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Of interest[edit]

"Of interest" alternates between appendices and glossaries and is featured on Tuesdays.

Nominations (appendices)[edit]

Nominations (glossaries)[edit]

Literary progenitor[edit]

"Literary progenitor" is the "Saturday Special" and showcases a word and a group of its descendants.


If words could talk[edit]

"If words could talk" features an etymology on Saturdays.


The word out[edit]

"The word out" present interesting quotes and word usage that have arisen from recent events. Featured Thursdays.


Newly discovered[edit]

"Newly discovered" displays a neologism and must include a citation. Featured Wednesdays.

Friday's foreign phrase[edit]

Includes a foreign language phrasebook entry and its English translation. Must include an IPA pronunciation.


Funny quote[edit]

Funny quotes presents an amusing (for any reason) or witty quote from the Wiktionary. Featured Fridays.


  • “‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less.’

    “‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

    “‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master -- that's all.’

    “Alice was too much puzzled to say anything; so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again. ‘They've a temper, some of them -- particularly verbs: they're the proudest -- adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs -- however, I can manage the whole lot of them! Impenetrability! That's what I say!’”

    —Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, Chapter VI. —Internoob (DiscCont) 01:38, 11 April 2010 (UTC)
  • "They spell it "Vinci" and pronounce it "Vinchy". Foreigners always spell better than they pronounce." -1869, Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad, p182 --L☺g☺maniac 01:55, 16 December 2009 (UTC)
  • Ain’t! How often am I to tell you ain’t ain’t a word?” -1896, Israel Zangwill, Without Prejudice, p21 --Yair rand 03:57, 11 November 2009 (UTC)

Rhymes with chimes[edit]

"Rhymes with chimes" is a collection of rhymes which is featured on Thursays.


On equal terms[edit]

"On equal terms" is a collection of synonyms which is featured on Thursdays. All nominations must include a link to a Wikisaurus entry.


In tongues[edit]

Any English word and six translations. Featured Mondays. Please only include translation that have entries.


For your eyes only[edit]

"For your eyes only" present a short remark on usage, broadly defined. Featured Sundays.


  • french fry
    In US English, "french" is generally not capitalised. In UK English, it is always capitalised.
  • Effect” is often confused with “affect”. The latter is used to convey the influence over existing ideas, emotions and entities; the former indicates the manifestation of new or original ideas or entities:
    • “...new governing coalitions have effected major changes” indicates that major changes were made as a result of new governing coalitions.
    • “...new governing coalitions have affected major changes” indicates that before new governing coalitions, major changes were in place, and that the new governing coalitions had some influence over these existing changes. --Yair rand 19:34, 18 February 2010 (UTC)
  • very, too
    When used in their senses as degree adverbs, "very" and "too" never modify verbs. --Yair rand 23:20, 2 February 2010 (UTC)
  • -ible
    In general, forms derived from Latin verbs of the second, third, and fourth conjugations take -ible, as well as a few words whose roots end in a soft c or g. All other words take -able, particularly words from the Latin first conjugation, words that evolved through French, and words from Anglo-Saxon. --Yair rand 23:13, 2 February 2010 (UTC)
  • -able
    Traditionally, verbs ending in unstressed -ate drop this suffix before adding -able; hence, communicable (able to be communicated), eradicable (possible to eradicate), and so on. --Yair rand 23:13, 2 February 2010 (UTC)
  • Hummer
    Since the introduction of the civilian Hummer in the 1990s, this term has ceased to be used for the military vehicle; the term "Humvee" is typically used instead. --Yair rand 04:11, 16 December 2009 (UTC)
  • will
    Historically, will was used in the simple future sense only in the second and third person, while shall was used in the first person. Today, that distinction is almost entirely lost, and the verb takes the same form in all persons and both numbers. Similarly, in the intent sense, will was historically used with the second and third person, while shall was reserved for the first person. --Yair rand 04:10, 16 December 2009 (UTC)
  • literally
    Literally should not be used as an intensifier. It may seem like such (e.g. "I had literally no duties or responsibilities"). It should not be used in phrases that cannot be taken literally. "He was literally blown away by the news" is not a correct usage. This word does not fit slang or hyperbole, because it asserts the first and most obvious definition of a word. --Yair rand 03:58, 16 December 2009 (UTC)
  • Internet
    Usage in reference to the global network is normally capitalised, reserving internet with a lower-case i for any other set of computer networks connected by internetworking. --Yair rand 03:48, 16 December 2009 (UTC)
  • police
    Formerly a singular noun, police (#1) is now almost always used as a collective noun with a plural verb, as in "Run, the police are coming!" --Yair rand 03:33, 16 December 2009 (UTC)
  • practice
    British, Canadian and Australian English distinguish between practice (a noun) and practise (a verb), analogously with advice/advise. In American English, practice is commonly used for both forms. --Yair rand 03:33, 16 December 2009 (UTC)
  • fruit
    In the botanical and figurative senses, fruit is usually treated as uncountable:
    a bowl of fruit; eat plenty of fruit; the tree provides fruit. --Yair rand 03:33, 16 December 2009 (UTC)
  • litre
    The litre is not an SI unit but is accepted for use with SI units. The official SI symbols are the capital or lower-case roman L. The script symbol ℓ, while not officially sanctioned, was sometimes used in non-technical contexts to prevent the lower-case roman l from being confused with 1, the number one. --Yair rand 03:21, 16 December 2009 (UTC)