User talk:VitaminN

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Words make the world go around. We use them for business, conversation, love, and beauty; and making plants grow, apparently-- on the exhalation.

I recently discussed the difference between "pleasure" and "enjoyment." We agreed "pleasure" had lustier connotations and that "enjoyment" seems more innocent in nature. The reason for this is simple: the sound of the words as they come out of one's mouth. Strange, but oddly it makes sense to me.

As modern internet users, we all want access to verified information. As intellectuals, we know the words we use can dramatically impact others' responses to opinions as to how to resolve conflicts. With a shared database of verified information, we can get closer to resolving conflicts of interest faster and faster.

Advice for Admin and users, make sure to denote idiomatic or figurative uses of common words. Figures of speech may have many meanings however their meaning only becomes clear when the context in which they are used is apparent. For example to say, "I'd been hanging around for a while," would mean in the situation where someone is greeted that the speaker had been at that spot for a few minutes, not that that person had been hanging in a circular way for a period of simultaneous time. These sort of figures of speech are common to American idiomatic speech.

Also, the logic of words such as "and," "or," "but," "yet," "both," "any," "either," "neither ... nor," "another," "other," "none," "some," "all," etc. are often misconstrued semantically when used in figures of speech that combine nouns, adjectives, verbs, or nouns relating to time, demonstratives relating to space, relative pronouns, and verbs that have figurative meanings in certain contexts of personal interaction. As to maintaining appropriate definitions it would be useful for wiktionary to avoid compounds or two words put together to form a single definition. To make certain this project can have accurate information, at least in its early stages of development, it is imperative that idiomatic modern expressions are not allowed as entries until the definitions of single words are appropriately defined.

It is important to note which verbs are transitive or intransitive for the future of the project.

Phonemic value across western languages will soon become clear. However, I do not believe this should be a goal of any of the wiki projects. Just as in the European Community, the internet should value language, history, and art as an integral and unique part of separate internet cultures, regardless of the multilingual admin or intellectual user base.

To preserve cultures, native speakers should somehow be given preference in defining words.

I would like to see Japanese and Chinese tonal systems represented by numbers 1-5, 1 being low pitch tone to 5 being high pitch, in supertext font after the characters, as well as their phonetic pronunciations using the International Phonetic Alphabet.


Please see WT:CFI#Fictional_universes. These entries are not placed in the main namespace, but in separate Appendices for terms sepcific to that fictional universe, such as Appendix:Glossary of Harry Potter terms. --EncycloPetey 22:18, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

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You just replaced this page with something irrelevant. Please be more careful in future. Conrad.Irwin 22:33, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

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Again, welcome! Conrad.Irwin 22:33, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

jellyfish tree[edit]


Your definition of jellyfish tree seems to have been wrong; I've replaced it with what I believe to be the correct definition. Do you remember where you got your definition from? (Do you have any references for it, or did you see any sources using it that way?)

RuakhTALK 19:14, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

I was being an irresponsible user on purpose to make a point about the nature of wiki projects. I apologize.

I've been forgetting to login before making edits in the Tea Room. I'll be sure to login and use tildes from now on. Thanks for the note.