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Japanese etymologies[edit]

Hello, I reverted your etymology at 業火, as it was just plain wrong. You had given the etymology (the source and history of the term) as a compound coined in Japanese. However, most (perhaps almost all?) Japanese Buddhist terms, 業火 included, come out of Middle Chinese (language code ltc), as they entered the Japanese language as kanji compounds from the Buddhist sutras that had been translated into Chinese. Some Buddhist terms can also be traced back to the originating Sanskrit (sa) or Pali (pi), such as (​butsu) or 仏陀 (​budda, ​butsuda).

Please only add etymologies for Japanese (or, indeed, terms in any language) if you have reliable sources. ‑‑ Eiríkr Útlendi │ Tala við mig 17:59, 17 August 2013 (UTC)


Hello, you clearly didn't read and/or understand my previous note above about etymologies. I've just reverted your wholly incorrect etymology at 聖火, and I've blocked you for a few days in an attempt at 1) getting your attention, and 2) limiting the amount of cleanup required.

Do not add Japanese etymologies for terms you don't know. Do not add Japanese etymologies for terms that you have not researched. Do not add Japanese etymologies for terms unless you have a dictionary in front of you that clearly explains that etymology.

I'm guessing you're the same anon from many times previously, as those IPs generally start with 151.224. If so, and even if not, I very much appreciate your interest and passion for the Wiktionary project. At the same time, I am deeply saddened that your efforts are so often incorrect. I sincerely look forward to the days when you take your time, research your terms adequately, and enter correct information here.

Kind regards,

‑‑ Eiríkr Útlendi │ Tala við mig 16:45, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

I am in the wrong -- your edit to 聖火 was a couple days ago, before I wrote the previous post about etymologies. I apologize, and I have unblocked you. ‑‑ Eiríkr Útlendi │ Tala við mig 16:51, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

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