User talk:Enginear

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search


Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia or any other wiki, with any text you like, over several lines:

User talk:Enginear/Archive[edit]

If it's no longer here, it may have been archived



[1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

on the fly[edit]

Notes copied from Talk:on the fly encryption (rfv failed)

It [on the fly encryption] is a technical term, but only in the same way as (looking at my program menu) program compatability wizard and scanner and camera wizard are technical terms. Personally, I would not expect to look either of them up as a phrase. On the fly is idiomatic (and of course we have an entry for it, to which we might add without disruption to the other activity which is pretty close to transparently when it relates to computing, rather than say newspaper printing, which is, I think, an earlier use of the phrase).
In the OTFE definition, in case we keep it, I have changed links from on the fly to on the fly since we already have on the fly defined in that idiomatic sense. I have not yet improved the def of on the fly as I suggested above, since we do not yet show the appropriate sense of disruption, do not have transparently at all, and do not have transparent in the sense of invisible. I haven't time to do them now, and may not be online very much for the next two weeks, but they are on my list, and I will do them later, if no one gets there first. (Also, I want to check earlier uses of on the fly, which I think used to refer to things done during newspaper printing without stopping the presses. Does anyone have any info? And if so, was it the first use? Maybe also associated with fly tipping, so I'm not sure which sense of fly it would come from.) --Enginear 01:58, 15 May 2006 (UTC)

Enginear 00:19, 28 June 2006 (UTC)

4-4-2, etc[edit]

Steam locomotive types
Single engine types
0-2-2 | 2-2-0 | 2-2-2 | 2-2-4 | 4-2-0 | 4-2-2 | 4-2-4 | 6-2-0
0-4-0 | 0-4-2 | 0-4-4 | 2-4-0 | 2-4-2 | 2-4-4 | 4-4-0 | 4-4-2 | 4-4-4
0-6-0 | 0-6-2 | 0-6-4 | 2-6-0 | 2-6-2 | 2-6-4 | 2-6-6 | 4-6-0 | 4-6-2 | 4-6-4
0-8-0 | 0-8-2 | 0-8-4 | 2-8-0 | 2-8-2 | 2-8-4 | 2-8-6 | 4-8-0 | 4-8-2 | 4-8-4 | 4-8-6 | 6-8-6
0-10-0 | 0-10-2 | 2-10-0 | 2-10-2 | 2-10-4 | 4-10-0 | 4-10-2
0-12-0 | 2-12-0 | 2-12-2 | 2-12-4 | 4-12-2 | 4-14-4
Duplex engine types
4-4-4-4 | 6-4-4-6 | 4-4-6-4 | 4-6-4-4
Garratt (articulated) types
0-4-0+0-4-0 | 2-6-0+0-6-2 | 4-6-2+2-6-4 | 2-8-0+0-8-2 | 4-8-4+4-8-4
Mallet (articulated) types
0-4-4-0 | 0-4-4-2 | 2-4-4-2
0-6-6-0 | 2-6-6-0 | 2-6-6-2 | 2-6-6-4 | 2-6-6-6 | 2-6-8-0 | 4-6-6-2 | 4-6-6-4
0-8-8-0 | 2-8-8-0 | 2-8-8-2 | 2-8-8-4 | 4-8-8-2 | 4-8-8-4
2-10-10-2 | 2-8-8-8-2 | 2-8-8-8-4

Misplaced thanks[edit]

See User talk:GerardM#tobogganing, re: tobogganing. --Connel MacKenzie 18:04, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

Watching repeatedly vandalised deleted pages[edit]

From WT:RFDO#--error:_link_target_missing--_and_incoming_redirects:

Special:Whatlinkshere/--error: link target missing--. (View first 500.) Open each stinkin' one in a separate tab, click [watch], then alt-F4 to close the tab. Alternately, turn on "Lupin popups" via WT:PREFS and mouse-over each link, to use [actions], [watch] (open in new tab) (saves one page-load for each page.) Remember that if your watchlist is anything like mine was (over 70k entries watched!) then you'll need to first clear your entire list, using Special:Watchlist/clear. --Connel MacKenzie 18:14, 5 January 2007 (UTC)

Hmm, a very simple pybot loop could do that. Maybe 10 lines ... Robert Ullmann 20:42, 5 January 2007 (UTC)


(from GP) Go to WT:PREFS, turn on "Popups", "Patrol", "Enhanced patrol", "Refresh patrolling", then in Special:Preferences turn of the mediawiki default "Enhanced" Recentchanges display.) So yes, you were doing something wrong, sortof...that page is obsolete. If you see it at all, you are probably doing it the hard way. If instead you use "popups" to hover over a (diff), you can then click on the (mark) link, and go the the next one (saving quite a few page loads in the process.)

Long s[edit]

(from RFV#puerile) I didn't know the ſ was available in our fonts, but it clearly is. What's the simplest way of typing it (other than cut and paste as I have just done)? --Enginear 21:30, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

It's U+017F, so ſ or ſ works. If we want something easier to remember, we could always create a {{long s}} or something. —RuakhTALK 21:58, 20 February 2007 (UTC)


from Wiktionary_talk:Criteria_for_inclusion#Oxford_English_Dictionary: Here is a link where images of out of copyright pages of the fascicles may be found and rationale. WilliamKF 22:02, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

Wiktionary:Requests for deletion#0-4-2 and many similar ones[edit]

Those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it - or at least to re-RFD things that have already been kept by a wide margin. Cheers! bd2412 T 02:24, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

Ultra-large numbers[edit]

Hey,please tell me where I can find as big numbers conencting with googol, for example, googoldalplex,googolgijplex etc., as in web of wiktionary and just more numbers. Please, write me this informations in email to me, Thank you very much!! :) —This unsigned comment was added by (talk).

Sorry, but I don't know. The reason I deleted your request was that requests like that should go on the Discussion (aka Talk) pages, and not on the main article pages. (You will find that the request is already at Wiktionary talk:List of protologisms/numbers.) Also, please do not leave e-mail addresses anywhere on this site. They get spammed. (So I have deleted yours above.) If you must give an address, encrypt it in some way so that machines cannot read it. You could also try asking at WT:TR, but it will probably just be deleted. Our job is to record words that are actually used to describe things, not those which are only talked about (see WT:CFI. --Enginear 17:45, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

WF's alter ego is now...[edit] --Enginear 12:51, 20 April 2007 (UTC)


Thanks for your help. Widsith 09:39, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

Hiding Etymology[edit]

In a discussion you made a suggestion (Jan '07) that Etymology be hidden "under" a bar, as translations are. This seemed like a wonderful solution to the considerations raised in the discussion. What are the prospects for getting movement on this idea? Or, is it in process already? I think that the user interface to long entries is poor because readers have to use the scroll bar or "mouse + PgDn" to find what they need if it is not the first PoS (let alone if there is a long etymology). What are your thoughts? Is there a forum for this? How best to bring up? DCDuring 17:17, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

For your convenience Wiktionary talk:Entry layout explained#Etymology should get you there. Your comment was penultimate. DCDuring 17:21, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

Ɛ, ɛ[edit]

Why did you delete these? -- Liliana 22:16, 1 November 2011 (UTC)

My bad, sorry. I was rushing, and thought I was deleting some incorrect redirects I had just created. I'm back online now and will undelete them at once. --Enginear 09:04, 2 November 2011 (UTC)
Both now undeleted. --Enginear 09:13, 2 November 2011 (UTC)


Hello, I opened a voting to have bot flag. I hope you particibate. Thanks.--M.Gedawy 19:03, 27 November 2011 (UTC)

Thank you for alerting me, but I was already aware. I have purposely not participated in the vote since, having just returned from a long break, I am not aware of the context. Also, since regrettably I can only read latin and (mostly) greek scripts, I am unable to glean any information about you from your user page. Since your English is clearly good, you could help out us ignoramusses by putting a translation on our site. Finally, I am not very au fait with the techniques used by bots, although I do intend to find out more in the next few years. So I shall rely on the rest of the community on this one --Enginear

come out for[edit]

(copied from Talk:come out)

I haven't time at present to follow up and add the sense and reference quoted in the following 'pedia quote, but I see the OED2+ has several cites of similar usage at around the same time, ie come out for = publicly support, which it suggests are precursors of come out as [gay] -- if anyone else has time, please do so.

From w:Helen Keller#Political activities:

At that time the compliments he paid me were so generous that I blush to remember them. But now that I have come out for socialism he reminds me and the public that I am blind and deaf and especially liable to error. I must have shrunk in intelligence during the years since I met him
1912: Keller, Helen (accessed August 27, 2007), “How I Became a Socialist”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[6]

Thanks --Enginear 03:03, 31 December 2012 (UTC)

BBC Pronunciation Unit comments on Xiaomi, gif, TESLA, Chrysler and Nike[edit]


writing utensil[edit]

This is actual a fairly common collocation (maybe only in the US?), I've restored the usage example. DTLHS (talk) 03:08, 22 July 2016 (UTC)