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March 2018[edit]

Request: linking to specific definitions[edit]

For example, suppose I want to refer to the specific definition of nut as a perforated block usually of metal that has an internal screw thread and is used on a bolt or screw.

This is the 3rd definition on the page http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nut, but Merriam-Webster only allows linking to the page, not a specific meaning. Wiktionary allows linking to sections in a page, so we can link to Noun or Verb forms for example, but that's still too coarse for this scenario.


From https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/48918/an-online-dictionary-that-allows-linking-to-a-single-specific-definition-of-a-wo/

We can already do that with senseids. See {{senseid}}. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 21:54, 7 March 2018 (UTC)

Jew World Order[edit]

seriously you're gonna leave this entry on the web? disgusting.

This is a dictionary. We simply document words. --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 13:54, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
Why not? I wouldn't have known what it meant at all if it wasn't for the dictionary. In other words, I wouldn't have even known if people were insulting me with it. JamesjiaoTC 00:20, 6 April 2018 (UTC)

Wiktionary:Main Page[edit]

I blame Wiktionary for stealing hours of precious work time. It's maddeningly entertaining.

Wiktionary:Votes/pl-2018-02/Allow retronyms[edit]

I tried listing the vote, but got an error. DonnanZ (talk) 09:27, 14 March 2018 (UTC)

@Donnanz: Done. --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 10:42, 14 March 2018 (UTC)


Brilliant site - very user friendly.

Wiktionary is just fabulous! Thank everybody who creates it! :)

elephant: broken template (?) in "Related terms"[edit]

in elephant#Related_terms, formatting information (style="...") is showing. looks like this:

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| style="width: 1%;" | | style="background-color:#F8F8FF; vertical-align:top; width: 24%; text-align:left; " |
| style="width: 1%;" | | style="background-color:#F8F8FF; vertical-align:top; width: 24%; text-align:left; " |

-- 18:16, 16 March 2018 (UTC)

Fixed. DTLHS (talk) 18:21, 16 March 2018 (UTC)


The word "Polyphiloprogenitive" is probably a made-up word (neologism.) T.S. Eliot "coined" the term in his poem "Mr. Eliot's Sunday Morning Service." It is a play on words regarding the creation story.

It has much more meaning than dictionaries tend to ascribe to it. It does not simply mean prolific. First of all, any definition without mentioning love shows a gross lack of understanding. It is the act of creation that is both multiple in its nature and loving.

To be clear, Polyphiloprogenitive is the verb, not the object. It is God.

So, Mr. Eliot's poem begins with the word "Polyphiloprogenitive." And that word is God.

Here are the words of the creation story in the Bible: John, Chapter One, Verse One:

Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ Λόγος, καὶ ὁ Λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν Θεόν, καὶ Θεὸς ἦν ὁ Λόγος

This translates to:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

Anyway, just to underline Mr. Eliot's subtle word play: In the beginning of the poem is the word "Polyphiloprogenitive," and that word is God. 20:47, 17 July 2009 (UTC)

It can't be a verb in English. Equinox 12:20, 23 March 2018 (UTC)

Appendix talk:Mandarin Frequency lists/1-1000[edit]

Hi, Can someone please link to the original Academia Sinica list of 20,000 words as one file (Word or Excel or whatever)? Thank you : )

@Atitarev? —suzukaze (tc) 01:08, 26 March 2018 (UTC)
Sorry, I can't find it any more. It may have been removed. --Anatoli T. (обсудить/вклад) 01:47, 26 March 2018 (UTC)

Foreign word of the day: garbejo[edit]

There's an error; the closing parentheses was omitted. 01:06, 26 March 2018 (UTC)

Fixed. —suzukaze (tc) 01:07, 26 March 2018 (UTC)


refero I think that word could imply; "Tacksamhetsskuld" in Swedish.


ಥಹಅನಕ ಐಒಉ ಗುಯಸ

You're welcome. —Stephen (Talk) 14:15, 27 March 2018 (UTC)

April 2018[edit]

Is it time to delete the feedback posted in January?[edit]

I suppose I'm permitted to delete it myself but I don't know whether cleaned out on a three-month basis means three full months of feedback should be here. 06:29, 1 April 2018 (UTC)


I just want to say thank you!!!

Category:English words not following the I before E except after C rule[edit]

I have a problem regarding this document in question. Your article is titled 'English words not following the I before E except after E rule' One of he examples that you used 'ANCIENT', DOES follow the I before E except after C rule. This is s mistake that I noticed and this note is just for constructive criticism purposes only. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Thanks but this conforms to the rule: i comes before e but it's after c. —Justin (koavf)TCM 05:26, 6 April 2018 (UTC)


The definition is wrong. --2600:8804:6:4E00:9D85:2F0E:D369:DE2D 16:50, 6 April 2018 (UTC)

I’ve attempted to fix it. — Vorziblix (talk · contribs) 06:02, 9 April 2018 (UTC)


etymology is circularly defined with meristics

Better now? —Mahāgaja (formerly Angr) · talk 13:11, 9 April 2018 (UTC)

Appendix:Glossary of U.S. Navy slang/Unit nicknames[edit]

I'm enjoying your site. I have three ship nicknames you may want to add:

  • USS KEARSARGE (CV-33) was the "Queer Barge"
  • USS PAUL REVERE (APA-248) was the "Peter Rabbit" because the letters "PR" were painted on the bow ramp of her LCVPs
  • USS WILKES-BARRE (CL-103) was the "Willy-B"

Robert Haley
Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Thank you, they have been added. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 09:13, 11 April 2018 (UTC)

Appendix:List of German cognates with English[edit]

please add a colored banner to the top of this page asking visitors to help and expand the page, and to check out the discussion page also. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:List_of_German_cognates_with_English


what can i do about github they have have hacked privet pics video email contacts and bamk account i got a legal notice against them and they did not return my propety they sent me a bunch of read me files and a text that ask how i feel about haven a dick in my ass im at a lose for words abouyt the way i have been treated and what i can do about getting mt things back and them off my pc i cant use half of it because they have it locked down to the point of what browser or file i can see or use 5405800582 please help or point me in the right direct

I'm sorry, but this is an online dictionary staffed by volunteers who are knowledgeable mostly about words and languages. I can't even begin to guess where to direct you. Chuck Entz (talk) 20:36, 15 April 2018 (UTC)


Yee- A term used by emos that was popularized back around 2016ish. It's derived from the south, or the "souf" and was made popular do to some dinosaur clip in the iconic "Important videos" playlist on YouTube.

Used for- It uses range from excitement to sorrow. Ex one: Emo one:"Dude... my gf just broke up with me... yee." Emo two:"Dude... I'm so sorry, Rawr XD."

"Yee" can also be used as slang for southerners,rednecks and cowboys. Ex two: Redneck one:"Yall boys got some dip?" Redneck two:"Yeeyee!"

Emos in 2016ish? Didn’t they go extinct in 2009 AD? — Ungoliant (falai) 19:59, 20 April 2018 (UTC)


humanity: characteristics that make us humans


What's the possessive noun?

Valdes’s. —Mahāgaja (formerly Angr) · talk 13:43, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

Wiktionary: State Definition BEFORE Etymology[edit]

I feel strongly that a term's definition MUST come before its Etymology. 75% of the time I don't care about Etymology. 100% of the time I am hunting for the definition. Working with individuals for whom English is not a 1st language, it is useful provide links to Wiktionary's terms. However, it is often necessary to identify some other source (dictionary) URL because Wiktionary's Etymology text sometimes obscures a term's definition.

Thanks for the feedback. If you're only looking for the definition of a word, then I'd suggest navigating using the table of contents at the top of longer pages. For instance on cat (which has an admittedly very long etymology), you can just click "1.2.1 Noun" near the top of the page, and you'll automatically jump right to the definition. – Gormflaith (talk) 13:53, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
I would agree that probably far fewer dictionary users want an ety than simply a def. (Chambers puts the ety right at the end, even after derived terms!) Equinox 13:55, 21 April 2018 (UTC)


Hi, тесниться is presented as perfective, but is imperfective and стесни́ться or потесни́ться presented as imperfective are in fact perfective verbs.


Why is there a photo of P G Wodehouse under the Wiktionary for English? I enjoy his writing, but he is hardly a major figure in English literature, and there is a cloud over his behavior in WWII. Chaucer and Shakespeare are too predictable, but Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, George Orwell, or even Rudyard Kipling would be better choices.

I wouldn't have a photo at English at all. —Mahāgaja (formerly Angr) · talk 11:58, 23 April 2018 (UTC)


I think it's comparable. Also how do you expect us to pronounce /kθ/ at the beginning of a word when we can't even do /ks/?

The comparative more chthonic is attested; I've added it. Some people pronounce the word /ˈkθɒnɪk/, while others say /ˈθɑnɪk/. Cnilep (talk) 02:10, 25 April 2018 (UTC)

Faustian bargain[edit]

I like the way things are right now. I don't have any idea if and how things might be improved further.