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Use this template in an etymology section of back-formations.


unnamed parameter
This template takes one mandatory parameter, and that's the etymon; for example, {{back-form|editor|lang=en}} produces “Back-formation from editor.”.
nocap (no capitalization) and nodot (no dot)
By default, this template's output looks like a complete sentence, in that the word "Back-formation" is capitalized at the beginning and a period (full stop) appears at the end. To suppress these behaviors, the boolean options nocap and nodot exist. For example, where {{back-form|editor|lang=en}} produces “Back-formation from editor.”, {{back-form|editor|nocap=1|nodot=1|lang=en}} produces “back-formation from editor”. This is useful for prefacing and/or following the template with more explanation.
Omit the initial text altogether.
lang (language code)
Should be set to the language code; for example, {{back-form|mangeln|lang=de}}.
For non-English etyma, it's usually a good idea to provide a gloss (very brief translation); this makes the etymology easier to understand.
sc (script code) and tr (transliteration)
Use if the etymon isn't in the Latin/Roman alphabet, and the defaults do not suffice.
alt (alternate display text)
For words in some languages, we use a slightly different form for display purposes as for linking purposes; for example, for Latin entries we write "ō" to indicate a long "o", but we still use "o" in the article title (see e.g. dubito#Latin). In such cases, the article title should be passed in as the unnamed parameter, but the display-purposes form should be passed in as alt.
nocat (no category)
If the nocat parameter is set to a non-empty value, this template won't add its article to any category. (This usually should not be needed, but is added for edge cases.)