User talk:Caphthor

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Requesting to speedy delete an entry[edit]

if you wish to get one of the admins to delete an entry that is obviously created in error, add the {{delete}} template in the entry itself. Thanks. JamesjiaoTC 04:13, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

thank you for this reminder ... I couldn't remember the correct code and tried to find it in the help pages but did not succeed ... I've now added it to my notes for future reference ... thanks again !

Caphthor 04:19, 6 December 2011 (UTC)


The part of speech needs to be level-3, not 2. So ===Noun===, not ==Noun==. The entries currently are generating error messages. Ƿidsiþ 20:40, 13 December 2011 (UTC)

thank you for this ... I will start using the level-3 designator from now on and then will go back through my list of earlier contributions to make the corrections.

Caphthor 20:43, 13 December 2011 (UTC)


the primary source which is being used for the Wiktionary entries that I have been adding is Canaanite Myths and Legends by Godfrey Rolles Driver, T & T Clark, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 1978

Caphthor 01:36, 14 December 2011 (UTC)


I made the change to interjection but Wiktionary indicated that it didn't have a category for interjections and so I wanted to find out which was the preferred alternative. Caphthor 19:50, 14 December 2011 (UTC)

Ugaritic Verbs[edit]

have updated all Ugaritic verbs as per 2011 March standard :

  • English verbs' headword lines (inflection lines) should no longer include to at their start.

Caphthor 20:58, 14 December 2011 (UTC)

Cuneiform requests[edit]

Hi. Thanks for your contributions in ancient languages. Since you can work with cuneiform, you may be able to fulfill the script requests in Category:Entries which need Cuneiform script. --Vahag 22:26, 14 December 2011 (UTC)

dear Vahagn Petrosyan ... there are many forms of cuneiform and my experience is with the cuneiform alphabets : Ugaritic and the Persian cuneiform alphabet which came much later ... the Mesopotamian syllabaries are another matter altogether and I might be able to interest one of my colleagues in that field to take on such work in their free-time ... thank you for asking

Caphthor 05:23, 15 December 2011 (UTC)

Thanks. There is also Category:Entries which need Old Persian Cuneiform script. --Vahag 08:45, 15 December 2011 (UTC)

Dear Vahagn Petrosyan,

I have just begun to work my way through the Old Persian cuneiform requests and have started with Euphrates. What is meant to happen to each request entry once it has been completed ?

Caphthor 09:16, 17 December 2011 (UTC)

Looks great! Thanks. After adding the script you should remove the {{rfscript}} template like this. Then the entry will disappear from Category:Entries which need Old Persian Cuneiform script. --Vahag 11:41, 17 December 2011 (UTC)

Dear Vahagn Petrosyan,

I have just added a couple of entries to the Old Persian Country and Old Persian Nationality categories since the sole entry on both at the moments is Armenia and Armenians.

Is there a way to change the Category Description from "peo:" to "Old Persian" ?

Thanks again for all your guidance and helpful advice.

Caphthor 12:45, 18 December 2011 (UTC)

The format language code:category is the standard in Wiktionary and it cannot be changed just for Old Persian. There was a vote over this (Wiktionary:Votes/2011-07/Categories of names), but it failed. --Vahag 13:52, 18 December 2011 (UTC)

Old Persian[edit]

Hi. Which spelling is correct 𐎷𐎰𐎼 (mi-θ-r) or 𐎷𐎫𐎼 (mi-t-r)? Or both? --Vahag 14:14, 19 December 2011 (UTC)

BOTH. Here are some examples of the spelling 𐎷𐎫𐎼 (Mitra).

Caphthor 14:33, 20 December 2011 (UTC)

Related Terms[edit]

Dear Vahagn :

Is there a better way to indicate the relation between words in the same language group that allows the reader to click onto the corresponding entry in Wiktionary ?

I have tried to do something like this on the entry for

Also the replacement of Phoenician characters with PNG graphics is a nice touch on the Phoenician page but for some reason the system is reversing the order of the characters.


You should mention the cognates in the Etymology section, like this. ===Related terms=== are for words within the same language. As for the PNG thing, I don't know anything about it: you could refer to the Template:t2i page. --Vahag 14:35, 24 December 2011 (UTC)

Old South Arabian section of Wiktionary[edit]

Is it my imagination or does Wiktionary currently lack a section for the Old South Arabian vocabulary ?

If that is the case then how would we go about creating one ?

Caphthor 17:54, 5 January 2012 (UTC)

It's best to ask that question at Wiktionary:Information desk. --Vahag 18:23, 5 January 2012 (UTC)

Place name header[edit]

Please note that "Place name" is not considered to be a valid part of speech. See WT:POS. Thanks. --Yair rand 23:33, 10 January 2012 (UTC)

Arabic or Arabian?[edit]

I've noticed that sem-srb entries are categorized under the name Old South Arabian nouns, verbs, etc., but the headers of most of those entries say Old South Arabic. I'm not sure which is correct, but I think the header and the categories should use the same language name. Ultimateria 19:03, 12 January 2012 (UTC)

I agree and am waiting for a decision from the "powers that be" to determine which designation should be used. The script is almost always referred to as "Old South Arabian" but the languages which make use of it can be classified as either "Old South Arabian" or "Old South Arabic". I have no opinion as to which should be used. Caphtor 14:48, 15 January 2012 (UTC)
I don't think there really are any "powers that be" about this, actually. ISO doesn't include Old South Arabic/Arabian at all, so we don't even have a default name to work with, other than the name you used to refer to the language in your post at the Information Desk. The template Template:sem-srb can be edited by anyone. --Yair rand 23:20, 15 January 2012 (UTC)