User:The Editor's Apprentice

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en-US This user is a native speaker of American English.
es-2 Esta persona tiene un conocimiento intermedio del español.
zh-1 这位用户的中文达到初级水平

Deva-1
This user has a basic understanding of Devanagari.
/ʑ/
IPA-2
This user has an intermediate understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet.
{{t}}-2 This user can use wiki templates with ease, and can write some simple ones.
lua-1 This user has basic knowledge of Luba-Lulua.
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Hello and welcome to my user page! I have been an editor on English Wiktionary since 2017, as well as an English Wikipedia editor since 2014, and I am still learning! Feel free to contact me on my talk page if I've made a mistake, if you have any questions, or if you just wanna chat! Following this introduction is a set of information and links which I generally find useful to have easily accessible to myself and which may also be helpful to you.

I test things out in my first and second sandbox, all my edits on Wiktionary can be found in my edit history, a comprehensive analysis of my edits can be found at my user stats page, and a record of the abuse filters I've triggered can be found in the abuse filter log. I have a lot of ideas, but am not so quick to implement them, so I keep track of them in my to do list, which is one of my many subpages. If any of the things on my to do list interest you, you are welcome to go ahead and do them. I'd be interested to hear about your process of creating any new entries on the list.

I am a native English speaker with a dialect and accent generally characteristic of the Northwestern US. You can see some notes on particular features of my accent below. I've had little exposure to other languages beyond a few years of Spanish and some Mandarin Chinese.


Quick reference[edit]

None of the following reference information may be official or up to date! Please take all of it with a bit of common sense, and maybe even caution, especially don't take it as fact or as representing consensus!

Policies and key think tanks[edit]

Criteria for inclusion Quotations
Idioms that survived RFD Deletion guidelines
Entry layout Neutral point of view
Blocking policy Language specific considerations
Redirects Bots
English entry guidelines

Discussing changes[edit]

Planned, running, and recent votes [edit this list]
(see also: timeline, policy)
EndsTitleStatus/Votes
Jun 9FaCIAbook validationno consensus
Jun 10elfism validationpassed
Jun 11melanoheliophobia validationpassed
Jun 11sin flattening validationno consensus
Jun 11troid validationfailed
Jun 25creeper validationno consensus
Jul 19Attestation criteria for derogatory termsSymbol support vote.svg11 Symbol oppose vote.svg9 Symbol abstain vote.svg1
Jul 20Disallowing typos as misspelling entriesSymbol support vote.svg12 Symbol oppose vote.svg2 Symbol abstain vote.svg1
(=8)[Wiktionary:Table of votes](=112)
  • What is my level of knowledge on the subject?
    • I need to learn from others/get their opinions.
      • Have previous discussions this subject occurred and reached clear consensus?
        • Yes. I will read them until I feel confident on the subject and to act independently.
        • No. I need to start a new discussion in a discussion room or wait until consensus might be reached at a later time
    • I feel very confident on this subject, am personally familiar with it, and am competent at acting independently.
      • Do rules and policy require that I have consensus from others before acting?
        • Yes. I will start a discussion at the relevant request page.
        • No. I will act.

Discussion rooms[edit]

    • Information desk (new): general questions, minor problems, specific requests for information or assistance.
    • Tea room (new): questions and discussions about specific words.
    • Etymology scriptorium (new): questions and discussions about etymology.
    • Beer parlour (new): policy discussions and proposals, requests for permissions, and major announcements.
    • Grease pit (new): technical questions, requests, and discussions.

Request pages[edit]

Reference for term relationships and related[edit]

  • Hypernyms: Terms that directly encompass and are broader than the reference term.
  • Hyponyms: Terms that are directly encompassed by and more specific the reference term.
  • Meronyms: Terms that refer to parts of the reference thing.
  • Holonyms: Terms that refer to things that the reference thing is a part of.
  • Troponyms: Verbs that are more specific than the verb in question.
  • Coordinate terms: Terms that share a direct hypernym or multiple independent hypernyms with the reference term.
  • Related terms: Terms etymologically related to the reference term.
  • See also: Terms otherwise semantically related to the reference term. Non-entry dictionary pages, such appendices and categories, can also be listed here.
  • Further reading: Links to external sites, including sister Wikimedia projects.

Common setup[edit]

The following is a page creation input box intended to be used to make new entries more quickly. It begins editing the page with the inputted name and preloads the page's contents with those of my common setup source subpage and displays an edit intro with the contents of my edit intro subpage. Interactive documentation also exists at my common setup interactive page.


Evaluating etymologies[edit]

The following ratings are based on those described on Werdna Yrneh Yarg's user page.

  • [0] = Absolutely not - Only even noted for folk etymologies
  • [1] = Exceedingly unlikely
  • [2] = Very dubious
  • [3] = Questionable / Suggested, but lacking clear/attested supporting evidence
  • [4] = Possible
  • [5] = Probable
  • [6] = Likely
  • [7] = Most likely, *Unattested, Ostensibly, Apparently
  • [8] = Attested
  • [9] = Obvious - only for connections within a lect or language community

Details to consider of etymons to consider:

  • Similarity in meaning
  • Existence of others terms in the reference language with a similar meaning to the reference term
  • Similarity in pronunciation
  • Level of contact between language communities
  • Existence of other terms in the reference language with a similar etymology
  • Proposed time period of the development
  • Early attestation of the reference term
  • Confidence in specific etymon
  • Attestation of proposed etymon
  • For specific origin claims, how straightforward is the etymology so that the reference term might have other parallel or antedating sources?

Accepted labels[edit]

Language and family codes[edit]

Top-level categories[edit]

Standard voting and discussion responses[edit]

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support
    Symbol strong support vote.svg Strong support
    GA candidate.svg Weak support
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Keep
    Symbol speedy keep.svg Speedy keep
    Symbol keep vote.svg Weak keep
  • Symbol redirect vote.svg Restore
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Agree
  • ✓ Done
  • Yes check.svg Resolved
  • yellow check.svg Half done
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment
  • Pictogram voting info.svg Info
  • Pictogram voting question-blue.svg Request
  • Pictogram-voting question.svg Question
  • Symbol unsupport vote.svg I withdraw my support
  • Pictogram voting delete.svg I withdraw my nomination
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose
    Symbol oppose vote oversat.svg Strong oppose
    BA candidate.svg Weak oppose
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Delist
  • Symbol redirect vote.svg Delist and replace
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Delete
    Symbol speedy delete vote.svg Speedy delete
    Symbol delete vote.svg Weak delete
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Disagree
  • X mark.svg Not done
  • Symbol neutral vote.svg Neutral
  • Time2wait.svg On hold
  • Symbol abstain vote.svg Abstain
  • Thumbs-up-icon.svg Great

Accent characteristics[edit]

  • Inside words, it is not uncommon for me to realize /t/ and /d/ as [ɾ] (as in ladder/latter) or less commonly [ʔ] (as in button).
  • At the end of words, instances of /t/ are often realized as [ʔ], such as in wont and combat.
  • caught and cot are homophones.
  • I frequently realize the cluster ⟨ing⟩, or homophones, as /iŋ/. Examples are thing and ink.
  • It is not uncommon for me to realize the cluster ⟨ing⟩ at the end of present participles as /ɪn/, especially in casual or quick speech. The standard representation of this is ⟨in'⟩.
  • The term pure is often realized [pçɪɹ], similarly to pier and peer, which are [pɪɹ]. A similar thing sometimes happens with cure, realized [kçɪɹ].
  • The vowel /æ/ is raised in environments typical of the Western US, such as before /ŋ/ as well as before /n/ and /m/.
  • The vowels /ə/ and /ʌ/ as well as /ɝ/ and /ɚ/ are not actually produced differently. See [1] and Appendix:English pronunciation#cite note-North American er-12.
  • I have trouble distinguishing colt from cult, they may even be homophones for me.