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At Talk:Ammonoidea is an image taken from Italian Wikipedia. It illustrates several terms used in malacology. I have a taken a run at some of these to define the corresponding English term, for which the wording may need improvement. Four need definitions and the image alone does not help me enough. Could you help, either by adding entries or by translating the captions? DCDuring (talk) 20:25, 6 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Yes, I noticed it - and assumed you were going to add the missing words. I'll have a go. SemperBlotto (talk) 21:18, 6 January 2019 (UTC)
    Thanks. DCDuring (talk) 21:46, 6 January 2019 (UTC)


Why did you remove my narrow transcriptions on the Portland page? (talk) 23:05, 6 January 2019 (UTC)

I can't speak for SemperBlotto, but that was a lot of clutter, and you barely scratched the surface- there are all kinds of regional and sociolinguistic variants that could be covered at that level of detail. Plus, you didn't give any explanation with it, so it reads like random alphabet soup. Yes, it's possible to go into microscopic detail, but you can't just show the 3rd pore from the left on someone's nostril without explaining why. Chuck Entz (talk) 00:22, 7 January 2019 (UTC)

You're right, thank you for explaining! On the entry for Portland if I explained that the extra-precise transcription is how it is pronounced locally (that is, in Portland, OR) would it make sense? (talk) 02:44, 7 January 2019 (UTC)

The blocking of an anonymous user[edit]

Why did you block this user? They are anything but vandal. They even added a summary explaining themselves something that not a lot of longtime users do. They even corrected a formatting error in the following edit. I have unblocked them. Dixtosa (talk) 17:32, 8 January 2019 (UTC)


Hi sweetie. Here is the Chambers 1908 definition of ammonia: "a pungent gas yielded by smelling-salts, burning feathers, etc.: a solution of ammonia in water (properly liquid ammonia): a name of a large series of compounds, analogous to ammonia, including amines, amides, and alkalamides." Is there anything we should add to the entry that we don't already have? Equinox 03:35, 13 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Mot much. I've added the solution in water that us chemists do indeed call "ammonia". The amides &c are definitely not called ammonia. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:27, 13 January 2019 (UTC)
    • For most non-chemists ammonia refers to a cleaning fluid. For some non-chemists it is something used in manufacturing. ammonia at OneLook Dictionary Search shows that many dictionaries include definitions that reflect usage by non-chemists. DCDuring (talk) 18:27, 13 January 2019 (UTC)

Italian entries[edit]

Please undelete my user page[edit]

Why you delete it? --Ans (talk) 10:09, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

The deleted content is my name. Is it allowed here? --Ans (talk) 11:50, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

  • The purpose of a User page is, primarily, to let other editors know what languages you are proficient at and what other skills you have. See other people's User pages to see typical content. SemperBlotto (talk) 15:34, 25 January 2019 (UTC)
    • If I include my proficient language, then I can also include my name? Else, my name is not allowed? --Ans (talk) 09:33, 20 January 2020 (UTC)


Was I wrong?Jonteemil (talk) 15:09, 25 January 2019 (UTC)

  • No, but you removed other valid data. SemperBlotto (talk) 15:37, 25 January 2019 (UTC)

resightable, resightability[edit]

Isn't it a site, not a sight? Seems like rare misspelling: check Google Books. Equinox 07:04, 27 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Yes - you are correct. Probably easiest to just delete them. SemperBlotto (talk) 07:05, 27 January 2019 (UTC)


Hello, you created esylate as a synonym of ethanesulfonate, but that doesn't exist yet. Any chance you have a definition for that one? - TheDaveRoss 14:10, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

Personal info on ahegao[edit]

I am requesting that the 21:06 version of ahegao by User: be hidden as well, as it contains (probably, judging by the similarity of the IPs in the edits) the same or similar inappropriate information as this edit, which you removed the visibility of, according to the deletion log. Inner Focus (talk) 21:30, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

Done. The perpetrators are part of a block of IPs that belong to a school district in Phoenix, Arizona, which produces occasional runs of childish/juvenile vandalism and not much else. The school district owns, but the problems only come from so I've blocked the smaller range for six months to see if we can break them of the habit. Chuck Entz (talk) 05:35, 1 February 2019 (UTC)


Thanks for guidence!
شہاب (talk) 15:58, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Italian entries[edit]

Can you please cancel my wrong entry "colino da te"as I forgot to accent "tè" thanks.

Italian entries[edit]

Can you please cancel my wrong entry "shirka delle Nicobare" as I misspelled word "shikra" (I made already the correct entry), thanks.

Italian entries[edit]

I am here again but can you please cancel my wrong entry "mettere a nudo il prioprio animo" due a misspelled "proprio", thanks angelucci.

  • Done by someone else. Also, please sign your requests &c with four tildes. SemperBlotto (talk) 07:10, 18 February 2019 (UTC)


You asked to have this conversation at your talk page. Okay, so here's your chance to explain your changes at quelle surprise and never fight a land war in Asia. CapnZapp (talk) 14:41, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Nothing useful? I clarified the phrasing - while quelle surprise is "virtually identical" to what a surprise, quelle surprise in English carries a more sarcastic connotation than quelle surprise in French. That clarification is useful to me. I found the previous phrasing unclear.
I did not make that addition. I merely moved it out of Synonyms. The issue is moot by now, but you understand why I object to your revert - you might have intended it to say "don't add don't fight a sicilian..." but it came across as "it actually IS a synonym". CapnZapp (talk) 16:37, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Italian entries[edit]

Please delete my wrong spelled entry "Tornenante" thanks.Angelucci (talk) 16:13, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

  • Done. If you add a {{d}} template then someone will delete it quite quickly. SemperBlotto (talk) 16:17, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Italian entries[edit]

Thanks for your advice about my wrong translation of "wait and see" but I left "attendista" which can be both noun and adjective (for example: posizione attendista).Angelucci (talk) 15:55, 20 February 2019 (UTC)


This is hopeless isn't it. A cogent and rational change is made, and is "reverted" for no reason, no wonder Wikipedia is losing editors.

kino#Derived terms[edit]

Three chemical terms. DCDuring (talk) 00:01, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

Blank userpage request[edit]

Hey- I would like to ask you- do you have the authority to blank my userpage and userpage history for English Wiktionary? When I first started editing Wiktionary a lot in late 2017 and early 2018, I copy-pasted conversations I had with other users onto my userpage. Doing this would help me find the critical hints, tips and thoughts from those conversations. But now I am more familiar with the website, and I rarely look at those copy-pasted conversations. Also, I have realized that I probably should have gotten the permission of the other users to do a copy-paste of their words. Needless to say, I didn't even consider getting their permission, and just copy-pasted willy-nilly, taking their words out of the original context. Although my intention was merely to make it easier for me to find some of the important information from those crucial conversations, I have realized that my behavior was jarring and extremely rude. Now that I have been around for a while, I have realized that my userpage reflects poorly on me. As far as I can tell, deleting my userpage and userpage history outright is the only responsible course of action. Also, I gave out information about myself that I don't want out there any more. Can this kind of blanking be done? How would I apply to get this done? Have I contacted the right person? Thanks for your help. --Geographyinitiative (talk) 02:42, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

  • I've deleted your user page. There's nothing I can do about its history. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:38, 22 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Sorry about that - deleted userpage and restored talk page. And yes, it was too long to read, so I didn't. SemperBlotto (talk) 10:34, 22 February 2019 (UTC)


For improving russatus, I'm a noobie here, thanks for correcting mistakes and os with macrons, which I'm unable to type on an Android phone. —This unsigned comment was added by (talk).


Why did you rollback? I told you not to rollback on russata. —This unsigned comment was added by (talk).


I'm not sure whether I'm to ask for the reason for the rollback, or defend the edit that was rolled back. Maybe both? Anyway, I know Ailuropoda melanoleuca (giant panda) to be a true bear, one of the eight extant bear species in the family Ursidae – the bears. The wording 'a bear-like animal' is an odd choice, as it is like referring to a spectacled bear as such, or to a jaguar as 'a cat-like animal'. I think this comes with the misleading implication that it would be inaccurate for some reason to refer to a jaguar as a cat, or to a giant panda as a bear. Please work with me on an effective change. -- 00:56, 23 February 2019 (UTC)

Johnny Shiz[edit]

I just found out about your blocks. I have rather mixed feelings about the whole affair, because, while I can confirm that all of the accounts mentioned in the Wikipedia sockpuppet investigation that have edited here in the past 90 days are the same person (Torrent01's edits are too old to check), there's no pattern of bad faith or vandalism I can see in the actual Wiktionary edits of any of them, unlike their edits on Wikipedia. In fact, the edits that brought your attention to the whole mess look to me like attempts to come clean and set the record straight.

That said, I can't vouch for the quality of their edits- I don't know the languages they've been editing well enough. My subjective impression is that they tend to be a bit clueless and impulsive at times, and you'll see on DTLHS' talk page that I have some real problems with at least one of the Torrent01 edits. It just seems like they're doing the best they know how to. Maybe @Suzukaze-c, who's spent more time going through their edits and knows more than I do about the languages, can give a better idea of that part.

Like I said, I have mixed feelings, so I'm not asking you to immediately unblock them: just to reconsider the length of the block in light of their behavior here on Wiktionary- not just the dishonesty about their past or the vandalism they did on Wikipedia. Chuck Entz (talk) 05:23, 24 February 2019 (UTC)

  • I've reduced it to one day - let's see. SemperBlotto (talk) 07:25, 24 February 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for everything. I've completely abandoned the editing of entries for archaic Chinese characters, in favor of improving and creating entries found in my Chinese dictionary. I'm also currently trying to take the standard offer on enwiki. Johnny Shiz (talk) 21:52, 1 March 2019 (UTC)

My user page[edit]

Is there any way you can restore my now-deleted user page? Thanks for unblocking me! Johnny Shiz (talk) 21:11, 25 February 2019 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Restored. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 21:19, 25 February 2019 (UTC)
Thanks. Johnny Shiz (talk) 23:22, 25 February 2019 (UTC)



a couple of days ago I created the page olonetsien, which is the French name for the Livvi-Karelian language or dialect. You claimed it was "nonsense/gibberish". I guess I should have clarified that it is a dialect of the Karelian language and provided a Wikipedia link, which I did now.

I can even provide some links outside the Wikimedia projects where the term "olonetsien" has been used: (force-download Word document)

If you still want to delete the page and block me again, do so, but in that case please give me some good reason why aunuksenkarjala (the Finnish name for the same variety) can still have an entry here, so I can avoid adding "nonsense/gibberish" in the future. 06:42, 12 March 2019 (UTC)

  • OK. I've simplified it and created the red-linked translations. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:59, 12 March 2019 (UTC)


I think the following: 1. Becco is only masculine therefore does not exist "becca" (only for beccare) therefore there is only "beccolungo" and "becchilunghi" (in composite nouns substantive-noun+adjective both desinences change) 2. I have never seen a "beccolunga or beccolunghe or beccolunghi" in the Italian language. Thanks for your time.Angelucci (talk) 13:36, 15 March 2019 (UTC)

  • OK - I have modified the headword accordingly. SemperBlotto (talk) 15:22, 15 March 2019 (UTC)
    • p.s. The it-adj template doesn't format this type of adjective properly.

Question about cyclooctyne[edit]

Just wondering, is the "oo" pronounced as 2 separate o's as opposed to the "oo" in "food"? I was going to add it to Category:English terms with vowel pseudo-digraphs but want to make sure that that is not a mistake. User: The Ice Mage talk to meh 16:31, 15 March 2019 (UTC)

Alright, thanks for the reply. :) User: The Ice Mage talk to meh 17:49, 15 March 2019 (UTC)

Ohia page[edit]


Please forgive me if I did the wrong thing by trying to correct this entry. "ohias" is an incorrect plural in English for ohia because as a Hawaiian loan word to English it retains its irregular plural status. In Hawaiian and in most languages of the Austronesian language family a word is pluralised by adding a modifier word in front of the noun without altering the noun itself. In Hawai'i where Hawaiian loan words are used most in English, it is very rare for a Hawaiian loan word to English to be pluralised with an s at the end. Countless words from muumuu, keiki, lei, pali, etc all function in English as irregular plurals. Very few and usually only outsiders to Hawaii every pluralise ohia with an s; to claim otherwise in this dictionary is at best ignorant of current and historical usage and at worst imperialist (not a good look considering the current politics in Hawai'i). Please help change this entry to reflect the reality of where the word ohia is used 99% of the time, in actual Hawai'i. Thank you —This unsigned comment was added by (talk).

  • The word ohia is "English" and follows English grammar. We do not yet have the Hawaiian word "ōhiʽa" but you are welcome to add it. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:52, 23 March 2019 (UTC)

reply to topic of pluralisation of the word ohia[edit]

You're employing a cultural bias here. Loan words from Latin to English and in some cases Greek loan words to English retain irregular plurality e.g. media/medium, cacti/cactus, octopus/octopodes. Also, sushi (no one ever says I'm going for sushis") Very few people are fluent in Hawaiian in Hawai'i; I am referring to how ohia is actually used in English (not pidgin/HCE!) in Hawai'i. This is relevant. It's disrespectful and imperialist to tell a million plus people who speak English in Hawai'i that their use of Hawaiian loan words to English is incorrect. At the very least if you must retain "ohias", please add to the entry that in English spoken in Hawai'i ohia is an irregular plural. —This comment was unsigned.

Wiktionary depends on contributors to provide information about how words are actually used. We need the usage information to be supported by evidence, which almost always means printed evidence. Ohias is well attested as a plural. If another plural following the Hawaiian pattern is used in English, then we should add it, possibly showing it as the principal plural if written evidence supports that. If it is not more common plural in English running text, but is the more common in English spoken in Hawaii, then a usage note is a good place to say so.
So, what would be very helpful would be formatted quotations that use the plural following the Hawaiian pattern in running English text, not in italics or between quotation marks. English newspapers might be a good source. DCDuring (talk) 13:20, 23 March 2019 (UTC)

Removing "gogo" (Georgian) link to the wiktionary page in English[edit]

What exactly is the reason you would delete my insertion to link the Georgian გოგო page to the page in English? I do not understand why you think you have such authority. This is an actual word that is transcribed as "gogo" but not easily found if you don't know how to use/write Georgian script. It is a shame you remove small contributions, and ultimately why "wiki" remains a mess. —This unsigned comment was added by (talk).

  • It had no content. No headword and no translation. It was, as you say, a mess. SemperBlotto (talk) 10:20, 23 March 2019 (UTC)

Korean Surname Park(박)[edit]

Why did you revert to a previous version? —This unsigned comment was added by (talk).

  • I don't know which word you a talking about. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:50, 25 March 2019 (UTC)
  1. :
    (MC reading: (MC pwɑk̚, bˠiæk̚, bˠɛk̚))
  2. :
    (MC reading: )
  3. :
    (MC reading: (MC pwɑk̚))
  4. :
    (MC reading: (MC pˠʌk̚))
  5. :
    (MC reading: (MC pwɑk̚))

You deleted these parts. + Sino-Korean words, such as Heartbeat(박동), 박물관(Museum) and so on..

  • Those are five different words that I have never touched. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:54, 25 March 2019 (UTC)
    • Perhaps you are talking about the Korean word ? You made large errors in formatting that I could not correct. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:55, 25 March 2019 (UTC)

What error? Could you specify? 박동(Heartbeat), 박물관(Museum), 박사(PhD), 박치기(HeatButting) are all used widely in both North and South Korea. They are Sino-Korean words.

  • You included a section headed "==Korean word 박==". This is not a heading on this wiki, and level 2 (==...==) heading are reserved for languages (e.g. ==Korean==). SemperBlotto (talk) 07:01, 25 March 2019 (UTC)

OK. I'll fix the format.

How to capture story behind etymology for calculus?[edit]

Hi, You reverted my recent edit on calculus (which I believe squalidly tried to capture a narrative in Etymology or failed to mention reference). Can you please clarify so that I can fix it? Ankitdimania (talk) 20:18, 27 March 2019 (UTC)

  • I think that Wikipedia may do that better. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:35, 28 March 2019 (UTC)
  • I added a reference for Etymology, but I'm still not satisfied that the etymology fails to mention original sense of the word. I'll investigate how it can follow the standard mentioned at to capture the story. Ankitdimania (talk) 03:41, 29 March 2019 (UTC)
  • I added the original sense in the meaning of the Latin origin word. Please LMK if you see any issues with it, we will work it out. Ankitdimania (talk) 21:06, 31 March 2019 (UTC)

Headword templates[edit]

What are those? —This unsigned comment was added by 2600:1700:94a0:2720:c4d9:9941:8981:cb60 (talk).

  • Just look at the changes made to the terms you have added. SemperBlotto (talk) 09:13, 5 April 2019 (UTC)

Done they should be numerals! Why did you delete the entry for cougar?Ndołkah (talk) 09:26, 5 April 2019 (UTC)

  • The problem was that you linked to couger, not cougar. Spelling is critically important, and not just for technical reasons- this is a dictionary, after all. Now that you have an account, I have left our welcome template on your talk page. Please click on the links it provides to read about editing Wiktionary entries. We have a very specific format so that the millions of entries here edited by thousands of people are all consistent with each other and contain the necessary information. Chuck Entz (talk) 17:34, 5 April 2019 (UTC)

hot and sexy alkaloids[edit]

Hi Blotto. We haven't talked for a little while. I have been getting all hot and bothered about four sexy alkaloids: fumariline, dihydrofumariline, fumaritridine, fumaritrine. Can you please assuage my burning passion. I think they might be from Fumaria species but it didn't help me actually find any info. Thx and best, Equinox 03:14, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

And for God's sake archive your talk page, man. Equinox 03:15, 6 April 2019 (UTC)
Talk page archived. They don't turn me on much - but I haven't actually tried them out. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:17, 6 April 2019 (UTC)
What about nitrosylmyoglobin and nitrosylmyochrome? Maybe something to do with cooked meat or something, god knows. Equinox 10:43, 6 April 2019 (UTC)


What's the point in linking to the Spanish wikipedia from the English wiktionary? Oska (talk) 08:07, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

  • It's a Spanish word so we link to the Spanish Wikipedia. We link to the English Wikipedia from the English word. That's just what we do. SemperBlotto (talk) 09:37, 6 April 2019 (UTC)


How do I format the IPA pronunciation for a Western Apache term correctly? Before I go on to add the pronunciations of other words I want to make sure that I have done it correctly on this entry. Thankies. —This unsigned comment was added by Ndołkah (talkcontribs).

  • I don't know. I don't do pronunciation at all. SemperBlotto (talk) 20:14, 6 April 2019 (UTC)
  • ThankiesNdołkah (talk) 01:26, 10 April 2019 (UTC)

a più tardi[edit]

From Treccani ......a più tardi, per rinviare qualche cosa a un nuovo, prossimo incontro (o semplicem. come saluto di breve commiato); al più tardi, per indicare un limite: il vestito sarà pronto al più t. tra una settimana.......Best regards.Angelucci (talk) 15:50, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

  • Yes. a più tardi means see you later. But see you later alligator is an extended, rhyming form of the term - "a più tardi" does not mean it. SemperBlotto (talk) 15:54, 8 April 2019 (UTC)
    • I'd argue that see you later and see you later alligator mean the exact same thing, so they both translate a più tardi. But I agree that we should pick the simpler, more common term as the translation. —Rua (mew) 15:55, 8 April 2019 (UTC)
      • There's more to it than just the meaning: see you later, alligator is dated (it was a fad in the 50's), informal, and nowadays is kind of corny."a più tardi" doesn't have any of that. As such, it's a poor translation, even if the literal meaning matches. Chuck Entz (talk) 01:54, 9 April 2019 (UTC)
        • I did knew what would your reply be but please tell me why you offer possible translations in foreign languages for what you claim is possible only in English?Angelucci (talk) 11:41, 9 April 2019 (UTC)

Old Saxon name Agga[edit]

Why did you remove my entry? It is an attested name. I even gave a reference for it. Leornendeealdenglisc (talk) 08:54, 15 April 2019 (UTC)

Your rollback is in error[edit]

Your roll back on havere is in error. Aearthrise (talk)

  • No. You need to provide evidence - citations of actual usage. Some third party will check them and make a decision. SemperBlotto (talk) 14:55, 19 April 2019 (UTC)

Your rollback of my edit to "gallus"[edit]

Greetings and felicitations. I am mostly unfamiliar with Wiktionary, being primarily an editor of Wikipedia. Would you please be so kind as to explain to me the grounds for reverting my edit to gallus? To me, cross-connecting related or similar terms, such as "gallus" and "galluses", is standard practice on Wikipedia, and seems to make sense here too. —DocWatson42 (talk) 23:04, 21 April 2019 (UTC)

If I may, there are a few problems with your edit. First, it uses a level 2 heading, which is reserved for languages, and "See also" is obviously not a language. Secondly, all we have at galluses right now is an English entry, whereas the "See also" section is for linking terms in the same language. —Rua (mew) 23:18, 21 April 2019 (UTC)


You reverted my change to presbycusis. Look at the discussion on that page for my longstanding criticism of the prior / current definition. Read up on the subject if you want (have you? I have, a lot). What do you see as the issues / problems? 03:26, 22 April 2019 (UTC)

  • We are a dictionary. We don't need such encyclopedic content. SemperBlotto (talk) 05:18, 22 April 2019 (UTC) p.s. I know the subject at first hand (being rather old)

Adding the word "Etisquette"[edit]

Greetings Mr. Knaggs,

I noticed you deleted a page I created on the term "etisquette", advising me to use the sandbox. I understand that the sandbox is for experiment with formating, not for adding a term to the dictionary.

If the page was deleted for the format, I acknowledge I'm not seasoned in editing wikitionary pages. I'd appreciate if you could help me with the same, making it more "comprehensible" and interpretable, if I give you the whole thing in plain writing.


Narula —This unsigned comment was added by (talk).

  • The word does not seem to exist. If it did, it would probably not be capitalised. Where did you see this word used? SemperBlotto (talk) 12:24, 23 April 2019 (UTC)
  • I had no intention of capitalising it. The term is mainly military parlance, as in a commander warning one of his subordinates : "You better exercise some etisquette young man! Or I will have to put you on adverse report." - OR - "The government is planning to order an etisquette." In this case it means there is going to be a major modification among the ranks, or even the structure of the army, to improve it's image and standards. The term originally means to polish something to make it look better or give it a smooth finish. From there, it transitions into the act of making a system or set of people work better, i.e. more professionally... or you can say in a more polished manner.

Discipliner (talk) 13:24, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

  • I still can't see any usage of such a word. You will have to be prepared to provide evidence. SemperBlotto (talk) 13:26, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

There will be no need for that Mr. Knaggs !

I cannot hand you a government order as proof unless such a thing is in public domain, which as of today is not the case. So leave it.

It has been my experience that convincing the typical online warlord, who's never been in a real combat situation, of stuff that exists in the soldiers' realm is somewhat tough. I'm NOT saying that to point fingers at you or anything, it's just a common problem in the geek-space that I see often.


Discipliner (talk) 14:33, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

There's Appendix:Glossary of military slang. It's a bit of an unsorted mess. Equinox 14:36, 23 April 2019 (UTC)


Could you please delete all the inflected forms your bot created so this can be deleted altogether? Thanks —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 01:13, 29 April 2019 (UTC)

  • Done. I don't run the bot any more - far too much hassle. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:46, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
    Thanks. I fixed the present participle forms. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 18:26, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Another bot cleanup request. All the forms of the verb crūstō got created without the u being properly marked as long. Can you please go through and fix them (both the headwords and in the definition-line link to the lemma)? —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 02:02, 8 May 2019 (UTC)
    • The bot made those verb forms on 9 March 2016 - at that time the macron was not in place. Whoever added the macron should add it to the verb forms. I'm not going to. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:02, 8 May 2019 (UTC)
      I'm not saying this is your fault, but it's still your responsibility. Your bot allowed you to make edits way faster than anyone could manually, but you are still responsible for those edits as if you had done them yourself. I fixed all the forms of the related nouns, so I'm only asking you to deal with the verb forms. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 17:17, 10 May 2019 (UTC)
      A reminder to please deal with this. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 18:35, 13 May 2019 (UTC)
      It seems Semper is going to ignore me rather than handle it. @Benwing2, would you be willing to pick up the slack? —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 19:00, 14 May 2019 (UTC)


You are quick! Thank you! I was looking it up how to do it for northern ohlone thanks a million!Ndołkah (talk) 06:26, 1 May 2019 (UTC)


According to Kielitoimiston sanakirja ( ) the word toreadori means 'bullfighter on horseback' (ratsastava = someone who rides; härkätaistelija = bullfighter). I'm not sure how the word toreadori is used colloquially, but if we go by that standard definition, härkätaistelija is a hypernym of toreadori, not a synonym. 15:12, 2 May 2019 (UTC)

  • toreador seems the best translation of this word - a bullfighter, usually on horseback. SemperBlotto (talk) 15:15, 2 May 2019 (UTC)
    Fair enough, now that you added that "especially one on horseback" clarification on the page toreador itself. 15:19, 2 May 2019 (UTC)


Hi SB. Long time, little to no activity. I lost interest for the infighting about good words and phrases and the allowance, without comment of some extremely dubious and often -- well -- dirty I suppose is one word I could use.

Any way. -- I don't think I could do justice to a definition of this new Physics field of twistronics. Could you look at it? Thanks ALGRIF talk 09:59, 5 May 2019 (UTC)

  • Hi there. That's a new one on me. I've had a go at defining it. Cheers. SemperBlotto (talk) 10:07, 5 May 2019 (UTC)
    • p.s. There's lots that I dislike about the project (and some of the contributors) but I just try to ignore them and carry on regardless. SemperBlotto (talk) 10:11, 5 May 2019 (UTC)

Proper format for "lintrus" entry[edit]

Hi! Sorry, I don't understand the comment you gave for the deletion of the page lintrus: "No usable content given (please see WT:CFI, WT:EL)". I forget what I entered, but basically the only information I have about the form is this du Cange entry that defines it as a variant/collateral form of the noun "linter". Pretty much the same info is given for the form "lintrum", which was previously listed on Wiktionary as a genitive plural form (which it doesn't seem to be). Should I include a definition line that just has the word "linter"? I don't know how to write a detailed definition, since I haven't found one yet.--Urszag (talk) 17:13, 9 May 2019 (UTC)

  • I have temporarily restored it. You can see that it has no definition. (lintrum does have a definition - genitive plural of linter). SemperBlotto (talk) 19:17, 9 May 2019 (UTC)
    • The "genitive plural" definition of "lintrum" is unrelated to the linked du Cange entry. When I first encountered the page, it had only the genitive plural definition and a link to the du Cange page which defined the word as a collateral form of "linter". This confused me. (Looking at the history of the page, I think the citation was added by a bot.) The Latin dictionaries and grammars that I have read give the genitive plural of "linter" as "lintrium", with an i, not as "lintrum". So I added "lintrium" to Wiktionary, but I was also able to find some examples of genitive plural "lintrum" in post-Classical texts (which I put on the page Citations:lintrum), so that definition also seems to be valid. The issue is that there appears to be a distinct word "lintrum" that is a singular noun: as you can see, du Cange gives "LINTRUM, Lintrus, pro Linter. Supplem. Antiquarii", "Lintrum, σϰαφή, Alveum, scafa". I don't feel like I have a great understanding of the meaning of the words "alveum" and "σϰαφή/scapha/scafa", but if I must attempt to write a definition in order to avoid deletion of the entry, I guess I can try to translate these. As far as I can tell, the word was used to refer to some kind of boat. (What do we do with words with unclear meanings?) I'm also trying to collect examples of this non-genitive use of lintrum (also on the page Citations:lintrum), but I'm not at all fluent in Latin, so in most cases it's beyond me to figure out the meaning or grammar from the context.--Urszag (talk) 21:26, 9 May 2019 (UTC)

Reporting IP[edit]

Hi, The IP address ( which you have reverted edits of is likely a sock of Zeshan Mahmood (see Cleaning up after long-term abuse by Zeshan Mahmood). Same Pakistani POVPUSH edits and locale as Zeshan and his known alts. Please look into this. Gotitbro (talk) 03:52, 12 May 2019 (UTC)

We have our own history with this individual, and those of us who cleaned up after them before spotted them right away. The IP was blocked, and aside from a couple of "national x of Pakistan" edits and one Translingual entry that was converted to our format because it was useful, all of their edits have been reverted and all of the pages they created have been mass-deleted. What else would you suggest we do? Chuck Entz (talk) 07:39, 12 May 2019 (UTC)
Now I know for the future that I just need to delete the Pakistan stuff. —Rua (mew) 11:06, 13 May 2019 (UTC)
@Chuck Entz: Yes, the user has a long history of cross-wiki abuse going back more than ten years under different IP addresses and accounts. A list of IP ranges they have edited under [similar to IPs being used currently] can be seen in the SPI at enwiki here (also note the different socks); the user has also vandalized Commons with different socks and IPs (SPI case), among all known Wikimedia Projects and Wikipedias (even non-WM projects like Wikitravel). The user mostly makes edits in Pakistani POVPUSH, hoax entries etc. It is clear they don't intend to stop anytime soon and will keep vandalizing under different IPs, the best thing to do would be to block these abused ranges [and accounts] as soon as they're found out.
Also useful would be adding the contribsrange.js gadget so that users can easily see vandalism from IP ranges. Gotitbro (talk) 13:22, 13 May 2019 (UTC)


...regarding Rollback on "bicamerality"; (as a complete newbie to the process, I hope not to get lost in the weeds of Wiki, but I am concerned about the topic in question, and I'd like it done right in the dictionary). I created the entry for "bicamerality" and a day later reconsidered the various 'senses' of meaning as overly subtle, so I shouldn't be thought a vandal for rewriting my own first effort. My total revision was an attempt to be precise, clear and uncontroversial about the two fundamental meanings as used by the originator of the concept. (BTW, I anticipate some future controversy about this.) Thank you. B.Sirota (talk) 11:00, 13 May 2019 (UTC) ... meta-question: how and by whom does a Rollback get Undone? B.Sirota (talk) 11:56, 13 May 2019 (UTC)

  • You removed RfV tags out of process. You need to provide evidence to back up your definitions. If provided, the RfV tags will be deleted; if not, the definitions will be removed. SemperBlotto (talk) 12:39, 13 May 2019 (UTC)

...My action and intention, indeed, was to bring the definitions (not the Rfv tags) to a quick and painless death - in order to allow for a new incarnation. What is the shortcut to that intended outcome, please? If I can't do it, who can? B.Sirota (talk) 21:45, 13 May 2019 (UTC)


I don't know Latin, but am I correct in thinking that this—using "inspians" and "inspiante" in place of "inspirans" and "inspirante"—was in error? Rebbing 02:34, 26 May 2019 (UTC)

  • Looks like it. Feel free to correct any entry that is wrong. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:21, 26 May 2019 (UTC)

Decision stream: reverted edits by[edit]

Dear SemperBlotto,

Maybe the definition given by authors of article "Decision Stream: Cultivating Deep Decision Trees", which is used in Macmillan and Urban Dictionaries, can be added to Wikitionary:

Decision stream is a statistic-based supervised learning technique that generates a deep directed acyclic graph of decision rules to solve classification and regression tasks

If you agree, you can revert your edit to version of or inform me about your opinion. 19:23, 27 May 2019 (UTC)

Entry for "αρbε̰ρ" (arbër)[edit]

During the Ottoman empire several scripts were used to write in Arbërisht: latin, greek, arabic, etc. Arbërisht (αρbε̰ρίσ̈τ) is still written in the greek Alphabet, but only by an minority group living in Greece (called 'Arvanites' in Greek). Arbëreshë living in Italy use the latin Alphabet, same goes for modern Albanian. Arbërisht is Old Albanian. Also "Arbërisht" (the native term) is called "Arvanitika" in greek tongue. Arvanitika is an endagered language. I don't quite get why my entry should be deleted. IMIPER (talk) 16:17, 30 May 2019 (UTC)

immersion heater[edit]

Hiya, I thought your definition was right when I first looked at it, but apparently it isn't, according to Oxford it's a heating element (and images seem to back this up). It's something I discovered when working on a translation from Norwegian. DonnanZ (talk) 20:33, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

I misinterpreted the definition. Never mind. DonnanZ (talk) 09:02, 7 June 2019 (UTC)


Dear SemperBlotto,

the page history of the word mentioned above tells me that You created the page some time ago. So I´d like to make two suggestions:

  1. "sondergleichen" is never inflected in German. Could You please remove the declension table from the entry and add an according note? (if I would do this it would be seen as vandalism.)
  2. "sondergleichen" is always placed behind the noun which it refers to, e.g. "eine Frechheit sondergleichen" ("an extraordinary impertinence"), so the Duden classifies it as an adverb (but it´s an adverb that´s always used in an appositive position). Could You please add a usage note in this regard?

I hope You don´t mind if I don´t follow this silly wiktionary custom of telling people to keep away from languages they don´t know as native speakers whenenver they make minor mistakes, because I think even with the present flaws the page contains valuable information and am grateful that You have bothered to create the entry. Thank You. -- 18:12, 10 June 2019 (UTC)

IP makes correct points. The forms need to be deleted. Fay Freak (talk) 18:42, 10 June 2019 (UTC)

User:IvanP's deletion requests[edit]

Please see the recent contributions of IvanP, they have flagged several SemperBlottoBot creations for immediate deletion. I can switch them to RFDs if appropriate, or if they look wrong to you we can just delete them summarily. Thanks. - TheDaveRoss 12:10, 24 June 2019 (UTC)

That user is correct, those are incorrect forms and should be deleted. — Mnemosientje (t · c) 10:40, 25 June 2019 (UTC)

Definition of "original research"[edit]

Hi SemperBlotto!

I was looking through my Wiktionary definitions file and found this definition for original research: "new research, as opposed to review or synthesis of earlier research" but it lacks the author and date of composition, I have it as 25 June 2009. I also found that this definition has been deleted. I won't be entering this or another definition but would like to credit the author. Can you help with this? --Marshallsumter (talk) 16:42, 2 July 2019 (UTC)

On 30 June 2006 Gorrut created the page with the definition "Unverified material.". On 10 August 2006 Scs changed the definition to "The production of brand-new ideas via hypothesis, experimentation, and/or deduction, as opposed to mere review or resynthesis of earlier knowledge in the field." On 19 November 2006 Pathoschild changed the definition to "new research, as opposed to review or synthesis of earlier research.". DTLHS (talk) 16:58, 2 July 2019 (UTC)
Thank you! --Marshallsumter (talk) 18:18, 2 July 2019 (UTC)

Misspellings are really good[edit]

Please create as many as possible. Equinox 05:52, 7 July 2019 (UTC)

  • I create them as I come across them. SemperBlotto (talk) 05:54, 7 July 2019 (UTC)
  • This was ironic. Please stop, Jesus Christ... Equinox 00:14, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

Re: Reverted edits by If you think this rollback is in error, please leave a message on my talk page.[edit]

twat#Usage notes is an unreferenced personal opinion of User:CecilWard who added it on Jan 14.

WT:EL#Usage notes states: "Be prepared to document these notes with references."

I challenge you to document these notes with references, otherwise they are liable to be reverted again. -- 06:01, 8 July 2019 (UTC)

hold and carry[edit]

Can you please add the below quote and a definition to the entries for hold and carry? I am not capable of defining the terms.

    • 2019 July 14, Stephan Shemilt, “England win Cricket World Cup: Ben Stokes stars in dramatic finale against New Zealand”, in BBC Sport[1], London:
      After Liam Plunkett was held at long-off in Neesham's 49th over, Trent Boult carried the ball over the boundary for a Stokes six before Archer was bowled.
  • And probably set too. I guess it means an over
2019 July 14, Stephan Shemilt, “England win Cricket World Cup: Ben Stokes stars in dramatic finale against New Zealand”, in BBC Sport[2], London:
That left 15 needed from Boult's final set. Two dots were followed by a heave over deep mid-wicket, then came the outrageous moment of fortune.


I don't think you (or your bot) erred per se--I'm sure I did something unorthodox--but what, exactly? Please talk to me.Brogo13 (talk) 06:24, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

You added a personal comment and a link to a completely unrelated YouTube video to the pronunciation section in a dictionary entry- basically graffiti without the spray paint. I'm not going to second-guess SemperBlotto here, but I would have blocked you on the spot. This is a dictionary, not a platform for you to promote stuff. Chuck Entz (talk) 07:23, 16 July 2019 (UTC)


Noob, clearly you know nothing. Take time to read William Henry Scott's Barangay. 10:10, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

  • And you should take time to read how to format Wiktionary entries. SemperBlotto (talk) 15:37, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

Why reversion of Gerund?[edit]

Why? JonRichfield (talk) 12:23, 21 July 2019 (UTC)

  • The examples you gave were simple adjectives, not gerunds. See the entry's definitions. SemperBlotto (talk) 12:47, 21 July 2019 (UTC)
OK, but then what about the previous example? It gives "Examples (verb form that functions as an adverb)". Why not remove that one too? "walking" in "while walking" is no "verbal noun". It was in fact the presence of that example that moved me to include the present participle example to complete the collection. In "the man's walking" we have a definite noun, qualifying nothing. In "The man is reading while walking", there is no justification for calling it a noun; see whether you can re-word it sensibly with an unambiguous noun, such as "The man is reading while a weight". JonRichfield (talk) 14:21, 21 July 2019 (UTC)
We have over 6 million entries. Are you suggesting he needs to proofread all of those before he can revert anything? Those of us who patrol Special:RecentChanges get at list of recent edits- sometimes a thousand new ones every day. The best we can do is spot problems in those edits, do what we can in a minute or two to fix or remove them, and move on to the next edit.
At any rate, I just looked at the example. It's in Russian, and is an example of the second definition, a type of adverbial participle not found in English. The English translation is grammatically different from the Russian original and doesn't contain a gerund in either sense- it represents the meaning, not the structure. A closer rendering would be "impermissible/inadvisable [to] cross street, reading newspaper". The fact that читая (čitaja, reading) is imperfective and adverbial adds nuances somewhat equivalent to "while" modifying "reading" in English. A different type of participle presumably wouldn't do that.
You need to pay better attention: the fact that the sentence was in Russian and that the word in question wasn't a noun should have tipped you off that you were missing something. Besides, if you don't know enough about gerunds to come up with an example without cribbing from the others, it's probably not safe for you to be adding them to a reference work. Chuck Entz (talk) 22:12, 21 July 2019 (UTC)
Tsktsking! Such righteous indignation! >Are you suggesting he needs to proofread all of those before he can revert anything?< Are you sure you read that before you posted it? It is totally irrelevant to anything I said, or anything SB said. There was no suggestion that he needed to read anything but the item he reverted. You need to pay better attention: the Russian item was in fact interesting (Participle, please note), but the entry you refer to was in English, and without any apparent explanation to non-Slavophone readers, who simply would see a present continuous tense verb without any indication that in Russian it is a verbal noun of sorts. And: >Besides, if you don't know enough about gerunds to come up with an example without cribbing from the others,< You don't seem to know enough about cribbing (gerund, please note) to justify getting (Gerund, please note!) snotty about it; the deliberate resemblance between the examples was specifically to show up the contrasts and had nothing (Not a gerund, please note!) to do with gerunds in English, which incidentally, you should know more about before you undertake to represent a verb in English as a gerund, because it corresponds to a verbal noun in a different language. Besides if you don't know enough about logic to recognise deliberate contrast in corresponding (Participle, please note) items when your nose is rubbed in it, it's probably not safe for you to be assessing (present tense continuous, please note! What would it be in Russian?) additions to a reference work. I have neither the time nor the energy to waste on wikiwarriors. Kindly mind your manners in future and keep your tantrums away from your keyboard. If you feel you must relieve your stresses somehow, go to that Russian example, and either remove it or clarify it adequately for non-Slavophones, or move it to an item other than "gerund"; that would do more to improve Wiktionary, than biting other editors without making sense of the situation. JonRichfield (talk) 05:04, 22 July 2019 (UTC)
Still no response on the inclusion of a non-gerund in the gerund entry. I propose the following edit to mitigate the confusion to which the present example exposes the non-Russophone: If I hear nothing in reasonable time, I shall proceed, say as in the following example (I am not fussy about details, as long as the sense is not confusing; frankly, I think that in modern English the distinctions between "verbal" parts of speech such as "verbal nouns, adverbs, etc" are so sloppy and arbitrary as hardly to be worth conserving, but I leave such reflections for the mental masticating of the powers in being.) I append another example, but whether you bother to consider including it is up to you; it is as valid, and in not requiring a Cyrillic typeface has some advantages in context. JonRichfield (talk) 15:55, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Examples (verb forms that function as parts of speech other than nouns in languages other than English)

Russian: Нельзя переходить улицу, читая газету.
One shouldn’t cross a street while reading a newspaper.


Examples (verb forms that function as parts of speech other than nouns in languages other than English)

Afrikaans: Daardie vent stap al lesende die straat oor!
That fellow is crossing the street while reading!


I think that "reading" in those English examples is a present participle - but I'm not an expert of grammar, so feel free to raise the point in the beer parlour. SemperBlotto (talk) 16:00, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
I don't mind doing that, and what you say is true, depending how one looks at it, but it applies exactly similarly in the Russian example, and for the same reason. I commonly see examples of words classed as gerunds that I for one disagree with. That sort of thing is why the very concept of a gerund is largely out of fashion nowadays, as you may see mentioned in the wikipedia article. I am perfectly happy to play it either way and am not willing to set standards for wiktionary, because there is no doubt that there are multiple ways of looking at it, and the last thing we want is a wikiwar about a fairly minor point. There appears to be a major upheaval in theory of grammar lately; the definition of eg "adjective" has been changed out of recognition since I was at school. JonRichfield (talk) 18:36, 1 August 2019 (UTC)


Sorry. I'd copied some of it from ħu because the grammatical information is similar. Corrected. Means "sister" of course. 08:38, 25 July 2019 (UTC)

majolica adj.[edit]

In the phrase "Minton Parian ware is sometimes decorated with coloured glazes", is 'coloured' an adjective? In the phrase "Minton Parian ware is sometimes decorated with majolica glazes", is 'majolica' an adjective? Trying to get my head around it. Davidmadelena (talk) 15:42, 28 July 2019 (UTC)

  • "coloured" is an adjective. "majolica", in this phrase, is a noun being used attributively as an adjective. SemperBlotto (talk) 16:07, 28 July 2019 (UTC)


Hello, you created contactisation as an alt. form of contactization, which currently doesn't exist. Any chance you have a definition you could include at either page? - TheDaveRoss 12:40, 30 July 2019 (UTC)

  • I've only succeeded in kicking the can down the road. SemperBlotto (talk) 12:45, 30 July 2019 (UTC)

early modern[edit]

I added this term to the Category:English oxymorons category and you reverted the edit. Said category is for "English terms that are juxtapositions of opposing ideas". Do you disagree that the term early modern is an oxymoron? --Twurl (talk) 05:40, 4 August 2019 (UTC)

  • Yes, I do. SemperBlotto (talk) 05:42, 4 August 2019 (UTC)
    • Can you elaborate? --Twurl (talk) 05:51, 4 August 2019 (UTC)
  • It refers to the "early" part of what historians's call the "modern" period. If anything, it would be "sum of parts" except that historians use it as a set phrase. SemperBlotto (talk) 05:53, 4 August 2019 (UTC)


I was in the process of adding definitions from the public domain source: <<Imported public domain definitions from Burrill, A. (1867). Law Dictionary and Glossary (Burrill's Law Dictionary). New York, Baker, Voorhis Co.>> and you lightning reverted me. I accidentally hit save before I was done adding my edit summary and touching up the quote template. It's good information from the source underlying the Webster's public domain definition that was there before my reverted change to the page; not sure why it was suppressed so quickly.--Rajulbat (talk) 18:58, 11 August 2019 (UTC)

  • Firstly, it was badly formatted. I would have corrected the formatting but then thought that it looked like it had been copied directly from another dictionary - we don't normally allow that. SemperBlotto (talk) 19:19, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
  • More specifically: You added an etymology at a wrong place, and you added quotes with cryptic references. “Bract. fol. 1 b.” is not an acceptable cite and it would be hard to clean such quotes up if we ever allowed them. Technically you could plagiarize an old dictionary if the quotes were OK formatted, although I do not recommend adding quotes you have not seen. Plus you banjaxed the formatting as some quotes were not collapsed. Fay Freak (talk) 19:21, 11 August 2019 (UTC)

Well, I wasn't done yet. I'll try to correct the deficits you complained about and would ask that you allow me some time to bring the definitions into compliance and refrain in the meantime from undoing my earnest contributions. Your complaints are related to form, which does not in my opinion justify deleting the substance. - - Rajulbat (talk) 19:54, 11 August 2019 (UTC)


I think your rollback was an error. I explain on the talk page to fascism. Volunteer1234 (talk) 23:12, 11 August 2019 (UTC)

generic message[edit]

Hey. Been messaging all BCs for fun. Just thought you should know that I'm disappointed about the lack of Bristol pound and £B... --Gibraltar Rocks (talk) 23:50, 19 August 2019 (UTC)

  • Added. Keep on taking the tablets. (and I'll try to add an image some time) SemperBlotto (talk) 05:42, 20 August 2019 (UTC)
  • I wonder who is behind this piece of madness. I thoroughly approve. Hopefully people will think "this is ridiculous, it's just a piece of metal with no intrinsic value" and then realise that also applies to their 'real' money, and go back to trading sheep. Equinox 06:09, 20 August 2019 (UTC)


I've replied to your comment on my page. — Paul G (talk) 06:41, 25 August 2019 (UTC)


Your rollback is an error, because the definition you have rolled back to is erroneous.-- 15:42, 29 August 2019 (UTC)

  • Yes. You are correct. My apologies. SemperBlotto (talk) 15:44, 29 August 2019 (UTC)


The above does not appear in GNV: porcelanid, porcellanid at Google Ngram Viewer. It should be deleted as a rare misspelling, shouldn't it? --Dan Polansky (talk) 14:31, 30 August 2019 (UTC)

  • Maybe. I'm harvesting PLosONE - there are two hits here. SemperBlotto (talk) 14:35, 30 August 2019 (UTC)

Community Insights Survey[edit]

RMaung (WMF) 14:34, 9 September 2019 (UTC)

I think you was too hard to delete my user page.[edit]

I think you was too hard to delete my user page. I need the page to try how to write the wiki code. There were no information, only word HeLLO. The rules say the speedy deletion mostly applied for offensive or blog-like content. Also I use user page to make Wiktionary bookmarks like Wiktionary:Style guide. Is bookmarks allowed? Thank you. PoetVeches (talk) 21:33, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

I just received a complaint from another user (off-wiki) about you deleting their user page. Semper, just please stop doing it by default — it doesn't help the dictionary, but it does dissuade new editors. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 21:45, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

What's wrong with ю[edit]

Why was this change rolled back?

  • You said it was Church Slavonic, but then used Old Church Slavonic in the templates. You need to make up your mind which it is. SemperBlotto (talk) 09:25, 16 September 2019 (UTC)

Church Slavonic and the ISO 639-2 standard says that it uses the same code as Old Church Slavonic, cu.-- ПростаРечь (talk) 09:45, 16 September 2019 (UTC)

Which code should I use?

May I continue adding Ostrog Bible terms as Old Church Slavonic (title and code) for a while? I am scared of a mood disappearing ПростаРечь (talk) 15:13, 16 September 2019 (UTC)

Good-Faith IP Adding Bad Entries[edit]

While I concur with your deletion of Sarfati and Kashny (I would have used "no usable content given"), I disagree with the block, and have unblocked the IP. They should only be blocked if they persist in making bad entries after being given a chance to learn from their mistakes. Even then, I would block for "disruptive edits". I'm not sure what language those entries are, or whether they meet CFI, but I don't doubt that those terms are real. Chuck Entz (talk) 13:21, 16 September 2019 (UTC)

I just noticed that you had to delete Sarfati twice. In that case a shorter block for "recreating deleted entries" would have made sense. My main problem was with the choice of block reason more than the block itself. Chuck Entz (talk) 13:31, 16 September 2019 (UTC)


Hi Semper. I was the one who added the def of intermediate that you removed: "(language education) A language proficiency level between elementary and advanced, or commonly between pre-intermediate and upper intermediate." Actually, I was going to add the whole suite of these terms (i.e. beginner, elementary, intermediate, pre-intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced) since they are pretty much universal across the ESL world and hence highly frequent terms. My starting point was that I wanted to add "pre-int", which is the colloquial shortening and obviously a good word for the dictionary, but you can't have "pre-int" without "pre-intermediate", and you can't have that without the others. These terms are relatively specific in terms of the language features taught, e.g. elementary covers present simple, past simple, adverbs of frequency, count/uncount nouns, articles, etc., whereas pre-int covers present perfect, and so on. What do you think? - Sonofcawdrey (talk) 23:11, 18 September 2019 (UTC)

  • You added it as a noun. I don't think that can be correct. Feel free to add some sort of adjective if you think that the language education sense is different to what we already have. SemperBlotto (talk) 10:09, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
OIC. Shouldn't try to do things in a rush when at work. Thanks - Sonofcawdrey (talk) 12:22, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

Reminder: Community Insights Survey[edit]

RMaung (WMF) 19:13, 20 September 2019 (UTC)


Hi SB. Yet again I'm unsure about how to make an entry. You can find it on 'Pedia as Cumex Trading, or Cumex Fraud. Seems that the usual spelling is with a hyphen. Part of the problem is that it is a Latin expression with a testified common English usage. Could you make an attempt at a definition, please? If you do, perhaps you could add Category Oxymoron. (LOL). Thanks again. -- ALGRIF talk 11:19, 21 September 2019 (UTC)

I have created an entry. Equinox 11:53, 21 September 2019 (UTC)

Why do you delete the word fragnet ??!![edit]

This is a technical term used on Project management topics , I will give you all reffrences : Delay Analysis in Construction Contracts book by P. J. Keane & A. F. Caletka (→ISBN) Pages :117, 51 , 140 , 143 , 144, 145 , 146, 147 , 148 ,149,150, 155,157,158,257 and 273 . Another Book : Construction Project Scheduling and Control Third Edition by : Saleh Mubarak (→ISBN, →ISBN (epdf) ) Page :347 Another sources :

So we need to add this word becuase it is a common word on project mangement topics . Omda4wady (talk) 12:42, 25 September 2019 (UTC)

  • Because your "definition" didn't make much sense. I've added a proper definition. SemperBlotto (talk) 13:36, 25 September 2019 (UTC)

Why was my user page deleted?[edit]

It is a copy of my user page on Wikipedia. What's wrong with it, and how is there "no usable content given"? It just tells readers a few things about myself; isn't that what user pages are supposed to do? I've read both of the policy pages linked in the deletion log, but they don't seem to cover user pages in depth, only actual definitions. Please clarify your reasons for deletion, and please restore if possible. 𝕎𝕚𝕜𝕚𝕎𝕒𝕣𝕣𝕚𝕠𝕣𝟡𝟡𝟙𝟡 (talk) 13:01, 27 September 2019 (UTC)

  • I know nothing of Wikipedia's policies. Here, we like at least a babel template - so other editors can judge your edits. We are not interested in personal stuff. SemperBlotto (talk) 14:36, 27 September 2019 (UTC)

Is -anine a meaningful chemical suffix?[edit]

I noticed that there are terms that seem to be formed using -anine as a suffix, eg, theanine and ipomeanine. If so, it would not be too hard to find, eg, by regex search, the existing entries that are candidates for etymologies with the suffix. Is it clear that there is a meaning to the suffix? Could there be more than one meaning? DCDuring (talk) 05:22, 2 October 2019 (UTC)

  • I think it is just a form of -ine used after a terminal "a". Feel free to add it. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:15, 2 October 2019 (UTC)
    See to make sure I didn't misdivide the morphemes and see whether there some meaning other than alt. form of -ine. There might be a few others that would make it into the category, but I can't be sure of the other morpheme. DCDuring (talk) 16:29, 2 October 2019 (UTC)

Reminder: Community Insights Survey[edit]

RMaung (WMF) 17:04, 4 October 2019 (UTC)


Hey. Plz undelete my userpage. Thx--Vealhurl (talk) 09:56, 9 October 2019 (UTC)

  • You don't need one. We all know who you are. SemperBlotto (talk) 09:57, 9 October 2019 (UTC)
    • Ok, thx for your help --Vealhurl (talk) 10:27, 9 October 2019 (UTC)


Hi, could you please tell me why you reverted my changes on hydrogen? I assume it might be that what I added to the definition 1 was already in definition 2? If so, I do want to point out that that these refer to different things, 1 is hydrogen the atom and 2 is the molecule, also called dihydrogen (might be worth adding that too, actually), so while it is maybe obvious that they would have the same characteristics, I think it should be worth mentioning.

As for the reference, is it because I didn't follow a certain template or something like that?

(I'm not trying to pick a fight, I'm new, so please tell me what I'm doing wrong!) TVI1690075 (talk) 01:29, 10 October 2019 (UTC)

  • That information was (and is) already there. And don't forget we are a dictionary - we leave encyclopedic information to Wikipedia. And, of course, there is a difference subtle between the element and the substance. SemperBlotto (talk) 05:52, 10 October 2019 (UTC)

hasta la vista[edit]

Why have you reverted my edit? ( What's wrong with it? 𝕎𝕚𝕜𝕚𝕎𝕒𝕣𝕣𝕚𝕠𝕣𝟡𝟡𝟙𝟡 (talk) 15:32, 18 October 2019 (UTC)

  • ===Definition=== is not one of our section headings. You put the pronunciation in the wrong place. SemperBlotto (talk) 20:13, 18 October 2019 (UTC)

Why have you reverted my changes to trull?[edit]

Hello! Why have you rolled back the changes to the trull page? There's a Wikipedia page about this meaning (wikipedia:Trull (cards)) and it's pretty much used in texts about card games. Хтосьці (talk) 07:12, 21 October 2019 (UTC)

Dharma wiki[edit]

Hi, Thank you kindly for taking your time to send me wiki guideline and policy regarding source and citation. The situation is, definition of Dharma is barely sufficient in formal Indonesian dictionary (, as with many other words. For learners, we often look for alternatives in wiki or blogs. Wiki is one of our library to share and obtain knowledge outside formal papers, especially word usage and etymology(!). If you prohibit posting without formal paper citation or from reputable people, which is a good guideline but not often applicable, will this medium stay wiki at all? I'm sure the Balinese definition of dharma doesn't include citation too. Also, it is not really a correct usage. Please advice, since I take this seriously, reading articles about its usage in hindu culture from which buddhist teaching derived from. I made efforts to read sanskrit letters to distinguish its usage from similar terms such as dhana which is also erroneously used in Indonesia.

Thank you for any advice you can send this way and maybe a liiiil bit of leeway regarding the citation. YogiHalim (talk) 17:44, 21 October 2019 (UTC)

Ah I read in your other talks that this is a dictionary (Wiktionary), as opposed to wikipedia. It's too bad because I would like to contribute here for fellow learners, however I understand. YogiHalim (talk) 17:49, 21 October 2019 (UTC)

Edit filter false positive[edit]

"This action has been automatically identified as harmful, and therefore disallowed. If you believe your action was constructive, please inform an administrator of what you were trying to do. A brief description of the abuse rule which your action matched is: vandal edit summaries: 'nothing', 'idk', 'made it better' etc." My edit to stoichiometry was in no way unconstructive or inappropriate; I was simply trying to edit the translation table. ωικιωαrrιorᑫᑫ1ᑫ 13:23, 24 October 2019 (UTC)

It's not that your edit had any problems, but that you used an edit summary that vandals use all the time when they trash entries. This is the first time I've ever seen it on a constructive edit, and I've seen it lots of times over the years.
I didn't write the filter, but it prevents enough vandalism that it's probably not a good idea to disable it. If you get that message, just change your edit summary and try again. Chuck Entz (talk) 13:49, 24 October 2019 (UTC)


Hi SemperBlotto, I think this edit was legitimate and shouldn't have been reverted. The phrase "caffeine withdrawal" returns 224.000 hits on Google, which is almost as many as "heroin withdrawal" (326.000 results). Or is there a policy, of which I wouldn't be aware, calling for the removal of that example? Cheers --Edcolins (talk) 19:16, 24 October 2019 (UTC)

We could list every single kind of "withdrawal" as an example, but then the entry would become stupidly long when we could achieve the same effect with just a few. The extra example you added doesn't provide anything new to the entry. —Rua (mew) 19:33, 24 October 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for your reply, but I beg to disagree. Three examples do not make the entry "stupidly long". In my opinion, the example 'caffeine withdrawal' shows that the term 'withdrawal' may also be used with substances generally regarded as healthier than heroin and nicotine. In fact, the example also shows that the definition "A type of metabolic shock the body undergoes when a substance, usually a toxin such as heroin, to which a patient is addicted is withheld. Sometimes used with the substance as modifier." might be slightly inaccurate. Apparently, according to Wikipedia, "[c]affeine addiction, or a pathological and compulsive form of use, has not been documented in humans." (w:en:Caffeine dependence#Dependence, second sentence). Nevertheless, the phrase 'caffeine withdrawal' is quite common. Perhaps, a better definition would read: "... to which a patient is addicted or dependent is withheld...". --Edcolins (talk) 20:17, 24 October 2019 (UTC)
I have corrected the definition for now. --Edcolins (talk) 20:59, 6 November 2019 (UTC)


I'm curious why you removed the mad max use of the word sprog. It predates the other references on that page and I was watching the movie live when i edited that page. I assure you it's there. —This unsigned comment was added by 2601:647:5400:50fb:a9ab:5f92:bbf1:9b05 (talk).

What he reverted wasn't a use of the word, it was a vague mention of a use of the word. That would be fine on the talk page, but not in the place in the entry where actual quotes and/or examples of the word being used are supposed to go. Chuck Entz (talk) 04:35, 25 October 2019 (UTC)

fair enough. However, I'm not involved in this community enough to understand the subtleties of the difference. I truly came to that page because I heard a reference to a word and was wondering about its origin and found that I heard one that pre-dated the ones on that page. I encourage someone who can draft it properly to update this entry. Thanks. —This unsigned comment was added by 2601:647:5400:50fb:21af:d042:3ff0:1ff (talk).


The revision of Hacke by the newly blocked 2a02:587:d0e:6000:d514:dff:4019:5696 contained a link to a private person's Facebook page, so I guess it should be hidden. To be fair, that link leads to a Facebook page of a person without visible friends nor a profile picture, so it probably isn't a gross privacy violation, but I'd guess it would still be better to hide it just for sure. Mölli-Möllerö (talk) 20:32, 2 November 2019 (UTC)


Is this an error for kaurenoid? I'm wondering because there's kaurene but no kaurane. Equinox 23:33, 25 November 2019 (UTC)

  • They seem to be synonyms according to Mr Google - with -anoid being more popular than -enoid. I'll adjust the definitions. ????

American Norwegian Wiktionary Page "mittu"[edit]

It seems that you have deleted the American Norwegian section of the word "mittu" in Wiktionary, with the reasoning "no such language". Indeed, it is not a language necessarily, but if you do some basic research on the matter you will see that it does, in fact, exist. The dialect of American Norwegian which has the word mittu is a dialect in which evolved within the United States over the course of 200 years and is quite different. Different enough for speakers of Norwegian from Norway to consider it very odd and different enough for speakers of this dialect to not be able to understand a lot of Norwegian spoken in Norway.

It does exist, and upon searching "American Norwegian" in Google, a YouTube video from Wikitongues shows me speaking American Norwegian.

Here are some links:

Video 1 - me

Video 2 - similar dialect

An article about numerous Norwegian dialects in the US

An Omniglot page

More on American Norwegian dialects and how similar they are considered

A study of such dialects

--Rhaløstø (talk) 16:27, 24 December 2019 (UTC)

If it's Norwegian, add it as a Norwegian entry and label it with {{lb|no|US}}. But only do so if it meets WT:ATTEST — that means uses (not mentions) of this word in published books and studies, not YouTube videos. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 18:17, 24 December 2019 (UTC)
It is Norwegian, but it's a dialect which has words and grammar structures which aren't found in mainland Norway due to being separated by an ocean and on a completely different hemisphere, mittu being one of them. The problem with me being able to add things that are used (and not just mentioned) in any published books and studies is that there are very minimal resources on American Norwegian. Very minimal amounts of actual spoken or written passages in it (the actual dialect and not just American speakers of Oslo Norwegian from Duolingo with an American accent), so regardless it's next to impossible to actually cite any books or studies which use this specific word. Nothing about this will change if American Norwegian doesn't start showing up on places. I've been trying to do my absolute best with trying to get American Norwegian more recognized before it likely completely dies out within the next couple generations, and I can't do much of that if people keep removing everything I put in it and say "you must have A, B, and C or else it can't be added" even though a super minority and endangered dialect/language may not have A or B. It would be useless to add it as a Norwegian entry (under either bokmål or nynorsk) when it's not used in either of the standards or even on the mainland where it's spoken by 5 million people. The whole point of me attempting to add the word is for more recognition of American Norwegian in the world. Having it be deleted because there's "no such language" even when basic research proves otherwise is unfathomably annoying. --Rhaløstø (talk) 04:50, 2 January 2020 (UTC)
Our standards are indeed very hard for poorly documented dialects of well documented languages. But you have to understand that we can't accept words because you say they're real — we need actual evidence. Are there really no newspapers or other publications you could look at, or have you not tried? —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 04:57, 2 January 2020 (UTC)
There are none from what I've seen at all that have this specific word.--Rhaløstø (talk) 22:11, 27 January 2020 (UTC)

melon, mellon, mellone[edit]

Are these all the same thing? If so, they should probably be centralised on the best of the three definitions, with the other two as alt forms. Equinox 23:18, 26 December 2019 (UTC)


I could’ve sworn I saw the term in a cartoon where a man walks up to an information desk asking to be “informated”. —2600:6C5D:5B00:2B99:20FD:E992:6BA3:6FF 09:08, 2 February 2020 (UTC)

greater than[edit]

Is there something wrong with the edit I had made to this page? For the entry to less than, the recent addition was made of "denoting having a smaller amount or number." I thought it would be fitting to add a comparable/complementary addition to the definition of greater than. Imetsia (talk) 16:14, 3 March 2020 (UTC)


Was there something wrong with my etymology? Imetsia (talk) 16:20, 14 March 2020 (UTC)

  • Sorry - I think I reverted the wrong page. Reinstated. SemperBlotto (talk) 16:24, 14 March 2020 (UTC)


I'm a Bicolano myself. Bicol Region comprises the 4 provinces on the mainland (Bicol Peninsula) and the 2 offshore provinces.

The language can be both 'Bicol' or 'Bicolano' Mayon V (talk) 05:14, 16 March 2020 (UTC)

My User Page[edit]

Why did you delete my user page? 12:46, 30 March 2020 (UTC)

The term "cuttle"[edit]


As per Wiktionary standards, I have edited the page "cuttle" to reflect the fact that the term "cuttle" is an English term inherited from Proto-Germanic. It is not an Old English term, and therefore shouldn't be tagged as such -- 01:59, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

Blak is accepted colloquial terminology for Aboriginal Australian[edit]

that is all Luca Ittimani (talk) 06:31, 7 April 2020 (UTC)


Blotto you've been here years longer than I have, but I still have to baby-sit and tidy up your nouns. If you can say "I've got X", or "I am using some X in my test-tube" (like arthritis, or aniline) then it should not be {{en-noun}}, because that doesn't support uncountability. It might be {{en-noun|?}} (question mark means "I dunno about the countability or plural, I haven't checked" -- this is better than putting a fake plural that might not exist) or it might be {{en-noun|~}} which means "we have the obvious -s plural but it isn't always countable" (like "this is SOME RICE, but from Asia we can obtain OTHER RICES"). If you don't understand this then please use the {{en-noun|?}} so that someone can fix it later. You don't know how much I appreciate your work in creating (bio)chemical terms but it is getting a bit tiresome to put the "~" on all of them. Thanks for your consideration. kisses, Equinox 00:20, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

  • I'll take more care. Keep taking the tablets. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:49, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

Could you please block the account as well?[edit]

Could you please block TriggeringiPad? wikiguy (say hi! | what I did) 07:36, 12 April 2020 (UTC)

I thought...[edit]

We don’t use other languages than English. See my first edit. wikiguy (say hi! | what I did) 07:46, 12 April 2020 (UTC)

My first edit was reverted because Chuck Entz told me “English Only” wikiguy (say hi! | what I did) 07:49, 12 April 2020 (UTC)


Thank you for moving the page! I’m not sure if it’s even possible to see, but I was in the midst of writing a move request just as you moved it. ArbDardh (talk) 13:02, 12 April 2020 (UTC)ArbDardh

Re. "if" rollback[edit]

I've offered a detailed summary or explanation as well as pertinent references for each of my edits/rollbacks to avoid any appearance of being arbitrary or capricious. I appreciate other users' efforts to do the same. See User_talk:PUC#Your_interest_in_"if" for more; see also


Hello, please you reverted my edit on Coronavirus in English Wiktionary. Please i want to know the errors in the edits for which it was removed. Be kind enough to guide me through. Regards --Oby Ezeilo (talk) 11:33, 16 April 2020 (UTC)

  • You added an Etymology section that wasn't an etymology, and you added some text to the definition that wasn't a definition. SemperBlotto (talk) 13:53, 16 April 2020 (UTC)
    Plus corona virus (not "Coronavirus") is an alternative form entry, which shouldn't have a definition or an etymology- those belong at the main entry, coronavirus. The definition there, however, already covers it just fine. The information added in the edit belongs in an encyclopedia more than in a dictionary. Chuck Entz (talk) 14:17, 16 April 2020 (UTC)


The Montreal IP who specializes in mass-creation of schlock on various scientific topics has decided they're an expert on biochemistry this week. See propanediol as a starting point. It looks to me like mostly useless cruft, but I don't know the subject well enough to judge. Chuck Entz (talk) 04:55, 24 April 2020 (UTC)

  • It's not actually wrong, but rather encyclopedic for us. I'll keep an eye out. SemperBlotto (talk) 05:10, 24 April 2020 (UTC)

which runner[edit]

Hi. I don't get your addition to running lane. What's the runner supposed to refer to? A working or driveable automobile? --Vitoscots (talk) 12:28, 24 April 2020 (UTC)

  • The very first definition - a person who runs. SemperBlotto (talk) 14:07, 24 April 2020 (UTC)
    • Why would people go running on a highway? --Vitoscots (talk) 14:58, 24 April 2020 (UTC)
      • Well I don't, but I think it's called "road racing". SemperBlotto (talk) 15:00, 24 April 2020 (UTC)
        • Interestingly, they mention running lanes when talking about highways here. Nothing to do with athletics, surely. --Vitoscots (talk) 15:02, 24 April 2020 (UTC)
          • That seems to be a lane (of a highway) used by motor traffic. SemperBlotto (talk) 15:05, 24 April 2020 (UTC)

"fagot" alternative form of "faggot" (offensive, vulgar) "An annoying or inconsiderate person."[edit]

Why did you revert my edit? I added a widely used definition of the word "fagot" which is already included on the "faggot" page, using the correct format. "Fagot" is just another spelling of "faggot" in this context. If the definition belongs on the "faggot" page then certainly it belongs on the page for an alternative spelling of "faggot", "fagot". --2600:1700:958C:1290:4077:3237:CC11:A02E 16:40, 25 April 2020 (UTC)

Category:Pages with TemplateStyles errors[edit]

Why Category:Pages with TemplateStyles errors was deleted? -Naggy Nagumo (talk) 14:14, 26 April 2020 (UTC)

  • It was empty and probably incorrectly named. SemperBlotto (talk) 14:16, 26 April 2020 (UTC)
    Actually, it looks like it's real because it exists on Wikipedia. It will be filled when there are errors in <templatestyles> tags: for instance, when the tag attempts to transclude a page that does not have sanitized CSS in it. — Eru·tuon 16:21, 26 April 2020 (UTC)

Block me[edit]

Hi there. I've been working way too hard over the last few days. Can you please reward me with some forced time off? Thx in advance --Vitoscots (talk) 19:28, 26 April 2020 (UTC)

And if you see me around for the next few days with new accounts, same thing. Cheers --Vitoscots (talk) 19:32, 26 April 2020 (UTC)
Or else I'll keep sending you message on your talk page. --Vitoscots (talk) 19:37, 26 April 2020 (UTC)

I have to be honest, it didn’t occur to me until a few minutes ago that this is probably a returning user’s many alternative accounts. —(((Romanophile))) (contributions) 20:22, 26 April 2020 (UTC)

Superscripts in singular and plural ordinals.[edit]

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for watching over. I will try to write in understandable English.

— In Spanish we can use 1.ª or 1.º (with ordinal indicator) or 1.a or 1.o (with superscript). Althought ordinal indicators ª and º, and superscripts a and o are very similar in most typefaces, are not equal. E.g., ªaºo.

— I suggested to remove 1.ªs and 1.ºs (the ordinal indicators ª and º plus superscript s), and in its place to use and 1.os (with both letters in superscript), because there is no ordinal indicator s. Almost all typefaces will render it in different sizes, resulting in something unpleasant.

— In same cases we can use, both in superscript.

— And , , 1ªs, 1ºs, 1.ªs, 1.ºs, 1as, 1os: that's no Spanish, despite the extensive use of it. The same we can say from 1St or 1sT: that's no English for first.

Write me what do you think about it.

Thanks. IAVS Leroy (talk) 21:41, 29 April 2020 (UTC)

games in the park[edit]

Hi cutie. We can't play games in the park because it's full of horrible corona germs. But what do you think about this Italian entry and its plural? [3]. Hope you are well, yours sincerely, Equinox 00:31, 5 May 2020 (UTC)

How can backuped be a misspelling of backed up?[edit]

They are obviously not homophonic! Rather, backuped is a misspelling of (possibly non-standard) backupped, since English orthography prescribes to double the last consonant of a stem ending on a stressed syllable written as VC when a vowel suffix is added to it. Ain92 (talk) 22:51, 13 May 2020 (UTC)

It's a misconstruction, not a misspelling. Equinox 01:16, 14 May 2020 (UTC)

spiritoso, spirituoso[edit]

Chambers 1908 has these as musical adverbs: "with spirit or animation". We only have one of the words and it's an Italian entry. Does the other exist in Italian too? Equinox 12:50, 14 May 2020 (UTC)

  • spiritoso is a musical directive - they can be considered nouns, adjectives and/or adverbs - added as adverb. spirituoso looks Italian but is not in any of my sources. I could guess that it means spirituous, but I think it is just a synonym for the other (as a musical directive). I'll be bold and add it. SemperBlotto (talk) 13:19, 14 May 2020 (UTC)
  • p.s. We have, as an example, andante as noun, adjective and adverb so I suppose that spiritoso ought really to have all three. SemperBlotto (talk) 13:23, 14 May 2020 (UTC)


Could the two senses for this noun really be combined into one? "A person who makes a political choice reluctantly" and "a person who creates nonconstructive political dissent" seem like very different definitions. And for the adjective part, why remove the labels? It's probably not ideal to add them all with {{tlb}} (as I did), but the information about the term being used chiefly in a political and journalistic context seems useful. So does the information about the term being a neologism. Imetsia (talk) 15:33, 20 May 2020 (UTC)

  • Feel free to adjust the entry - But I think the label should go with the definition, not with the headword. SemperBlotto (talk) 15:35, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
Okay, any thoughts on how to treat the labels though? I'd hate to add(journalism, politics, neologism) four times for four different definitions. Imetsia (talk) 15:39, 20 May 2020 (UTC)

Paper sizes[edit]

You've recently reverted my conversion of the definitions of A-paper sizes from English to Translingual. Per WT:AMUL, similar terms such as E numbers and ISO codes are considered translingual, and paper sizes are used ad verbatim in languages other than English. --17jiangz1 (talk) 13:48, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

  • Yes, you are correct. Please feel free to revert. SemperBlotto (talk) 13:50, 30 May 2020 (UTC)
    I'm not objecting, but WT:AMUL has not been voted on. It's hard to know what the limits of "Translingual" are. DCDuring (talk) 00:57, 31 May 2020 (UTC)