Talk:snake

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ερπετόν, όφις[edit]

Ancient Greek seems to be missing its rough breathing judging by the transliteration. — Hippietrail 14:18, 21 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Yes, there should be a rough-breathing mark on the initial ‛ε of ‛ερπετόν, and there should be a smooth-breathing mark on the initial ’ό of ’όφις. I don't have Ancient Greek on my computer, so I can't type or see the breathing marks. I believe that ‛ε is Unicode 1F11, and that ’ό is Unicode 1F44.
--Stephen 16:11, 21 Sep 2004 (UTC)
Okay I've added the psili and dasia and converted the acutes to oxia. You should put a note if you add translations without 100% correct spelling so we can fix them. Thanks. — Hippietrail 07:39, 22 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Reply to Hippietrail[edit]

Yes, I should have included a note with that one. Ordinarily I wouldn't have made an entry such as that at all, but it was already there...I just added the Greek script to an existing entry. I figured that whoever originally included "herpetos" didn't think it was very important to show it in the Greek script, but I thought it was important (because of the two different Greek e's and the two Greek o's). Later, after I stopped to think about it, the word "herpetos" didn't seem correct to me, so I looked it up. Whoever it was that made the original entry had simply copied and pasted from one of several Internet sites that had it incorrectly. --Stephen 08:10, 22 Sep 2004 (UTC)

That's great! It's exactly how Wiktionary is supposed to work. People add what they know, people who know more or know just some missing bits come along and improve it. I hope you can keep doing this! — Hippietrail 02:04, 23 Sep 2004 (UTC)

The etymology given here is contradictory to the etymology at thnegël.[edit]

129.78.32.22 23:05, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Possible missing sense[edit]

"Most archives have snakes (mid-weight chains wrapped in soft cotton), and stands (so that materials can be held open at less than 180°). Ask for both. Use both." [1]