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Names and attributes must be accommodated to the essence of things, and not the essence to the names, since things come first and names afterwards.
— Galileo Galilei
Notwithstanding their influence, we apprehend, however, that dictionary-makers are on the whole an oppressed race, doomed to more than their due share of obscure drudgery. […] They may have had their romance at home — may have been crossed in love, and thence driven to dictionarying; may have been involved in domestic tragedies — who can say?
— 1864, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (volume 96), uncredited author
[T]he maximum number of revisions an author made is 237,600 for the English Wiktionary (user "Equinox") […] As an anonymous reviewer points out, this "sounds as[sic] an incredibly high number of revisions for one single user".
— 2016, Wolfer & Müller-Spitzer, How Many People Constitute a Crowd and What Do They Do?
Words, words, words, words! You may as well listen to the birds.
— 2000, Coil
Hi. I've been on Wiktionary since mid-2008. I was born in 1980, live in England, and work in software development. I have an HND in Applied Computing and a BA in English Language.
My main interest is adding missing English words. I seem to have done rather a lot of this. In particular, I have added the missing material from Webster's 1913 dictionary (which has about 80,000 entries) and Chambers 1908; created thousands of entries from lists of scientific terms, such as minerals, soil types, organic compounds, and pharmaceutical drugs; originated Appendix:Unicode (I fear I have birthed a terrible emoji monster); and added various words that I encounter in books, newspapers, and everyday life.
I like super-specialised senses of otherwise ordinary words (tick, policeman), proper tagging (this means "don't add rare slang like it's normal stuff your grandmother says"), and words beginning with x. I don't like blind prescriptivism, made-up phobias, folk etymologies, or "the agenda". (Are you thinking "this word needs to be defined", or "this viewpoint [Anglo-Saxonism, 'pure' Latin, identity politics...] needs to be propagated"?)
I'm on Wikipedia too, where I mostly make a fuck of a fuss about commas.
Individual words to consider
- actisign aerosoling Africoid agglomerin almighties Angloid anteventral antiaccelerator(s) antibioticogram anticonvertin antiflapping antiaccelerator antitwist apocarotenol(s) aporrhea aurilide auteured autometamorphic aviculoid
- baccharane basalar benzannelated,bisbenzannelated biamperometry biologistical bipotentiometry bivagotomy
- cadalin (WP says alt form of cadalene?) choai/spondai cladosiphonic clawfish codynamic comap(s) coperfect counterworld cribriporal cyperane cytomicrosome
- diaconals downkeying drywell/wetwell
- effectivize/effectivization (sth about math proofs) eotechnic (cf. neotechnic)
- famisign florideous frange* fusioning futuritive
- gagemeter genorheitron gonidangium gonocyst griseorhodin(s) groundfield
- harmonicals hexaaquacopper heteromyarian highracer/lowracer histial hosenkol hosenkoside hypermodulation hyperphantasia hyperphoric(s) hyperschema hypocystal
- macroid/microid (see pisoid) megamodel (not fashion) melopoeia* (in poetry) meristogenetic meristogenous metatexite microshear microfusion*,macrofusion (sth in Intel processors?) misgating (noun, electronics)
- (odso, rivo*: old or obscure interjections) onflow outpocketing(s) overnegation oxyhexaster
- palatinepterygoid paracritical parapoetics parapreventive parasutural paratherapeutic paratherapy Parkerian/Parkeresque/Parkerism (related to transcendentalism?) partricin patchbay pelmatozoic pelorine performatism pericingulum/pericingular/pericingulate phanopoeia photophagotroph photophagotrophy phyllosiphonic plumoreticulate poikilothymia poststack potisign preblockade presegment(s) prewarp (not Star Trek!) proairesis proterobase pseudosite pushload
- radiorelay radiothermal radiothermic rightmaking/wrongmaking
- sacropexy santalane saxifragoid(s) shionane skeletoid solus*/semisolus spheraster spirovetivane suberyl supergreenhouse (~ effect, ~ gases) superlevel*,superline* (in astronomy) super-Locrian superquantum synecthran syngenesioplastic synharmony
- thetanullwerte thujopsane
- undercoded upkeying upperstocks
- IRC jargon: AOP*, SOP*
- Singlish particles: ah, hah, hor, lah, leh, lor, mah, meh, ya
- Soil science: entic epieutric eutric fractiplinthic fragic gelic* greyic hyperalic hyperdystric hypersalic isohumisol lamellic leptic lutic manganiferric oxyaquic perudic petroduric petroferric pisoplinthic placic redoxic rendzic ruptic sabric salic sombric terric turbic vertic vitron*
- Qualifications: MChem, MEnvSci, MMath, MMet, MPharm, MPhys; see also Oxford's 
- Jobs in tinplate manufacturing: branding boy (also branning boy?), counter, duster, hooker (also a reaper, outside of tinplate sense), list boy/lister, riser, rubber, scaler, scourer, striker
- Types of motorbike? (cf. flathead): knucklehead, panhead, shovelhead, sportster
- crossing (something in sociolinguistics)
- fagotings / faggotings
- feerings: sth in agriculture, perh related to a furrow
- lampings: apparently related to light fittings
- scarfing, scarfings: some kind of timber in a ship; compare scarf, but unclear
- soppings: OK, sense not totally clear
- waygoings -- OK but unsure of meaning
Possible problem entries
- Alternativism: investigate
- Fortune 500: misplaced cites
- groundly: check all citations
- Hang: awful def, and check the weird plural
- harvest: check pagan sense
- headhair: not a "normal" word; also linked to
- highpriesthood, highpriestship: dubious forms without hyphen
- informationism: dodgy senses especially #4
- little boys room, little girls room: bad head? and apostrophe issue
- maidenhair: not a normal word, sort out pubic sense
- mammalogy, mammology: I think there is a mistake
- mother-out-law: check this whole set
- netherhair: awful, not a word anyone uses; netherlips: CRAP? — BUT nethermouth (Fanny Hill etc.?)
- nutting: check lemma vs. -ing form
- ruinism: check citations, wrong senses?
- sideling: is suspect; check OED?
- supposed: adjective needs work
- underlook: many different senses; needs attention
Other places to get words
- Wiktionary:Requested entries (English)
- Wiktionary:List of languages (language names)
- User:DTLHS#words: currently the best place for scientific red links
- Neume: lots of terms for obsolete music notation
- Attitude (heraldry)
- Boontling jargon
- Glossary of classical algebraic geometry (todo: I thru W)
- Glossary of architecture
- Glossary of botanical terms
- Glossary of comics terminology
- Glossary of contract bridge terms (continue from book)
- Glossary of firefighting
- Glossary of graph theory terms
- Glossary of gymnastics terms
- Glossary of ice hockey terms
- Glossary of motorsport terms
- Glossary of North American horse racing
- Glossary of professional wrestling terms
- Glossary of underwater diving terminology
- Gamelan gong kebyar
- Dictionary of occupational terms: 
- List of Anglo-Cornish words
- List of English words of Turkic origin
- List of Indian breads
- Egyptian units of measurement
- Eton College glossary  (copyrighted)
- Terms from basketry  (copyrighted): slath, soumak etc.
- List of diseases
- Multiservice tactical brevity code
- Medical slang
- Surrealist techniques
- ASBP Scrabble words:  (copyrighted)
- Eye surgery: lots of technical terms here.
- Horse jumping obstacles: e.g. coffin, bullfinch.
- List of optical illusions
- List of cocktails
- List of MeSH codes: links to thousands of scientific words
- Morphology of Diptera: many parts of fly anatomy (see labelled diagrams)
- South African English:  (copyrighted)
- Many organic compounds in Cystophora retroflexa: 
- Missing words from major dictionaries
- Missing words used in Wiktionary
- Get a random transwiki word or phrase (learn more)
- Antarctic slang:  (copyrighted)
- Terms in wine-tasting:  (copyrighted)
- Some good anatomical terms here:  (copyrighted)
- Singlish:  (copyrighted)
- Appendix:Christian figures of speech
Features I would like to have
- Some kind of high-level platform-agnostic API that exposes the dictionary as objects (if only a collection of subheadings), not raw text.
- Standardisation of how templates work. Also, general accountability for templates, including pre-rollout consultation, testing, and backward-compatibility.
- Fix the dumb issue where various plug-ins load sequentially and stuff keeps jumping around so you can't click it.
- I am starting to think that the main editor problem we have is a lack of context, or myopia: people have very narrow interests (like they only know and care about Pokémon, or Middle English) and are unable to situate their interest in the wider world. This is why the glosses like rare, slang, obsolete sometimes go neglected. The best solution is to read as much as you can from all possible eras.
- I disagree with listing comparative/superlatives that consist of "more" and "most". Virtually any adjective can take these if the author wishes it, and it encourages editors to find weird fringe examples to substantiate their existence.
- We should get rid of (or drastically cut down) the misspelling entries. They are way out of control.
- Having separate alt-form pages for variants that differ only by case (Bloggs' disease, Bloggs' Disease) is somehow aesthetically displeasing. Furthermore, we should not have separate pages for titles like Admiral and Dame; just explain the usage at the normal form. You can see why the capped forms are stupid entries because people are hesitant about whether there is a plural. See also Talk:New: it isn't a separate word just because of New York.
- We shouldn't have entries for X noun meaning "something X made", like Van Gogh or Picasso, nor proper nouns for famous people with a surname, like Dickens defined as "Charles Dickens, author" (that's for Wikipedia).
- I sometimes think that every word in a definition should be a link. Perhaps it could be done in a subtler way, like allowing right-click and "look up this word" anywhere. Sneaky bonus: editors don't have to bother deciding where and how to insert square brackets.
- An inherent problem with wikis is that work can be removed wrongly and forgotten about. We do have a very good history system but it only takes one mis-patrolled naive edit to turn a good entry to a shit one that might last for decades.
- Inclusivity initiatives can be damaging. We don't want to bite newbies but it is also harmful, and wastes volunteer time, if we have to babysit editors who just aren't any good at the work.