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
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  • 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.

March 2020[edit]

ident[edit]

it's cool

serendipitous[edit]

The FAQ needs a section on "Why does Wiktionary have no pronunciations?" This is standard in any dictionary. Its omission here is startling; the lack of any reason for it is even more so. —This unsigned comment was added by 96.234.167.33 (talk).

The reason there is no FAQ section like that is because it's not true. —Justin (koavf)TCM 02:39, 4 March 2020 (UTC)
Seems like a good time for a reminder that anyone can edit, even you... פֿינצטערניש (Fintsternish), she/her (talk) 09:46, 13 March 2020 (UTC)
We have quite a lot of pronunciations - at least 57,000 instances of written pronunciation according to Category:English terms with IPA pronunciation, and at least 33,000 audio files, according to Category:English terms with audio links (and we're working on getting those numbers up) --Gorgehater (talk) 11:55, 28 March 2020 (UTC)
It would be interesting have pronunciations for all the words. Perhaps an IPA engine could do the work (reading aloud the IPA pronunciation), as in some places. But preferly a human audio, if created for the word. --BoldLuis (talk) 10:04, 16 May 2020 (UTC)
See what I have found from Wikimedia: Lingua Libre pronunciation audios website in English.BoldLuis (talk) 01:05, 17 May 2020 (UTC)

Special:Search[edit]

PLEASE ADD FINNISH Käytäthän —This unsigned comment was added by Boscorotondo (talkcontribs).

It's a clitic form, but I'll add it, seeing it's fairly common. — surjection?〉 13:17, 7 March 2020 (UTC)

pop tarts[edit]

this is a very good word of the day

πρᾶος[edit]

Doric declension is wrong. Probably the intend would be to include the full "declension" of the Ionic form mentioned.

Category:English swear words[edit]

crap is not a bad word

I agree. It is a brilliant word! Two etymologies, five parts of speech, lots of derived terms - very flexible indeed. --Gorgehater (talk) 11:59, 28 March 2020 (UTC)

begena[edit]

Please archive this discussion to Talk:begana.

Could you please give the pronunciation of this word. How do the English pronounce the word "begena"? —This unsigned comment was added by 109.252.101.42 (talk) at 14:45, 22 March 2020‎ (UTC).

Based on some YouTube videos, I have added a pronunciation in IPA transcription. It's something like "BER-guh-nuh". — SGconlaw (talk) 17:02, 22 March 2020 (UTC)
We'll get an audio on the page soon, too. --Gorgehater (talk) 11:56, 28 March 2020 (UTC)
@Mahagaja: you modified the pronunciation to /ˈbɛ-/ from /ˈbɜː-/. The Somali speakers seem to use the latter, though non-native speakers use the former. Perhaps both should be included as alternatives? — SGconlaw (talk) 10:54, 30 March 2020 (UTC)
Sure, if people use /ɜː/ when speaking English, and not just when speaking Somali. —Mahāgaja · talk 12:34, 30 March 2020 (UTC)
One video I heard was of a Somali person speaking to a journalist in English. — SGconlaw (talk) 17:00, 30 March 2020 (UTC)
Pronunciation is a thousand asked demand. The IPA pronunciation engine is much needed now(you click and the default Wikimedia / Mediawiki engine reads the IPA aloud) The tag "machine reading" would be added in the play button). Hope this idea helps. --BoldLuis (talk) 10:16, 16 May 2020 (UTC)

onafhanklik[edit]

Baie dankie, dit was sommer nou lekker om op die blad rond te kuier

Groete AGE-ENTERPRISES

Ek begryp nie wat u bedoel nie, want daar is nog g'n blad onafhanklik. Daar is wel onafhankelijk, waaraan ek alvas die Afrikaanse woord toegevoeg het. Ek sal die Afrikaanse blad later aanmaak. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 06:58, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

Bing[edit]

Shouldn't this entry include a definition for the cherry cultivar? —⁠184.207.174.31 00:46, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

Special:ElectronPdf[edit]

I have all the time in the world..Any suggestions what I should do with some of it?? Thank u

Wiktionary:Todo and Wiktionary:Task lists are good places to start working. --Vitoscots (talk) 00:08, 17 April 2020 (UTC)

April 2020[edit]

adamantinome[edit]

This website is cool, other people will like it I think that really much! So much that cheese explodes out of my brain, and my brain is unbreakable so that is crazy that cheese can come out just by this website! WOW!!!/OW!!!/W!!!/!!!/!!/! Me say, "COOL WEBSITE!!!" I like this website so much it's so cool. Thank you people that made it! But put more games and hot dogs and, and I don't know; maybe a fast food restaurant?

Yeah it is.

? --BoldLuis (talk) 10:22, 16 May 2020 (UTC)

Appendix:The 99 names of Allah[edit]

thanks! to you because you show me the meaning of the 99 names of allah —This unsigned comment was added by 2601:444:8300:59b0:d08f:7283:2a95:69db (talk) at 08:16, 3 April 2020.

assimilant[edit]

Assimilant- American English- One who assimilates, or one who has assimilated. —This unsigned comment was added by 174.130.88.212 (talk) at 04:43, 4 April 2020‎.

Add it. --BoldLuis (talk) 10:23, 16 May 2020 (UTC)

incolo[edit]

In De Bello Gallico passive is used for this verb "Britanniae pars interior ab eis incolitur quos natos in insula..." sed entry says "active only".

Word of the day: panda[edit]

Real fun... I never thought it had a such meaning.

Curious word meaning of the month. :-) --BoldLuis (talk) 10:25, 16 May 2020 (UTC)

verbalist[edit]

The entry for "verbalist" contains the following vandalistic non sequitur or prank sentence: <redacted>

Please do something about this. I would remove it myself, but I don't know how and I am busy working. —This unsigned comment was added by 185.183.19.230 (talk) at 11:45, 5 April 2020 (UTC).

Thanks, reverted and personal information hidden in the edit history. When reporting vandalism, it's not necessary to quote the text- that just propagates it and gives it a wider audience. Chuck Entz (talk) 15:03, 5 April 2020 (UTC)

Wiktionary:Feedback[edit]

I would appreciate if the icon which is displayed on the browser tab when a page from the Thesaurus is open in my Chrome browser was different from the icon displayed when displaying a page from the Wiktionary so that I can quickly and easily determine which tab refers to which page instead of having to examine each one to locate the page I require. Thank You Kindly

Can it be performed?. --BoldLuis (talk) 10:30, 16 May 2020 (UTC)

Word of the day: as I live and breathe[edit]

Thank you for having me the day as about god it was the happiest day thank you 😇👼🙏

Yes, god is good --Vitoscots (talk) 00:07, 17 April 2020 (UTC)
I investigated and added translations. Funny work. Thanks. On the other hand, how do you add these emoticons? --BoldLuis (talk) 10:42, 16 May 2020 (UTC)
@BoldLuis: I'm not the one you asked but I'll tell you how I do it on my laptop. I go to iemoji.com or Emojipedia, look for the emoji I want or browse the emojis and settle on the most appropriate one, copy the emoji, and paste it. I suppose other people might look up the Unicode number(s) of their desired emoji and type those number(s).
People who use smartphones to post have emoji keyboards on their devices. —173.129.64.221 23:55, 25 May 2020 (UTC)
Thank you a lot - 🙏 BoldLuis (talk) 12:54, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

sentence[edit]

Well, I like Wiktionary. This article made me aware of the prince-prints merger. I've seen /n(t)s/ before, but only seeing [t͡s] made me curious enough to investigate it. This is a great aspect of Wiktionary - it lets you learn about many sound changes. I wish more words had an accurate phonetic transcription, showing also less known phonetic changes.

This could be added in the Preferences menu: for XXX language use the XXX variation by defualt (other collapse). Just an idea to solve the problem. --BoldLuis (talk) 10:28, 16 May 2020 (UTC)

Βασίλειος[edit]

Under Greek – Related terms – Άγιος Βασίλης, I suggest adding, after "Father Christmas", that this is in contrast with Saint Nick. —⁠173.129.124.70 14:38, 18 April 2020 (UTC)

Category:English double contractions[edit]

you should include to've.

What is contracted with "to've"? —Justin (koavf)TCM 01:11, 19 April 2020 (UTC)
to have, surely. Glad to've answered yer question. --Vitoscots (talk) 20:53, 19 April 2020 (UTC)
@Vitoscots: How would that be a double contraction? —Justin (koavf)TCM 21:45, 19 April 2020 (UTC)
It wouldn't be a doub'c'ion. The initial poster probably made a mistake --Vitoscots (talk) 21:59, 19 April 2020 (UTC)
@Vitoscots: That's what I reckoned, was hoping he would answer. Thanks. —Justin (koavf)TCM 22:03, 19 April 2020 (UTC)

לעבן־געבליבענער[edit]

The third part of the etymology is a bit strange (the "-er" part meaning "-er"). I'd say -er is just the nominative ending (gebliben + -er), as in גוטער (guter), from גוט (gut). --188.100.60.45 16:49, 21 April 2020 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Fixed. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 16:56, 21 April 2020 (UTC)

you shouldn't have[edit]

I don't understand! Where are the synonyms!?!?!?!

Better, more quotations [quotonary :-)] (although I understand and translated to other language). --BoldLuis (talk) 10:47, 16 May 2020 (UTC)

Special:Search sincere thanks[edit]

This website has helped my own scholarship enormously. I'm so grateful!

K. Bennett, Shanghai, China

Thanks, K! Can you tell us more about how we helped and what we can do to be better in the future? —Justin (koavf)TCM 05:26, 23 April 2020 (UTC)

benignity[edit]

This is exactly the sort of rarely used, yet likely to occur to people as a possible word because of its counterpart 'malignity', which is most likely to benefit from an audible model for pronunciation, but least likely in my experience to have one.

See the frequently asked questions at the top of this page. — SGconlaw (talk) 04:31, 25 April 2020 (UTC)

Can it show "siblings" using existing "descendants" data?[edit]

Many English words came from Old French or Latin. And Old French often has, well, modern French descendant(s). I could click the Old French link in the etymology section of an English word, and then find its modern descendant(s), but that is an extra step. If Wiktionary already has the data for etymological parents, and descendants, can't it use those data automatically to generate "siblings" section, so that an English word entry could show words in other languages that were originated from the same parent(s)? Sin Jeong-hun (talk) 22:45, 25 April 2020 (UTC)

Unfortunately, Wiktionary isn't structured like that. In the case of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and other languages that use Han characters, a separate system of templates and modules has been added on top of our current structure. It uses a lot of resources (almost half of the entries with permanent system problems are Han character entries) and is difficult to understand and maintain. The people editing those languages will tell you that it's worth it, but it wouldn't be practical to do it for all the millions of entries in other languages.
We do have templates that can transclude the descendants sections of specific descendants, but what you're talking about would require searching for entries, which is a huge drain on the system. There might be some way to have a template in the ancestor entry that would only search entries that actually linked to the ancestor entries, but I'm not sure that would be a good idea. Our present system relies on people manually adding descendants to the ancestor entries, which is far from completely done. Chuck Entz (talk) 23:17, 25 April 2020 (UTC)
Can you add this template, please?. --BoldLuis (talk) 10:54, 16 May 2020 (UTC)

Subaru[edit]

Does subaru mean love, as the car manufacturer says? —This unsigned comment was added by 2603:9009:602:b900:11db:7f5f:6e8:7ff1 (talk) at 17:12, 26 April 2020 (UTC).

See metaphor Chuck Entz (talk) 17:23, 26 April 2020 (UTC)

いただきます[edit]

It says "The following entry is uncreated: 頂きます" even though that page is already created. And why いただきます does not have categories? This is common word so please solve the problem.

@Eirikr converted this page to its current form, so perhaps he can weigh in on this error. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 01:07, 11 May 2020 (UTC)

May 2020[edit]

coniugo[edit]

In the classical pronunciation sound file, the stress is on the 2nd syllable, it should be on the first (as correctly transcribed phonetically) —This unsigned comment was added by 104.238.59.163 (talk).

At the risk of being accused of harassment, @EncycloPetey created this sound file. Perhaps he could replace it with one that has the correct stress. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 01:08, 11 May 2020 (UTC)
What's an American dude doing adding Latin pronunciation anyway, when we can go in our time machine back to Ancient Rome and get a native speaker to record an audio file? --Undurbjáni (talk) 22:32, 15 May 2020 (UTC)
Ah yes, they didn't have broadband in Ancient Rome, silly me --Undurbjáni (talk) 22:32, 15 May 2020 (UTC)
lol --BoldLuis (talk) 10:57, 16 May 2020 (UTC)

Feedback on appearance[edit]

"We are particularly interested in hearing things you want changed about the appearance of Wiktionary"

Like Wikipedia, those Wikimedia sites need to provide easy access to a layout switch, featuring a one column-only layout (like mobile Wikipedia). Thus, I can size my browser window down efficiently, without that infinite extended side bar at the left. The side content would probably become menus with pop-up lists. Also there should be a simple, direct dark mode for even logged-out users. Just one dark mode would make a lot of difference, just as there is already one default light theme.


So, feature requested (layout switch) resume:
  • One column-only layout (as mobile Wikipedia, without extended side bar at the left).
  • Dark mode (layout). My comment---->Perhaps can also can be passed to Phabricator: (otherwise changing optional css cannot be used) .--BoldLuis (talk) 11:01, 16 May 2020 (UTC). --BoldLuis (talk) 11:02, 16 May 2020 (UTC)

Show the IPA symbol for French conjugated verb entries[edit]

For example, the entry conseillerez shows no pronunciation, but if I click the linked infinitive verb entry, I can see the IPA symbol for the conjugated form there. Aren't the separate conjugated verb entries and the conjugation table on the infinitive verb entries generated automatically? Then, why not show the IPA symbol on the conjugated verb entries, too, using the same existing data? Then I would not have to navigate to the linked page and search the table to see the pronunciation.

Come to think of it, why not show the conjugation table in the conjugated verb entries, too? The page is practically empty; having a table there would not hurt.

It's a good point. conseillerez was originally created by User:Keenebot2, the bot of a renowned vandal. I happen to know for a fact that that user originally wanted to include pronunciation in all of the conjugated French verbs, but was too lazy to go through with it. It's a pity, but we could probably get someone to make a bot or a program whereby en.wiktionary steals the pronunciation from fr.wiktionary. --Undurbjáni (talk) 22:29, 15 May 2020 (UTC)
So, I added pronunciation to conseillerez - a tiny drop in a huge ocean, I know, but it shows that we at Wiktionary care about users' comments. --Undurbjáni (talk) 22:34, 15 May 2020 (UTC)
Good idea to have more IPA pronuncations automatically. --BoldLuis (talk) 11:05, 16 May 2020 (UTC)

boult[edit]

a) where has the "watch this page" link gone? It seems to be only available when you do an edit of the page. b) wow. Has wiktionary editing got complex or what! Just hope someone can format my entries ok. —This unsigned comment was added by Richardb43 (talkcontribs).

@Richardb43: You may not be familiar with the Vector skin. Maybe you see a star you can click? Or you can press Alt+Shift+W. A lot of Wiktionary is handled by templates and Lua modules, so that can be confusing or complicated at first but it makes things much more standardized and reliable ultimately. —Justin (koavf)TCM 07:01, 12 May 2020 (UTC)
But, yes, Wiktionary editing gets more complex by the year. That's probably one reason that we don't have as many active editors as we'd like - but we have a tutorial to help. --Undurbjáni (talk) 22:25, 15 May 2020 (UTC)

Priest[edit]

How come you do not have a definition of a Priest in theological terms? —This unsigned comment was added by 2001:bb6:4121:7c58:3d3b:56fc:5ff6:b3d9 (talk) at 22:09, 13 May 2020.

You were looking at the proper noun (hence the capital letter "P"). For the common noun, see priest. — SGconlaw (talk) 14:43, 13 May 2020 (UTC)

poke[edit]

Under Etymology 4 of the English word, there's a link to the definition of the Hawaiian word but the entry lacks a Hawaiian section. —⁠184.208.121.250 15:59, 14 May 2020 (UTC)

Yeah, we're not very good at Hawaiian here on Wiktionary - not a lot of active users that know the language. I added the word to the Hawaiian request page, so maybe someone will add it one day. --Undurbjáni (talk) 22:22, 15 May 2020 (UTC)

Category:da:Materials[edit]

What nonsense is this "If you have time, leave us a note" at the bottom of the left margin? Where did the language links (link to Wikidata) go? --LA2 (talk) 16:28, 14 May 2020 (UTC)

@LA2: it means that “Category:da:Materials” has no equivalents in other languages. Compare kalksten – you’ll see a list of language links. — SGconlaw (talk) 16:49, 14 May 2020 (UTC)
Yes, I see now that this link has always been there. But something else is missing. I wanted to add the language link and I couldn't. See Wiktionary:Grease pit#Add language links. --LA2 (talk) 16:55, 14 May 2020 (UTC)

pail[edit]

I use the terms garbage pail and trash pail to refer to a large (e.g., 30-gallon) household container, typically kept outdoors, that is made of plastic rather than metal because it doesn't seem right to me to call it a garbage can or a trash can . The entry for pail seems to lack a definition for this use. In addition, to find translations for pail, the reader is directed to the entry for bucket. I looked for a Spanish word for pail in the aforementioned sense but after looking at the corresponding entries for a few in the Spanish Wiktionary, I'm unsure the ones for bucket work for this use. —⁠184.208.121.250 17:50, 14 May 2020 (UTC)
I see now that Wiktionary has entries for garbage pail and garbage can. The former essentially directs the reader to the latter, and the latter has Spanish translations more suitable than those at bucket. —⁠184.208.121.250 18:27, 14 May 2020 (UTC)

kinga[edit]

Would it be possible to have a button "expand all" in conjugation for Swahili verb ? It's very annoying to have to expand them all one by one to be able to search. For example, if I want to know which tense is "utumiavyo", I expand all the tense and then do a search with the browser. —This unsigned comment was added by 196.207.146.129 (talk) at 19:15, 17 May 2020‎.

@196.207.146.129: there is a "Show inflection" link in the menu bar on the left side of the screen. Clicking it will open all the conjugation sections. — SGconlaw (talk) 11:44, 17 May 2020 (UTC)

Appendix talk:Glossary of military slang[edit]

I just wanted to leave one I don't see on the list which is "No Joy" which I belive means did not happen, or did not complete mission, No success.

Word of the day: circumscribe[edit]

That word was Word of the Day on 10 August 2008. — SGconlaw (talk) 16:55, 18 May 2020 (UTC)

Turdetani[edit]

How the heck do you pronounce this in English? --2600:8804:1:DF00:4875:38DD:19B8:1E44 03:47, 19 May 2020 (UTC)

Word of the day: floriography[edit]

This is nice but needs you do say it more nicely please

Womble is a proper name.[edit]

Womble is a proper name! —This unsigned comment was added by Po1orw (talkcontribs) at 20:47, 21 May 2020 (UTC).

We know.184.208.33.144 01:02, 22 May 2020 (UTC)

crate[edit]

I believe crate training should be added as a derived term but I don't know where it should be added, under the noun or under the verb definitions. —⁠184.208.33.144 01:09, 22 May 2020 (UTC)

beeves[edit]

Hi there,

The term Beeves is used mostly by farmers in common parlance.. Example - they (farmers) commonly refer to 'Beeves' when they refer to how many cows/bulls/oxen where slaughtered today.

kind regards

Alan Key

Thanks, but we already knew that and have citations spanning 5 centuries (we're pretty smart, you see) --Undurbjáni (talk) 09:02, 25 May 2020 (UTC)
No, that isn't what our context label says. If Mr. Key is right, it might be appropriate to note that somehow, since the usage he describes is neither "archaic" nor "humorous." Andrew Sheedy (talk) 02:03, 26 May 2020 (UTC)

o'clock[edit]

I love the content of wiktionary, but style-wise it still looks like it's from the early 00's (it probably has changed a lot since then. I very much like the modern styles other wikis have, e.g. wiki.js

We're early 00's and proud of it (from 2002, actually!). If by modern styles you're referring to the You-tube, Insta-gram, Twitter, FriendsReunited, Snap-chat and Myspace links, we're not likely to include them any time soon. One of the most hi-tech things we have is a Citations timeline like on Citations:months. OK, I see your point. --Undurbjáni (talk) 10:58, 29 May 2020 (UTC)

goose is cooked[edit]

Also the long unseen "cake is/will be dough", of the same apparent meaning. 100.40.128.39 17:27, 28 May 2020 (UTC)

Reconstruction:Proto-Indo-European/bʰréh₂tēr[edit]

I just wanted to say that your articles about reconstructing the Indo-European language are amazing.

wollen[edit]

I think that the spelling of this name is a bit off

The form that uses a w was originally marked by two V's it was pronounced like a G when William the conqueror came from france. "Golem" it is likely the origin of the word VOL-UME

Word of the day: salami-slice[edit]

most unique great word.