Wiktionary talk:Glossary

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Since Wiktionary:Abbreviation insists there are only four abbreviations used throughout Wiktionary, I thought we'd better have another page for all those other terms that just look like abbreviations, and are used within Wiktionary! :-)
Plus a few other Words/Terms that might need some explanation for novice dictionary builders, and defintion, for helping to standardise usage in Wiktionary.
I'd be happy to merge it in some way with Wiktionary:Abbreviation, though possibly both pages have their place.--Richardb 12:49, 7 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Please to not add to this Glossary. It is being incorporated into other parts of Wiktionary. --Stranger 16:06, 1 September 2005 (UTC)

My hope was that this could be replaced by a category: {wjargon}, so that it would be maintenance-free and automatic. --Stranger 12:22, 10 October 2005 (UTC)

The page Wiktionary:Abbreviation has been deprecated and the contents moved into the Glossary page. Eclecticology 20:56, 24 December 2005 (UTC)

Line format[edit]

There are a number of difference line formats in the glossary, could these be standardised? Examples:

  • c. = circa or about - often used in quotations.
  • c : common (in word genders)
  • en - English

I suggest that the headword be in bold (to stand out), only in italics when the original (eg c is. And that they are separated from their definition by a n-dash, thus:


Saltmarsh 11:03, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

Sounds good to me. Paul Willocx 11:09, 15 February 2007 (UTC)
I agree —This unsigned comment was added by Enginear (talkcontribs) 12:04, 15 February 2007 (UTC).
Sounds good, except — you say "n-dash", but your examples use hyphens. (En dash: –; hyphen: -.) Which did you mean? —RuakhTALK 19:14, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

Transliteration is not phonetic[edit]

Transliteration involves replacing letters (or letter sequences) in one script with letters (or letter sequences) deemed "equivalent" in another. The main motivation for deciding that two letters (or letter sequences) are equivalent is that they make roughly the same sound; but once this decision has been made, phonetics exits the picture.

The phonetics-oriented alternative to transliteration is transcription, which replaces sounds (or sound sequences) with letters (or letter sequences) in a script.

RuakhTALK 17:47, 21 February 2007 (UTC)

Abbreviations for specific users[edit]

Does anyone else think that these should be removed from the glossary? --Yair rand 18:18, 13 April 2010 (UTC)