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Again, welcome! bd2412 T 02:22, 10 August 2016 (UTC)

Initialism[edit]

Just to note, "initialism" as a part of speech is deprecated, in favour of the actual part of speech. —CodeCat 01:35, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

  • I was using an existing entry as a model. I assume that would be a proper noun, then? bd2412 T 01:36, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
    • I think so, yes. It's deprecated, but we still have existing entries that use it ("abbreviation" and "acronym" are also deprecated). They're being converted as people find them, but it's a slow process. —CodeCat 01:38, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
      • Can't we get a bot list of entries containing the header, "Initialism"? bd2412 T 01:56, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
        • Most likely, there already is one. You could ask at WT:ID if someone can point you to one. —CodeCat 02:32, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
      • Category:English initialisms has more than 5,000 of them. This search finds nearly 11,000, some overlapping with the category and some being spurious. DCDuring TALK 03:16, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
        • Hooboy. bd2412 T 03:20, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
          • I am very strongly tempted to piss everyone off by converting them all to proper nouns! haw. Equinox 03:22, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
            • Just looking at AAA, at least some of them appear to be adjectives (e.g. "Awaiting aircraft availability"). bd2412 T 03:23, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
              • If we want to fix these systematically, it's probably less soul-crushing to start with the small easy ones, rather than the lists of 20 possible expansions. Perhaps get a list of initialism sorted by number of sense lines? (Remember, too, that we have other initialism-esque headers like Acronym and Abbreviation.) I could make a tool to help but I have 50 other things I want to do first. Equinox 03:28, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
                • I actually tend to prefer to tackle the hardest cases first. bd2412 T 03:29, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
                  • You must be one hell of a lawyer :) Equinox 03:30, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

Deletion request[edit]

Can you please re-delete one hundred and eleven? It failed RFD but an anon recreated it again. --Dan Polansky (talk) 09:38, 12 November 2016 (UTC)

Done, cheers! bd2412 T 02:46, 13 November 2016 (UTC)

Homophones in variation appendices?[edit]

Hello! I notice that in appendices like this one or this one, there is a list titled "homophones" that contains various words that are vaguely similar in spelling. Is this some specialized meaning of "homophone"?__Gamren (talk) 14:20, 14 December 2016 (UTC)

  • Homophones are words that are pronounced the same as some form of the variation term. bd2412 T 14:23, 14 December 2016 (UTC)
I'm sorry, I'm not sure I understand. Do you mean that an entry A should be considered a homophone on Appendix:Variations of "B" iff, in some language, the word A is homophonic with any of the words that are considered "variations" of B (for some rules that I cannot seem to find)? 'Cause that seems silly.__Gamren (talk) 16:29, 14 December 2016 (UTC)
I don't know that we have written rules for these; they have always just been done this way, but the homophone variations are generally the common examples. bd2412 T 16:55, 14 December 2016 (UTC)