Wiktionary:Feedback

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This page is for collecting feedback from Wiktionary readers. It should be cleaned out on a three-month basis, as new comments are constantly being added. Feel free to reply to and discuss comments here, though bear in mind that the people who leave the feedback may never come back to read replies. By convention, the feedback is not archived.

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Frequently asked questions
Do you have general questions about the Wiktionary? See Help:FAQ.


  • Q. Why don’t you provide audio files giving the pronunciations of all entries?
  • A. The recording of audio files requires volunteer editors who have the right equipment and software, and who know how to upload these files to the Wikimedia Commons. All this is somewhat time-consuming, and it seems that at the moment we simply don’t have editors who are able to do this for us regularly. We suggest that you learn how to read the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions of pronunciations. For English entries, you can visit Appendix:English pronunciation, which you can also reach by clicking on the “(key)” link next to the word IPA on entry pages.


For questions about the Word of the Day, see Wiktionary:Word of the day/FAQ.


December 2023[edit]

Useful tool, but for whatever reason, the translation boxes don't work when I click them anymore?

Ur wrong its 194089 characters 194.81.238.91 10:14, 5 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

See “w:Titin”. Feel free to point out which parts of the “word” are wrong, and the citations verifying this. — Sgconlaw (talk) 12:02, 5 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm a different guy, but I ran the word through a basic character counter (click & hold, copy then paste), and it said there were 216,744 characters. 2804:1B0:1901:5FD7:6060:15B5:AFC5:BD81 13:01, 5 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The nonbreaking hyphens in the word on our entry page are counted by some word processors as characters, so they will inflate the true count. I dont know how two different inflated counts could arise, but maybe the full chemical formula appears somewhere else with fewer hyphens. Soap 13:52, 5 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I did get the number mentioned in the page by adding up the "X element appears Y times" in the etymology section, however. Maybe the word is misspelt at the headword? 2804:1B0:1901:5FD7:6060:15B5:AFC5:BD81 13:08, 5 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I just checked by pasting the headword into Notepad++ and there are indeed exactly 189,819 characters. Ioaxxere (talk) 20:09, 5 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Foreign word of the day: ῥώννυμι[edit]

So in the last three days there has been a word for Jewish merchants, a word dealing with deadly usurpation/subjugation and now a Greek word that means enthusiasm or strength, incidentally a words that could be used to translate Hamas. Is this all coincidental? — This unsigned comment was added by 92.238.121.188 (talk).

It would be nice to be able to see the full line of etymology like ENG -> OLD ENG -> PROTO-WEST-GERM. -> PROTO-GERM -> PIE in a simple line for most if not all entries. This would make finding the etymology of words easier than it is now. — This unsigned comment was added by 89.164.156.2 (talk).

That's an interesting idea IMO, and not just for English. The {{timeline}} family of templates is an example of summarizing information along a horizontal timelike axis. I'd be curious though if we'd only want this for inherited terms vs. for instance borrowed terms. With borrowings, the chain can get pretty long and convoluted, whereas the historical stages of a language form a more or less static set. Chernorizets (talk) 02:04, 19 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Donation[edit]

Would like to donate. Prefer to use bill Pay of my bank. What is your address?

See https://donate.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ways_to_Give. — Sgconlaw (talk) 13:26, 26 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Shouldn't the second alpha be marked as long, and the classical pronunciation given as /a.tʰɛ̌ː.naːz.de/, since the corresponding alpha from the acc. pl. Ἀθήνας is long?

Miraculous Website[edit]

I would just like to take time out again to praise this website. I deal with very obscure geographical terms on here all the time, and their host of variant forms. I'm mainly just growing my own knowledge base for my own pleasure and can expect only to have everything I did deleted one day. But there also seems to be actual hope. This website seems provide a perhaps somewhat stable platform for understanding these geographical words, their origins, their pronunciations, their uses through history, their translations, and identifying other references that talk about the words themselves. Properly grown, maintained, and supplemented, this website could actually serve to augment the capacity of not only scholars to understand minor geography terms but also all English speakers and any people who can use the Roman alphabet. The Jimmy Wales vision for the Wiki projects generally is spectacularly in bloom. --Geographyinitiative (talk) 21:55, 31 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

January 2024[edit]

whore is also a swear word. put it in the w category.

Would a link to Sonderkommando (disambiguation) be appropriate in this entry, even though it's only a German word? —71.105.243.101 23:54, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

No, but a link to the German wikipedia's disambiguation page - Sonderkommando - would be appropriate. Added. Tetromino (talk) 21:46, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks so much for this. It's the 501 Ancient Greek Verbs that Barrons is too lame to publish!

     03:05, 17 January 2024 (UTC)~~

A -Altitude -Aptitude D -Desuetude -Dissimilitude G -Gratitude I -Ineptitude -Ingratitude S -Solicitude — This unsigned comment was added by 65.38.149.220 (talk).

Also a classifier in Malay? Extremophilologist (talk) 22:53, 19 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I wish the search box were in a fixed banner at the top that stays available while the page is scrolled down, to avoid having to scroll back up to search for a different word. Steve Wise (talk) 08:34, 21 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It would be nice if all the Hanzi characters would give stroke order. It seems only the simpler ones do. Thank you.

It would be a good addition to include entries by Dvoretsky. Thank you, John Papaioannou

Hello Wikipedia, this is the best place to get info

2403:5804:A09A:0:90F4:2498:A2E8:BAED 22:32, 26 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

English entries only?[edit]

Hello! I’m wondering if there is a way to click ‘Random Entry’ and only see entries that detail English words.

Thanks!

98.97.113.192 03:08, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

No, but you can get something similar by going to Special:RandomInCategory and typing in "English lemmas". It's more typing, but it works. I suppose you could simplify it further by copying "English lemmas" into your clipboard and pasting it into the form. Chuck Entz (talk) 04:25, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Another thought: once you get to the random entry, you can use the back button on your browser to go back to the search form, and it should still have the "English lemmas" in the search form, so you can click "Go" there to get another random page. Chuck Entz (talk) 04:29, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you very much, Chuck Entz! Another question (wanted to put it within here so as not to clutter up the Table of Contents): Where could I find Chinese figures of speech, like English’s ‘birds of a feather flock together?’ I looked in Category:Chinese figures of speech, but it didn’t seem to have what I was looking for. 98.97.113.192 04:15, 31 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
What you're looking for is probably Category:Chinese proverbs, which is a subcategory of the one you mentioned. Andrew Sheedy (talk) 04:30, 31 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you, @Andrew Sheedy! 98.97.113.192 04:52, 31 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Add audio notation button for microphone. I need to hear pronunciation. — This unsigned comment was added by 104.167.126.12 (talk).

February 2024[edit]

There's two things I would change about Wiktionary.

Number one. Wikipedia has a feature where you can hover over a wikilink and it pops up a little blurb with the opening text for the linked page. I think Wiktionary should do something similar. When you hover over a wikilink on Wiktionary, it should pop up a little blurb that contains the first definition (and maybe also the second definition) of that word in the user's language. For cross-linguistic cognates, the blurb should prioritize the user's language first, then the other languages in the order they appear on the word's page; e.g. if I hover my cursor over an internal link to the page for "reconnaissance" on en.wiktionary.org, it should show me the English definition, but if I do the same on fr.wiktionary.org, it should show me the French definition.

Number two. I think Wiktionary (and other Wikimedia Foundation wikis) should go back to Vector 2010 as the default skin.

174.76.218.106 16:07, 2 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Personally, that would work if links were kept to a minimum. But the average page has multiple linked entries, and that could get messy and frustrating, in the end being more of a headache than a boon. Leasnam (talk) 22:44, 2 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Unfight[edit]

Hello I am writing to submit a word That was never thought of Called "unfight" it means the opposite of fight It's up to you to find corresponding Events that are examples of the unfight in history — This unsigned comment was added by 68.194.120.81 (talk) at 02:23, 5 February 2024‎.

Unfortunately, we don't include words that people have just made up. There has to be evidence that words have been used by other people in books, magazines, etc. — Sgconlaw (talk) 19:58, 4 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Scope Dopes were the Army Sp/4's who sat in the Nike Here vans and watched the radars . The soldiers who maintained the missiles down range were nicknamed Rail Apes — This unsigned comment was added by 2604:b000:b208:e4a:f56e:eb20:35d2:b28a (talk).

Why is a word from a different language (Spanish) included under See also? —71.105.243.101 00:49, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank you, guest. Corrected. ‑‑Sarri.greek  I 20:45, 8 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Serbo-Croatian: Etymology 1 should be removed and replaced by

Inherited from Proto-Slavic *mǫka (torture, torment), Cognates include Czech muka.

as far as I see. The relation to "flour" is already mentioned at Etymology 2 and is correct there.

--Rasmusklump (talk) 20:48, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello,

I believe the entry for the genitive singular in the declension table of the Polish word 'plik' (meaning 'a file') is incorrect. The entry shows 'plika' but I think it should be 'pliku'.

This is very helpful! i first learned of the WD (Wikionary = Wikipedia Dictonary) on the Pepe the Frog page. this is very helpful. Babysharkboss2 (talk) 14:42, 12 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

how important is this page to you — This unsigned comment was added by 2600:6C40:5600:10CB:D962:32B4:B22F:921 (talk) at 05:41, 13 February 2024 (UTC).Reply[reply]

Why do you ask? Chuck Entz (talk) 06:00, 13 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Musekin[edit]

the musekin is an middle English word with variations in many languages that shows up in many 13-16th manuscripts. The definition of the word remained unknown for a long time and i don't know if it can or should be added because of the little known about it. https://doi.org/10.1080/17416124.2023.2189871 has a lot of info about it and says evidence points to it being a mail sleeve. so in short is the musekin eligible to be added and are there any other words here with unknown definitions Roboduckdragon (talk) 03:30, 19 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

i like the history that it shows me in the textes. — This unsigned comment was added by Chase.adkins (talkcontribs).

The example sentence is Ο Οκτώβριος είναι το δέκατο μήνα but I think this is incorrect and it should read ...ο δέκατος μήνας. —71.105.243.101 07:29, 25 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]