Wiktionary:Foreign Word of the Day/Nominations

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This project handles the daily foreign language word posted on the main page. It mimics the English Word of the Day. Nominations may be in any language other than English.

Here's a checklist for nominations:

  1. Is it foreign? For nomination of English words, see Word of the Day.
  2. Is it non-offensive? Don't nominate if it would be embarrassing to have someone's boss or grandmother overhear.
  3. It hasn't been lauded elsewhere recently, right? We want Wiktionary to be original, not a copycat.
  4. Do we have an entry for it? An entry needs to be created first, or you could request it.

Before a nominated word is featured, it needs to meet certain requirements:

  1. Words in well-documented languages need to have at least one CFI-compliant quotation and a pronunciation section with an audio file or IPA transcription.
  2. Words in ancient, barely attested languages need to have at least one quotation or reference.
  3. Words in other languages need to meet any of the following criteria:
    1. A pronunciation section with audio or IPA and either a reference from an appropriate resource or a quotation.
    2. Two independent quotations/references.
  4. Terms currently in RFC, RFV, or RFD whose problems have not been resolved by those discussions will not be accepted.
  5. Entries may be required to have images of their headword on Commons available if the script they are in is not widely supported (e.g., Kannada or Phoenician).

Ideal candidates include entries that are fairly complete, having a considerable amount of information, or words with unusual meanings, for instance:

  • A word for an item or idea with which most English speakers are unfamiliar.
  • A false friend, a word that an English speaker would assume to have a different meaning.
  • A word with a couple of well-known definitions that have very different English translations.
  • A word whose primary definition incorporates a range of somewhat varied concepts in English.
  • An idiom or unusual expression, or anything else you think might be interesting.

Nominate a new word

Focus weeks[edit]

Every so often, focus weeks are held in the Foreign Word of the Day. During focus weeks, we choose words or phrases with a certain theme, highlight languages with some special features, or show words that have particularly interesting or unusual properties. Proposals for focus weeks can be found at Wiktionary:Foreign Word of the Day/Focus weeks.

Nominations[edit]

General nominations[edit]

Add your word to the top of the list using {{fwotd-nom}}! Sign each new nomination by typing four tildes (~~~~)

  • Symbol delete vote.svg Hungarian: paradicsom (no citations, pronunciation) – Ceaeven (talk) 20:18, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Turkish: koful (no citations, pronunciation) – Ceaeven (talk) 20:18, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Norwegian Bokmål: mjød (citation, pronunciation) or Symbol keep vote.svg Danish: mjød (citation, pronunciation) Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 10:26, 22 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Norwegian Bokmål: målløs (citation, pronunciation) or Symbol keep vote.svg Danish: målløs (citation, pronunciation) but could someone verify whether or not the Danish is a heteronym? Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 10:26, 22 September 2016 (UTC)
I have added references to the Danish entry. Each meaning seems to have a different pronunciation. DonnanZ (talk) 16:12, 22 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Maltese: jew (citation, pronunciation) --WikiTiki89 14:04, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Czech: čtvrtý (no citations, pronunciation) All those consonants... --WikiTiki89 23:39, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Classical Syriac: ܚܕܚܝܙܐ (no citations, pronunciation) Assyrio (talk) 04:12, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Bengali: বাংলা ‎(bangla) (no citations, pronunciation) --Aftab1995 (talk) 01:30, 9 February 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Russian: шевелюра ‎(ševeljura) (no citations, pronunciation) (the entry currently lacks an {{IPA}} pronunciation, but the transliteration field is currently being used to provide a dumbed-down pronunciation) - -sche (discuss) 04:36, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
    Added the IPA pron. --WikiTiki89 19:49, 14 January 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Taos: łá’ȕ (no citations, pronunciation) —Mr. Granger (talkcontribs) 02:22, 8 January 2014 (UTC)


Nominated for a particular moment[edit]

Nominate a word here if you think it is fitting for a particular moment, such as a celebration, a recent news event and so on. It may be featured on another day instead, however.

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

  • 1 Symbol delete vote.svg Arabic: (no citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 20:43, 22 December 2014 (UTC)
Symbol delete vote.svg French: poisson d'avril (no citations, pronunciation) (April Fool's Day) -- Andrew Sheedy (talk) 03:51, 12 September 2016 (UTC)

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

  • 27 (2013 only: 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice in Korean War) Symbol delete vote.svg Korean: 평화 ‎(pyeonghwa) (no citations, pronunciation)
    This could be done on any year, of course. 2016 is already occupied, however. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 06:20, 24 May 2016 (UTC)

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

  • 4: Symbol keep vote.svg Esperanto: sputniko (citation, pronunciation) ~ Röbin Liönheart (talk) 18:30, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
    • Might be a good one for October 4, Sputnik 1's launch date.
      But October 4th already happened and this December is the end of the world... --WikiTiki89 18:43, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
  • 31: We need a good spooky word for Halloween! —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 06:36, 24 May 2016 (UTC)

November[edit]

  • Symbol delete vote.svg Hebrew: הודו (no citations, pronunciation) (etyms 2 and 3, for Thanksgiving) JulieKahan (talk) 15:04, 10 March 2013 (UTC)
    Cite for etym 3, still needed for etym 2. Pron added for all three etyms. —Angr 11:03, 1 May 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Chinese: 光棍節 (no citations, pronunciation) —suzukaze (tc) 10:47, 7 November 2015 (UTC)

December[edit]

October 2016[edit]

November 2016[edit]

  • 7 Symbol delete vote.svg Italian: clinton (no citations, no pronunciation) — so here's a thought: for 7 November 2016, the day before Election Day for the US Presidential Election, we run trump as the Word of the Day, and clinton (variant of clinto, a red wine from the Veneto) as the Foreign Word of the Day! Thoughts? — SMUconlaw (talk) 10:31, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
    @Smuconlaw: Really bad idea, because some people will doubtless only notice one or the other and complain. There's no reason to be US election-themed that justifies raising people's inevitable and ill-considered ire. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 14:06, 15 August 2016 (UTC)
OK, it was just a thought. — SMUconlaw (talk) 15:27, 15 August 2016 (UTC)
  • 29 Symbol keep vote.svg Dutch: flens (citation, pronunciation) maybe only the sense "pancake". Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 14:25, 15 September 2016 (UTC)

December 2016[edit]

February 2017[edit]

April 2017[edit]

May 2017[edit]

  • 11 Symbol delete vote.svg German: Eisheilige (no citations, no pronunciation) – Jberkel (talk) 21:07, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

September 2017[edit]

  • 22 Symbol delete vote.svg Dutch: najaar (no citations, pronunciation) (beginning of autumn) – Jberkel (talk) 20:18, 19 September 2016 (UTC)