Category talk:English compound words

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Category:English compound words [edit]

There are eleven member of this category. I will shortly have made sure that those eleven use the etymology template {{compound}}. If this category is useful then that template should automatically place entries in this category. If it is not useful, it should be deleted. As part of the deliberations, we should considered that not every compound is well served by the template (though I can't think of an example right off the top of my head. DCDuring TALK 20:14, 28 June 2009 (UTC)

I don;t see any harm in the template, and would favor adding the categorization. The template parallels {{suffix}} and {{prefix}}, and having all three work similarly is a GoodThingTM. --EncycloPetey 20:27, 28 June 2009 (UTC)
Does this category have a name of the right form for long-term use (only an issue for cases not served by the template)? Three of the entries in this category were like orange juice, which we don't call a compound. One was better treated as prefixed: undergarment. DCDuring TALK 20:43, 28 June 2009 (UTC)
I think so, but it wouln't hurt to have introductory text explaining the difference. I consider the category suited for words formed from the complete joining of two (or more?) separate words, like cowboy, butterknife, etc. The word undergarment was properly categorized, in my mind, since under is a separate word in its own right. Consider underling and underneath. Neither of these could be claimed to come from prefixing under- to an existing word unless some radical contraction or loss occurred. --EncycloPetey 20:57, 28 June 2009 (UTC)
I also think that categorization is important. I created Category:Hungarian compound words because I wanted to follow the English category name and I also created {{hu-compound}} and added the categorization function. There will be subcategories eventually because there are different types of compound words. --Panda10 01:40, 29 June 2009 (UTC)
Keep. If the template is used correctly the category will work and be useful. As editors, it's our job to make it work. Mglovesfun (talk) 15:49, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
Keep. I have requested that template {{compound}} be modified in accordance with this discussion. DCDuring TALK 02:49, 2 July 2009 (UTC)
(Unindent) I have added the categorization to the {{compound}} template, which resulted in the population of Category:English compound words. The category needs cleanup, as it contains many Finnish, Hungarian and Norwegian terms. --Dan Polansky 11:26, 5 August 2009 (UTC)
Now almost completely cleaned up and working as it probably should. DCDuring TALK 19:57, 8 August 2009 (UTC)