User talk:Grolltech

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Before you "correct" Greek transliterations, please look at WT:AGRC. Thanks! Chuck Entz (talk) 07:32, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

Sorry, got that a little switched around: You can check WT:AEL for modern Greek transliteration, but for all I know your correction could be ok. It's using the same transliteration on the Ancient Greek that's a problem- more specifically, the "ŷ" Chuck Entz (talk) 07:41, 14 March 2013 (UTC)
Hi Chuck, thanks for your message. It was perfectly timed, as I had just come across WT:AGRC, and had just finished absorbing those details (e.g., use the "scientific" translit scheme for Ancient Greek, very limited diacritics in the translit, etc.), when your message popped up. I will go back and "correct my corrections" pronto (I made 2 or 3 such changes).
I must admit that was more than a little shocked when I saw the overly simplistic romanization rules on WT:AGRC (About Ancient Greek). I was then very relieved to find the WT:GRC TR (Ancient Greek romanization and pronunciation) page, which had a lot more of what I had expected to find.
Most importantly, the latter page opens with the statement, "This page is an extension of Wiktionary:About Ancient Greek." Fair enough. However, there is no link to, nor even a mention of, WT:GRC TR on WT:AGRC! Surely that would be an oversight?
Given my opening track record yesterday, I'm sure as hell not going to make any changes on those pages! But IMHO, I think the "mini-transliteration" table on WT:AGRC, being as incomplete as it is, should be removed from that page entirely and replaced with a link to the detailed "extension" page. Thoughts? Thanks again, Grolltech (talk) 10:33, 14 March 2013 (UTC)


Oxymoron is a Late Latin form, which is how it came into English. Classical Latin did not exist in the fifth century. The OED gives: "< post-classical Latin oxymoron ‘figure of speech in which a pair of opposed or markedly contradictory terms are placed in conjunction for emphasis’ (5th cent.; also oxymorum)". Ƿidsiþ 06:52, 18 April 2013 (UTC)


The reason no one has noticed about this template is that it's only used in the one entry. The user who created it is notorious for creating unnecessary junk. I just removed it, along with most of the antonyms, which seem to be antonyms for stupid, which isn't the same thing. Chuck Entz (talk) 14:44, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, Chuck Entz, I just did the same for synonyms. Grolltech (talk) 19:03, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

"Oxymoron" is the opposite of contradiction.[edit]

Since you seem to be interested in good use of language, if not indeed in a wholesale gunpoint Rectification of Names, couldst join my crusade to save "oxymoron"?

An oxymoron is not a contradiction. The word exists exactly to convey the meaning a non-contradiction made out of contradictory elements.


David Lloyd-Jones (talk) 02:16, 7 September 2016 (UTC)