User talk:Gregcaletta

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Using the "show preview" button before "save page" will save the system lots of edits to log. Here is our standard welcome. SemperBlotto 10:31, 31 August 2008 (UTC)


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The assumption on your part appears to be a desirable characteristic of definitions is simplicity OR a desirable characteristic is complexity, reducing the options to this false dichotomy.

A definition which uses no unnecessary words is, in one view, simple. The words used may not be the most common, or the most widely understood, yet they fully express the meanings and implications of the term or phrase defined.

A definition which uses common and widely understood words yet complex phrasing and punctuation is, still, simple in one view. So long as it expresses all the relevant meaning and nuance it is nearly as desirable as a concise one, though writing a complete word sense with common terms which is also structurally simple would be even better.

Simple and simplistic mean the same, with the latter also implying - pejoratively - 'simpler than is best'. One of those shades of meaning which might be difficult to express in the simplest of terms. - Amgine/talk 05:03, 20 July 2009 (UTC)


Hello Gregcaletta -- Right you are about this. I'm glad one of us is awake. Thanks. -- WikiPedant 04:39, 28 August 2009 (UTC)


you added conciousness of conciousness!

also you quoted Eckhart Tolle.


Would you add a Babel template to your user page? See {{Babel}}. --Dan Polansky 21:28, 22 April 2010 (UTC)

Done. Gregcaletta 00:41, 24 April 2010 (UTC)


I find no evidence that this word meant "addict". --EncycloPetey 02:59, 6 September 2011 (UTC)

OK. The word "glutton" is fairly archaic, so we need a more modern equivalent. For example, "helluo librorum" has traditionally been translated as "book glutton", but that sounds archaic now, so a better translation would be "book addict". Also "glutton" refers mainly to food, and the term "helluo librorum" shows that "helluo" refers to consuming or using other things too. The etymology for glutton implies that the term in Latin for "glutton" when referring specifically to food was gluto, glutonis. "Addict" is not perfect, so if you can find a better one that would be great. Can you find evidence that it means "squanderer"? I'm pretty sure it doesn't mean that. To "squander" is to waste, often by not consuming, rather than to consume. Thanks. Gregcaletta 11:50, 6 September 2011 (UTC)


English definition lines are expected to begin with a capital letter. Separate meanings should be kept on separate lines. --EncycloPetey 02:59, 6 September 2011 (UTC)

Can you show me where the policy is on the capital letters? It looks silly. Capitals and full stops are to mark the beginning and ending of full sentences, so makes so sense in a definition. The separate meanings on separate lines thing I get. Gregcaletta 11:45, 6 September 2011 (UTC)
Wiktionary:Entry layout explained is generally considered a policy document. It reads, in part:
Each definition may be treated as a sentence: beginning with a capital letter and ending with a full stop.
Note the "may" (not "must"). However, it is definitely the accepted practice here that all definitions do start with a capital letter. (Periods (full stops) at the end are, so far, a subject of personal preference, though at some point IMO we should pin that down one way or the other.) The exception is such definitions as are simply a list of translations into English (for foreign words) or (for English words) are a list of synonyms. (The latter type of definition is no good generally, but occasionally is the best way to define something.) That type of definition doesn't get sentence-capitalization, or at least most people don't capitalize them.​—msh210 (talk) 14:26, 6 September 2011 (UTC)
Is there any way to get that practise changed so that it becomes standard to have no capital letter and no full stop? It looks better to me. I might be in the the minority there, but I'd be happy if the suggestion for a policy change is at least considered. Gregcaletta 00:11, 7 September 2011 (UTC)

Downcasing definitions[edit]

I ask you to stop downcasing definitions. There is no community consensus in favor of lowercase definitions. Reference: diff. --Dan Polansky (talk) 19:58, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

Using preview function and reducing number of subsequent edits[edit]

Can you reduce the number of subsequent edits to one entry, with the help of preview function? In employ, you have made 9 edits within 11 minutes. --Dan Polansky (talk) 20:02, 16 February 2013 (UTC)