Why?????? Whenever addition data is added to expand the knowledge base, why does someone else in their wisdom (????) remove it?? The etymological roots of a word are of importance, as are any cross references to it in other languages. The wiki dictionary is not soley a tool for english language speakers, but may be an important research tool for students in other languages. The whole concept of wiki is to allow expansion of knowledge, not the restrictive editing that has taken place in the last 24 hours since I updated the entry on 22 June 2009. I accept removal of inaccurate or incorrcet material, but not the whole sale deletion of original (non copyright- at least not yet, as I have not yet finished my book on billhooks) supplementary material. If one looks at the OED alternative spelllings, etymolgical derivations, synonyms etc are all part of the definition. The addition of words in other languages (also deleted from the Wikepedia entry for Billhook) is a also a short sighted act of vandalism.... Billhook is an English word, derived from old German and closely related to the dutch word hakbijl and the german hackbeil. The billhook in the Britain itself has its origins over 2000 years ago, predating the Roman invasion. The use of the word billhook is of relatively recent usage in its history - however the word in welsh, biwlg (pronounced bilygau) or the fidba (pronounced feeva) in Gaelic may have been used in Anglo Saxon times. (Note also the Welsh for axe is bwyell (pronounced bwyeill or bwyellau) and in Gaelic it is biail (beeal) – similar in sound to bill, beil and bijl??? The shape of the billhook is not fixed - in the UK most have a concave blade, but some are straight, others are convex. Double bladed versions are also found in most regions..
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- Rfv-sense - A device used in offices for holding papers, such as bills, that are no longer needed.
- Rfv-sense - A device used in balers for hay or straw bales for knotting the string around a bale.
Neither of these senses in the OED. SemperBlotto 13:11, 23 June 2009 (UTC)
- I would love to know the name for the second thing. I own something of close to that description, that I imagined was used in a shipping room, but I don't have the owner's manual. DCDuring TALK 14:18, 23 June 2009 (UTC)