User talk:Quadell

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Alternate idiom forms[edit]

I like the redirects you did for grasp at straws. Do you have a method for finding common idiom variants? I don't think anyone has made a hobby of entering that type of redirect yet...certainly everything in Category:Idioms could use similar treatment, particularly if you've found a really clever method for finding the other common forms. --Connel MacKenzie 00:12, 26 November 2006 (UTC)

Thanks! I haven't, really. I just looked at what other dictionaries seemed to include as alternates. Quadell 18:46, 4 December 2006 (UTC)

Word histories[edit]

Please remember not to enter comeplete word histories. The etymological roots of a word are meaningful, but the full word history is far too prone to copyright violation complaints for to seriously contemplate at this time. While short dictionary definitions cannot individually get copyright protection, etymologies and word histories certainly can. Please keep that in mind when entering etymologies (with or without references.) If you are unsure about the copyright status of a particular etymology, it is better to leave it out, or reduce it severely.

Looking at these: dork doughboy doughnut dry run dunce bailiwick bandwagon jump on the bandwagon grasp at straws, I don't see a single one that can't be considered a copyright violation. I like the website, but they have no usable content at all for Please remove the portions that you added to them. Thank you. --Connel MacKenzie 00:23, 26 November 2006 (UTC)

Actually, I rewrote everything in my own words. None of the word origins for these words is a copyright violation. Remember: facts cannot be copyrighted, but the presentation of facts can. In all those cases, I used facts from wordorigins, but not the presentation of those facts (the specific words they used). Thanks, Quadell 18:48, 4 December 2006 (UTC)


The heading you just used is not a standard Wiktionary heading. We don't include word histories, nor word origins, only etymologies. --Connel MacKenzie 19:31, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

Which word? Quadell 19:41, 18 January 2007 (UTC)
You've edited shirk, shark and quirk today (quirk, after you read this.) I'd say it is a 50/50 chance you'd figure out which one, shirk or shark...but then, you did it wrong on both.  :-)   It took me a while to learn the Wiktionary formats too, though, so no big deal.
Please read WT:ELE. The etymology section goes above the others. --Connel MacKenzie 19:54, 18 January 2007 (UTC)