Wiktionary:Christmas Competition 2007

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This is to announce this year's Christmas competition, which is open to ALL contributors. The contest is structured similarly to the popular Easter competition held earlier this year, but is designed to tie in with Adverb Month.

The object of the competition is to construct an acrostic of adverbs modifying a verb - as in the following example.

The initial letters running down must spell out a verb (a single word with no spaces, hyphens, or the like). Each word running across must be an adverb that modifies that verb (in a non-metaphysical sense). Questionable entries may have the submitter challenged to construct a sentence in which the doubted adverb properly modifies the verb from the entry. No words used in an acrostic may be repeated. The initial word may be of any length.

Words (which must be wikified) must be from a single language, but may be in any language or script. Each word used MUST have a proper entry in this Wiktionary including a lemma page with a decent definition. Non-English entries may use a translation in place of a definition on the lemma page, but the English entry linked from the translation must exist and must have a decent definition. No entries using pages with "In an X manner" as the only definition wil be counted.

Scoring: Each entry will be scored as follows: Simply count the total number of letters in each word used in the entry. In the example above, there are three (3) letters in the verb, plus a total of twenty (20) letters from the three adverbs. This gives a total score of 23. For ideographic languages (such as Japanese or Mandarin), the score will use the number of letters and tone marks in the English pinyin / romaji.

The prize (a feeling of smug self-satisfaction and superiority) will go to the contributor of the highest scoring entry. Other prizes may be awarded as I think fit. The results will be awarded after Christmas (25 December 2007).

Small print. You must not alter or delete another person's entry, but you may copy and extend it. Each entry should finish with a note of its score, and be signed with four tildes. You are allowed to treat uppercase and lowercase letters as if they were the same, and similarly may add or remove diacritical marks at will.


Any script, you say?

overintellectualize 19
Sum is 271. (But not all yet have definitions other than "In a ... manner".)—msh210 22:13, 5 December 2007 (UTC)
  • a (English dialectal "have") 1
    ay (English alt spell of "aye" meaning "always") 2
    3. "I a ay wanted to do this." Cynewulf 02:59, 6 December 2007 (UTC)
    Well at least now I can say I didn't have the worst entry. ;-) DAVilla 22:49, 6 December 2007 (UTC)
Yay for adverbs! Total is 187. Nadando 01:09, 7 December 2007 (UTC)
Now I have entries to write... Circeus 23:14, 9 December 2007 (UTC)


  1. SemperBlotto has the highest score with 293.
  2. Cynewulf also earns a mention for the only entry in a language not using Roman script.
  3. DAVilla wins an anti-prize for single-handedly starting her own "mini"-competition.
  • Congratulations to everyone who posted any entry! Part of this contest was about having fun and generating new entries while doing so. In that respect, everyone who participated contributed to Wiktionary's environment and content. Thanks to all --EncycloPetey 04:30, 31 December 2007 (UTC)
  • Addendum: If someone has a good idea for the coming Easter competition, there's still some time left for planning!


  • Does the verb have to be in the infinitive - or could we have running instead of run (I do not have English verbs in mind)?
    No. I was very careful to say in the instructions to say that the word must have an entry and a properly formatted lemma. The verb selected need not be the infinitive or lemma form. --EncycloPetey 14:21, 5 December 2007 (UTC)