009 (UTC)
Then, on the other hand, ace, king etc. have been defined as having the playing card sense, and heart, spade etc. as one of the suits in a deck of playing cards. It would take some imagination to come to the misconception that "king of spades" would equal to "king of flat-bladed digging tools". If nothing else, the context should easily reveal the correct interpretation - unless someone is actually digging with a king of spades, of course. --Hekaheka 12:51, 2 November 2009 (UTC)
The problem is that you are confusing the issue because the term is very common and well-known. SB is quite right to state a principle of CFI that in "a of b" terms, where both "a" and "b" have multiple meanings, but "a of b" refers to only one of them, then the entry passes CFI. For this reason we have entries such as window frame, goal post, and a very large etc of well-known terms that could be RfD for SoP, but aren't because of the a + b rule. -- ALGRIF talk 13:50, 2 November 2009 (UTC)
Not to mention [[heart two]]. google:"diamond jack" "spade eight".​—msh210 15:22, 3 November 2009 (UTC)
My gut feeling is that they only exist for translation purposes and should probably go. If a new fifth suit were added to card games — let's call it "trowels" — then constructions like "queen of trowels", "ace of trowels" would be immediately apparent. Equinox 16:39, 3 November 2009 (UTC)
Three points; 1. I am tempted to include queen of coins simply because it exists and I suspect that you have no idea what it is, and so it would serve to knock down your strawman argument.
2. Why, oh why, do some contributors put the translation issue onto such a low level of importance. It should be right up there in the top five reasons why entries should NOT be deleted! Isn't this the English dictionary in all languages? Have you read Stephen's comments about бубновый туз above?
3. I have yet to hear anyone explain why Wikt would be better off without these entries. What are the benefits of deletion, please? -- ALGRIF talk 12:53, 4 November 2009 (UTC)
Wow, blame me for a straw man and then decide I don't know what tarot cards are? Equinox 16:05, 4 November 2009 (UTC)
True (Equinox 16:39, 3 November 2009 (UTC)). Delete.​—msh210 16:02, 5 November 2009 (UTC)
I'm not satisfied that these meet our CFI, but I'm not satisfied that they don't, either. Mglovesfun (talk) 11:59, 10 November 2009 (UTC)
  • I'm sorry, Equinox, I didn't realise that you were unaware of the meaning of strawman argument. I was in no way intending to cast aspersions. I was merely trying to point out that "queen of trowels" is a tactic to win an argument based on an example of something that does not exist. I reply with the "queen of coins" which does exist, and you kindly give me the reason why this ought to be included in Wikt. (There are many types of cards, and the queen of hearts/coins etc is not in all of them). Hence all such entries should really be included.
    To be honest, I am very disillusioned with the project as regards multiple word entries. We seem to swallow the most blatant garbage in one-word entries, and yet gag at the gnats of valuable multi-word entries which other dictionary publishers include without problem, but have to relegate them to extra volumes, because of the "paper problem". There are very respectable dictionaries out there that include multi-word entries which have been questioned or rejected by Wikt often with the comment "not in OED" or similar. (So what? It IS in Longmans and Collins and Cambridge, and etc subsidiary dictionaries). The entries are not in their main product, rather they are in such items as "Dictionary of common idioms", "Dictionary of phrasal verbs", "Language builder dictionary for learners", etc etc etc. If Wikt really sees itself as being at the cutting edge then there would be a proper addressing of this issue, instead of the pointless merry-go-round of RfD and RfV forums, which produce no consensus and no change to CFI. What we need is another forum dedicated to marking the limiting lines on the basis of decisions reached in RfD and RfV, a kind of "case law" place which could perhaps reduce the huge amount of time wasted in going over and over the same old ground to no real end in the other forums. IMHO. ALGRIF talk 12:44, 10 November 2009 (UTC)
  • I do know what "straw man" means. My reply meant that your theoretical "Equinox who doesn't know what a tarot card is" is something that does not exist, so you were committing the exact same fallacy yourself. Equinox 00:16, 15 November 2009 (UTC)
Very weak keep per SemperBlotto, yes, WT:CFI does say that. Mglovesfun (talk) 12:26, 23 November 2009 (UTC)

Kept consensus. Mglovesfun (talk) 11:30, 14 January 2010 (UTC)