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February 2019[edit]


This page displays a server error when I try to load it: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Latinum —This unsigned comment was added by 2600:6c58:6400:1b8d:913c:ad62:53ef:2b42 (talk) at 15:44, 1 February 2019.

It was probably an error introduced in a module by an editor, which has now been fixed. Try reloading the page. — SGconlaw (talk) 07:50, 1 February 2019 (UTC)

Foreign word of the day: doctor[edit]

A golden name for a golden anniversary! Quite a fitting word, if I say so myself, even if I didn't have to use a TARDIS to find it. Gallifrey stands!


The law proscribes driving a car with a blood alcohol level of over .10%.

That's the example given for the first sense of proscribe as a verb in English. Perhaps I'm being overly concerned, but I wonder if a reader in the United States, where the legal BAC limit for a non-commercial driver is actually .08%. will see that and remember it, then later make a fateful decision based on that faulty information. I could just go ahead and change the .10% to .08% but then a reader outside the U.S. may be misled. It would be better to put in an entirely different example. But as I said, I may be overly concerned. -⁠-⁠ 00:59, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

We don't make laws or keep abreast of them. BAC limits vary not only by country, but by state/province, county, and city, and are subject to change at any time. The current limit in Utah is 0.05%. A man who uses an internet page as his lawyer is a foolish defendant. —Stephen (Talk) 06:53, 6 February 2019 (UTC)


I was looking for the meaning of the Emoji 🉑 (which can be written as :accept:) and Google led me to a wikidata entry about it, which pointed to the wiktionary entry [可] and I found this page to be helpful. I gained some insight and knowledge that I am happy to have gained. Thank you!

Nice! I'm glad that you stuck with it and followed all of those breadcrumbs to us. —Justin (koavf)TCM 23:33, 9 February 2019 (UTC)


distro's as plural is incorrect. should be distros


Please let's not spread misinformation through web. REMOVE all plural forms of --> OSes <-- THAT'S NOT COMPLETELY RIGHT.

The right form may vary but there are many and the correct form is OSs and could be OS as plural like 'type of OS are'.

Thanks if I have more time I will spend in this website!


ıcan't find this words UK pronounciation what can ı do?[:ginger]

It's at the top of the entry: /ˈdʒɪndʒə/. — SGconlaw (talk) 18:19, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
You may also find this useful: https://forvo.com/word/ginger/ -- 19:12, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

Foreign word of the day: amouracher[edit]

There should be some indication that it's "s'amouracher", as it is a reflexive verb... Andrew Sheedy (talk) 22:44, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

I considered putting the reflexive label in the FWOTD box but decided against it; it would confuse people who don't know anything about French, and those who are curious can proceed to the entry, where it is noted. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 22:56, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

son of God[edit]

Interesting plural

Note of appreciation[edit]

Hey, I just wanted to say I use this site very regularly and I appreciate all the work your team's put into making it what it is. :D

Face-smile.svgSGconlaw (talk) 06:14, 26 February 2019 (UTC)


I tried to add haul ass to the list of terms derived from haul (verb) but it's locked. (By the way, the definition of haul ass indicates that it's a US term but the pronunciation audio file is marked Australian.) -⁠-⁠ 00:35, 26 February 2019 (UTC)

Thanks, I've added the term. Yes, usually we try and provide the Received Pronunciation and General American pronunciation transcriptions of entries, but the pronunciation files do not necessarily match those because it depends on the accent of the person who created the recording. — SGconlaw (talk) 06:13, 26 February 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for adding the term. But by pointing out the pronunciation file for haul ass, I was hinting that maybe the term is used in Australia as well as the United States. -⁠-⁠ 02:59, 27 February 2019 (UTC)

Arabic searching[edit]

Please refer to the Arabic page for استطاع(to be able to). If I paste the title of this page into the search box, then "search" takes me directly to it. However, if I paste the text of the page's first entry, the Verb "اِسْتَطَاعَ" then "search" takes me to a page asking if I want to create a page. That's problem #1. The only difference between استطاع and اِسْتَطَاعَ is the presence of diacritics, which are not (AFAICT?) used in the entry titles. It's confusing to be asked to create a page with diacritics for a page that already exists without diacritics, since I think a good editor would never do this. Also, it's confusing that searching for a more exact version of the word, namely the version with diacritics, would not take me directly to the page with the exact version of the word already on it. Problem #2 is that the first entry in the search results list (hidden below a large table of Entry Templates) is أستطاع, which differs from the search string in that the first character is an Alef Hamza ("ARABIC LETTER ALEF WITH HAMZA ABOVE"), while my search string and the page title start with an Alef ("ARABIC LETTER ALEF"). The correct entry appears only second in the search list. Is this the right place to report this problem? Polypz (talk) 17:34, 28 February 2019 (UTC)

March 2019[edit]


you are correct, but the origin of the word is Greek not Turkish. If you check the Greek wikidictionary version you will see how the word is produced

Appendix:Spanish alphabet[edit]

Although the rr is no longer considered a letter outright, have they completely deleted the letter r? Your chart doesn't reference it.

Wow. Thanks. —Justin (koavf)TCM 06:58, 3 March 2019 (UTC)


Wonderful, informative site. Many thanks.

Talk:wide berth[edit]

I believe "wide berth" originated from the idea of not anchoring too near other vessels. A berth is a place a vessel is secured - as in an anchor berth. Vessels "swing" in an arc around their anchors with wind and current and if you anchor too near another vessel it may "swing down" into your vessel. The definition given as nautical of a vessel underway is a derivative of the original meaning. I think.

Thanks for an incredibly useful site!

Wiktionary:Main Page[edit]

I would appreciate it if the watchlist weren't so single-purposed. I always save words I don't know like I'm going to memorize and go over them again, which has almost never been the case because there are so many! Nonetheless, I thought it would be really helpful if there were interactive/flash games/puzzles (like quizzes where you'd guess the definition of a word or a memory card game with the words and definitions) where there'd be random words from your watchlist that would reinforce your knowledge of them. I have no idea how hard this would be to carry out, I suppose not much, but I'm sure it would come in real handy. Would this be feasible?


Thank you for this invitation. On the whole, the etymological section is very comprehensive and safe; but some etymologies have not been checked by the multi-volume Oxford dictionary sources (compiled by a number of post-graduate linguistics to arrive at the safest etymologies); but instead have accessed unilateral sources that present Proto-Germanic reconstructions that do not exist, as in the case of ann'AEL' and adze that mislead the public. I have been blocked for correcting some etymologies; and therefore have learnt to be extra cautious, because qualification is not sufficient; accurate etymology sources and etymological logic together are essential! The rest of the Wikimedia works present gigantic dictionaries (in this instance), or giant encyclopedias, of outstanding quality. 20 March 2019 (UTC)Andrew (talk)


I'd like to add "there goes nothing" (Dutch: "op hoop van zegen". How do I do that? Btouburg (talk) 16:23, 20 March 2019 (UTC)


Like to start an article on Oka (Oka Akoko is the name of my home town in Nigeria)

Word of the day: bulldog clip[edit]

Today [March 23] is celebrated as National Puppy Day in the United States.

Is it March 23? I saw #NationalPuppyDay trend on Twitter on March 22. -- 00:42, 23 March 2019 (UTC)

Seems correct: [1]. — SGconlaw (talk) 04:26, 23 March 2019 (UTC)


I am studying Russian, and Wiktionary is one of my most useful resources. The etymology, conjugation, and derived words are super-useful (so is the meaning in English, of course). The completion/suggestion is also useful when I have heard the word but am not spelling it correctly. Thanks for your work!


Hey people on wiktionary,

I just wanted to show my deepest gratitude for every creator and editor on this site, your work is deeply appreciated, the ability to find conjugated and declinated words of almost every language, makes this site more convenient than any conventional dictionary.

As a latin student in highschool, I can only approve of the complexity of the latin language, this site has helped me indefinetly finding the answers I, oftentimes, have searched for hours.

Thanks to you all!


It'd be cool if there was a Tamil section. ரேகா

Well, it would have to be in the Tamil script, so it wouldn't be on the same page. For all I know it might already exist, but I have no clue. Maybe @Stephen G. Brown might be able to help. Chuck Entz (talk) 13:23, 26 March 2019 (UTC)


at al. you are the best. i use your services mostly for chinise. i think that it will be good to create a group of user that will do your work better. thanks.


Please consider adding a link to the Wikipedia article "Doxing". These neologisms need a boost.

Entries for different parts of a Word[edit]

Many words have entries for different forms of the same word. For example, the Latin ‘dominus’ may have a separate entry ‘dominum’ saying that this is the accusative singular of dominus. A similar thing goes for verbs.

However, this has not been done for all parts of each word, when you look at tables some of the entries are usually in red, showing that the page does not exist. I realise that with each page having to be created by a human contributor you will never get everything done – but couldn’t this type of page be automatically created using the tables on the main word’s page?

The Latin inflection tables could certainly do with WT:ACCEL support, if someone wants to write it. —Rua (mew) 13:15, 30 March 2019 (UTC)

April 2019[edit]

Word of the day: sensical[edit]

Thank to wiki for share. Info ....eventually Facebook will. Find this. Original Emory Blagdon Thomas Carson & quantum entanglement folks tc

Category:Finnish terms derived from Proto-Baltic[edit]

I find it strange that this isn't categorized under Category:Finnish terms derived from Baltic languages.

We don't recognise Proto-Baltic as a language of its own, but rather a dialect of Proto-Balto-Slavic. —Rua (mew) 11:37, 4 April 2019 (UTC)

Category:en:Sex positions[edit]

For "straddle", please add "(slang) A sexual position." to straddle (someone) slang To force someone into a sexual position.


It would be helpful to add the other participles, not just present active


As with all verb stems beginning with a vowel the augment of ὑπισχνούμαι is just a lengthened version of this initial vowel, giving ῑ not ε (see Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek [2018], 11.37. p. 122). The imperfect should be ὑπισχνούμην. But I’m only a beginning learner so I might be wrong. —This unsigned comment was added by 2003:C7:9F23:D668:887D:D868:3DD7:FC3E (talk) at 09:11, 10 April 2019 (UTC).

Looks like you're right, based on the forms in Xenophon for instance. Thanks for the correction. — Eru·tuon 09:23, 10 April 2019 (UTC)


this is unacceptable, just lost an arguement about this. Absolutley fumming.

Wiktionary:Contact us[edit]

How do I delete my wiktionary account?

The information at "w:Wikipedia:Changing username" may be useful. — SGconlaw (talk) 10:13, 10 April 2019 (UTC)

No easy way to get to Wikipedia for the current article.[edit]

No easy way to get from e.g., https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/aluminum_foil to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminium_foil

Jidanni (talk) 02:54, 12 April 2019 (UTC)

As the entry indicates, aluminum foil is an alternative spelling of aluminium foil. If you visit the latter entry and scroll to the bottom, you will see a link to the English Wikipedia article on the subject. — SGconlaw (talk) 03:08, 12 April 2019 (UTC)

Word of the day: pang[edit]

Heh. This may have been an appropriate WotD for April 14, 2019, as the first episode of the (long-awaited) final season of Game of Thrones debuted in the U.S. on this date (but after midnight UTC on April 15). Perhaps a GoT-relevant word should be featured as the WotD on May 19 (or May 20) when the last episode will debut, with an explanation. -⁠-⁠ 01:30, 15 April 2019 (UTC)

Wiktionary:Tea room/2019/April[edit]

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Note, also, the glossary for the noun section attests to the use of Deoligarchisation in Envar B (that is, international English, as well as British English). Thanks! --Iryna Harpy (talk) 15:58, 22 April 2019 (UTC)

In addendum, I'll try to get onto editing the Wikitionary entry myself. There are citations galore indicating international English dominates translations by professionals, however per English language :MOS, citations and dmy templates are imperative to the integrity of an article. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 16:48, 22 April 2019 (UTC)


What about the definition when used in the form of "County Paris" like in Romeo and Juliet?

Foreign word of the day: altepetenancoyoctli[edit]

I love the word of the day, thank you for it! Would it be possible to include the audible pronunciation for the foreign word of the day?

Probably not, there don't seem to be a lot of Classical Nahuatl users on the English Wiktionary. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 09:41, 1 May 2019 (UTC)

Special:Search Minute[edit]

When I search Wiki Thesaurus for "minute" I get all sorts of results, but none related to "taking minutes in a meeting" -- shouldn't this be in the search results somewhere?

  • Did you miss reading minute, verb? ... and the noun sense "(chiefly in the plural, minutes) A (usually formal) written record of a meeting or a part of a meeting." Dbfirs 17:22, 14 May 2019 (UTC)


Many consider the Quarterstaff to be a pole weapon in the sense that it is a straight tree branch suitable as a quarterstaff. This is easier to obtain and use rather than cutting a log into long sections and shaping one or more of those sections into a Quarterstaff which takes considerable time and effort. Further, most assume a Quarterstaff is plain wood and not tipped at the end with iron to prevent fraying, Two methods of preventing fraying would be to either bind the end with cord or with a leather strip, both methods far easier for an individual to use in contrast to an iron band or cup. As to length of quarterstaff, whilst the average length is six to nine feet long, the height and thickness could be determined by the height of the person using it, a quarterstaff with a length of nine feet would be difficult to use by a person who was five feet tall. Word Writer, Cardiff. South Wales.


oportet and oporteo: regarding conjugation these two have information which is redundant, maybe unnecessary. Judging from etymology in oportet it seems the first one is derived from the other. Anyway, it is cnofusing.

May 2019[edit]

Foreign word of the day: rebeca[edit]

I would love to have the vocal pronunciations of the foreign words of the day, just as the English words are given. Moreover, it would be even more helpful if thoseforeign words could be used in a sentence. English speakers in this country are hungry for foreign language knowledge. thank you for having a foreign language word of the day!

Unfortunately there don't seem to be a lot of Spanish-speakinig contributors of audio files. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 13:15, 24 May 2019 (UTC)


This Latin word (alternative to dent) is given in the irregular verb appendix, but not found frm the main page. Sorry I don't know how to fix it.


The past tense of yeet is yote, not yeeted. This is demonstrated here: https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/questions/28300/what-is-the-past-tense-of-yeet —This unsigned comment was added by Scnels (talkcontribs) at 21:50, 6 May 2019 (UTC).

You don't seem to have read that page properly. Anyway, a few Internet users theorising is not proof: we need real citations per WT:CFI. Equinox 21:56, 6 May 2019 (UTC)
There is a current fashion on the internet for inventing irregular past tenses for perfectly regular verbs. In this case, the verb has been obsolete for hundreds of years. Dbfirs 17:18, 14 May 2019 (UTC)
@Dbfirs I don't see anything particularly odd or that unusual about making strong verbs out of weak verbs, especially considering that many (historically) strong verbs have become weak over time, or are beginning to become weak in recent years, such as tread, grind, smite, and weave. The "strengthening" of weak verbs is nothing all that new either: snuck, dove, strove/striven, etc. Tharthan (talk) 16:20, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
Also, dug, drug, hid/hidden, and to some extent throve/thriven (although thrived is much more the commoner) Leasnam (talk) 22:54, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
Strove and striven have always been standard English. I regard the neologisms snuck and dove as joke forms and would never use them in standard English, though I agree that they are becoming more common. The usual trend is from strong to weak. Dbfirs 19:00, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
The whole idea behind the term "strong verb" is that strong verbs are those which are resistant to regularization of inflection. They're mostly the kinds of words where the inflected forms are taught to children early, so they don't get the chance to come up with their own forms using rules. There are also some that aren't used except in archaic contexts, and avoid change in that way. Strong verbs become weak by application of the default rules for the language, not arbitrarily, so it's the expected direction of change.
As for snuck and dove: those have become pretty much standard in my part of the US- this is the first time I can remember hearing that they weren't, and I'm 60 years old. Yeet is right now very much a joke word, and yote is an attempt to feign a quaint archaic quality to further the joke. I'm sure there are enough who use it seriously, but the intensity of interest in selling it to the mainstream comes from it's being a generational in-joke. It reminds me a lot of wenis, which was also a play on lexicographic themes and also pushed very hard here- though, unlike yeet, it was never much in actual use. Chuck Entz (talk) 20:12, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
@Dbfirs Regarding strove and striven "always being standard English": I wonder about that. strive was borrowed from Old French, and although it is ultimately Germanic in origin, the forms in other Germanic languages that are comparable to English strive have a mixed record in regard to being strong or weak. Generally speaking, they tend to be weak. Either way, since strive was borrowed into English from Old French, and since the Old Frankish verb was seemingly weak, we can hardly assume that the English verb's "strength" is inherited. Furthermore, strived exists as well and is plenty used. I reckon that there was a time in which strove and striven were innovations just like the strong forms of traditionally weak verbs that are successfully (in the sense that they are accepted) formed in English once in a blue moon.
Regarding dove and snuck: Well you would be very disappointed if you lived where I lived, then. Both of those forms are considered perfectly legitimate, and the only time that I have ever heard someone complain about them was when my younger sister went to high school (she went to a Catholic high school, nuns and all), and she mentioned to me that she was confused, because one of the nuns was teaching that "sneaked" was the correct past tense formation. I told her (I was plenty aware of the situation with "snuck" and "sneaked" at that time) that she needn't be worried, as snuck is perfectly legitimate (because it is). I even told her that it was a sort of modern strong verb formation (explaining what that was), and she seemed satisfied by my explanation, anyhow.
Strive seems to have been borrowed fairly early in Middle English, the earliest attestations are from the early 13c. In the Ancrene Riwle (c1200-1230), we see that it is already a strong verb (Asaeles swiftschipe, þe straf wiþ heortes of urn), so from the get-go this word was immediately placed in the Strong Class I by analogy with such words as driven ("drive") and shriven ("shrive"). There are also examples where it is a weak verb, and both strong and weak examples continue to feature throughout the Middle English period Leasnam (talk) 23:10, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
@Chuck Entz We have to keep in mind that the "weak verb" was, long long ago in a tongue far far away, an innovation in and of itself, probably for the purpose of making verb formation easier. This is why I dislike the application of the word "irregular" to strong verbs. "Irregular" makes sense for the rare word like be, but strong verbs were historically their own class of verbs in Germanic language (with subclasses in that class, of course, for specific types of strong verbs). Tharthan (talk) 22:48, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
Strive comes ultimately from the Germanic strīƀan, a strong verb, though the exact route through Old French is unclear. The strong forms appear in English earlier. In view of the accepted usage in the USA, I shall consider "dove" and "snuck" to be Americanisms, rather than joke words. I hadn't realised that the strong forms have been in use in the USA and Canada since the mid-1800s. I would never use them in formal British English. I wonder how long it will be before they are accepted as correct spelling in British examinations? Dbfirs 07:18, 19 May 2019 (UTC)


I think the Conjugation entry "gniótłeś" might be wrong - "o" rather than "ó"?


thanks for all the things you help me with

Foreign word of the day: ijsberen[edit]


Erie (Language)[edit]

Erie was the Iroquoian language of the Erie people, similar to Wyandot.

The names Erie and Eriez are shortened forms of Erielhonan, meaning "long tail", corresponding to the Erie being called the "Cat people" (Nation du Chat; Hodge 1910, Swanton).

At least one loanword survives from the Erie language: Chautauqua, a word of unknown translation.


  • Erielhonan (Long Tail)
  • Ronnongwetonwanca (Good Luck)
  • Kahqua (Kahkwa)


PLEASE! Dissable forever and ever the program that shortens the languages list, leaving some of them and adding "X more"! It is so annoying having to click "X more" and browse thru the menu that opens, instead of have all of them in plain view! PLEASE!--Manfariel (talk) 13:13, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

I can't see what you are talking about. But this kind of terrible design is common in the days of mobile phones: computer users get spat on by today's designers. Equinox 18:40, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
@Manfariel: If you're talking about the feature in the "in other languages" list in the sidebar, turn it off this way: go to Special:Preferences, click the "Appearance" tab, find the "Languages" header near the bottom, and uncheck "Use a compact language list, with languages relevant to you". — Eru·tuon 18:58, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

Why is the label for alcohol related words 'alcoholism'?[edit]

See stale. The first definition is an (obsolete) term used about alcohol and is correctly written as {{lb|en|alcohol|obsolete}} in the markup, but the label is displayed as 'alcoholism'. I understand the intention, but that isn't right. It should be just 'alcohol'. (Sorry if this doesn't belong here, I don't know where to put it.) 18:38, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

I agree it is wrong. Sometimes somebody changes the categories wrongly, without checking properly. The same problem caused all Cambridge University entries to be marked as slang (still unresolved). Equinox 18:39, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
I fixed it so that the use of "alcohol" and "alcoholic beverages" with {{lb}} now displays "(alcoholic beverages)" and categorizes entries into "Category:Alcoholic beverages". @Equinox: can you explain the problem with Cambridge University entries? — SGconlaw (talk) 19:04, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
Some are terms used at Cambridge University that are not slang, yet they all now display slang. Equinox 19:54, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
Can you provide some examples? — SGconlaw (talk) 02:11, 22 May 2019 (UTC)
sizing, supervision, pensioner. Equinox 11:15, 24 May 2019 (UTC)

make collapsing fully work in mobile view[edit]

There are several collapsing frameworks on the wiki, all of which work in desktop view, but only one (viz. NavFrame) works in mobile view. I think it's important that we make all fully work in mobile view, even at the expense of delivering additional JS code costing bandwidth. Chinese entries routinely use collapsing templates. Please take a look at for example, in desktop and mobile views, and compare how much irrelevant information you need to skip in order to get at the definition. --Dine2016 (talk) 06:23, 22 May 2019 (UTC)


this is incorrect


It was decent. I couldn't find the verb meaning. Please make it simpler.

The verb is under the Etymology 2 heading; it comes after the Noun Leasnam (talk) 21:03, 23 May 2019 (UTC)
Or have a link directly to the verb section: sally#Verb ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 13:16, 24 May 2019 (UTC)