Talk:Usonian

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I may have gone overboard a bit in the examples. However, since this word is not found in many dictionaries, I thought it important to cover the breadth of usage as much as possible. Kwamikagami 23:30, 8 September 2008 (UTC)

comparable[edit]

I think our most Usonian example clearly shows that the word is comparable. There are few tokens, because the word is rare outside architectural uses, where the context of comparison is not common. Kwamikagami 22:53, 12 September 2008 (UTC)

Generally, we want to allow for comparable forms on the inflection line only if those forms are common. If you can demonstrate a pattern of comparability with mutiple quotes (put on the Citations page), then that would support your viewpoint solidly. A single instance is not always indicative of a pattern. If a pattern cannot be deomnstarted, then a comment as ====Usage notes==== under the Adjective section would be the place to note that a comparable form exists, but is not particularly common. --EncycloPetey 23:00, 12 September 2008 (UTC)

Etymology[edit]

Can this be boiled down to "{{suffix|USONA|ia}}"? I have suspicions that the "usonian song" from early 1800s is a mistake of "Ausonian song" (As Italy is the place of residence of pope Gregory). That Law was the first use in 1903 seems possible, but given the suggestion by Sergeant it would seem that there was a reasonably wide-spread use of the term at that point. Maybe we want to include the year. Do we include Esperanto cognates? Conrad.Irwin 23:45, 12 September 2008 (UTC)

I used your suffix template.
What do you mean by "include the year"? You mean include it with the citations?
I removed the Eo cognate, since we have it under translations.
'Ausonian' looks like a good deduction. Is that something we can include? Kwamikagami 06:47, 13 September 2008 (UTC)

making stuff up[edit]

Um, why are we making up passages when we have real ones available? They read like a kid's homework assignment, and don't adequately capture the word. Kwamikagami 10:39, 14 September 2008 (UTC)

pronunciation[edit]

I received this email from the OED:

"we do already have entries for both Usonian and Usonan in the 'Shorter Oxford English Dictionary', and have draft entries in preparation for these words for the full OED."

I've heard "Usonian" on US television (PBS), and it was given the pronunciation I gave it here. However, it might be a good idea to verify what the OED has; I don't have access to the SOED. Kwamikagami 22:04, 14 September 2008 (UTC)

Confirmed with the Concise OED. Kwamikagami 19:15, 21 January 2009 (UTC)