Category talk:English transliterations of Slavic languages terms

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RFDO discussion: June 2014[edit]

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All "transliterations of (family) languages terms" type categories

This means Category:English transliterations of Slavic languages terms and so on, which are maintained by {{translitcatboiler}}. This category was created by User:Kc kennylau and based on {{derivcatboiler}} but it seems like a bit of cargo cult programming, as a lot of the additional code for handling language family categories from that template was copied over without much regard for whether it was needed. I don't think these categories are useful at all. What is significant about transliterating a term from a Slavic language? It's not nearly as significant as a term derived from a Slavic language. —CodeCat 18:08, 12 June 2014 (UTC)

Substantial cleanup is needed if these are kept: several of them contain themselves (e.g. Category:English transliterations of East Slavic languages terms); they're also not fluently named (it would be better to say "English transliterations of East Slavic language terms" or "English transliterations of terms from East Slavic languages"). They also seem to not cover, or to be poised to misleadingly label, terms transliterated according to language-nonspecific schemes like ISO 9. - -sche (discuss) 19:07, 12 June 2014 (UTC)
Terms shouldn’t be defined as “a transliteration” of something. Somebody is confusing meaning and form. A term may have several spellings, and some of these spellings may correspond to transliterations, or transcriptions, or both, or neither. (“Transliteration” probably doesn’t belong in an etymology either, without documentation of a specific first use.) Michael Z. 2014-07-01 15:17 z