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Have an entry request? Add it to the list. - But please:

  • Think twice before adding long lists of words as they may be ignored.
  • If possible provide context, usage, field of relevance, etc.

Please remove entries from this list once they have been written (i.e. the link is “live”, shown in blue, and has a section for the correct language)

There are a few things you can do to help:

  • For inflected languages, if you see inflected forms (plurals, past tenses, superlatives, etc) indicate the base form (singular, infinitive, absolute, etc) of the requested term and the type of inflection used in the request.
  • For words in languages that don’t use Latin script but are listed here only in their romanized form, please add the correct form in the native script.
  • Don’t delete words just because you don’t know them — it may be that they are used only in certain contexts or are archaic or obsolete.
  • Don’t simply replace words with what you believe is the correct form. The form here may be rare or regional. Instead add the standard form and comment that the requested form seems to be an error in your experience.

Requested-entry pages for other languages: Category:Requested entries by language. See also: Category:English terms needing attention.

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  • bachelor griller — I have added an article on this at EN:WP but it could do with a DICDEF and I don't have dictionaries with me. The term seems to be at least 100 years old in UK English but seems to be uncommon in the United States. SimonTrew (talk) 09:58, 7 March 2014 (UTC)
    Contrary to the remark in the WP article, I think this may have originated as a trademark: it is nearly always found with both words capitalised. Equinox 14:32, 2 May 2014 (UTC)
  • blackophobe - someone who fears or dislikes black people (blackophobic)
  • bow guard, bowguard — in archery, the leather strip (armguard) that goes on your inner left forearm to protect it from the bowstring; in boating, it protects the bow area of a boat.

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  • banjo*, or dueling banjos, with regard to Southern USA rural life. Sometimes indicates inbreeding or a lack of education. Based on the famous scene from Deliverance. --Dmol (talk) 20:06, 11 June 2015 (UTC)
  • be in the process of - very surprised we don't have this common idiom, and none of the meanings of process would help a non-native speaker. "be in the process of doing X" means "be currently doing X" or "be starting to do X"; this probably needs to be a separate entry from just in the process of, which means "while". Benwing (talk) 07:48, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
  • boils my parsnips (boils one's parsnips?)
  • bosker Synonym for bonzer Cagliost (talk) 14:25, 27 May 2015 (UTC)
  • brummagaem — noun form of brummagem, used by Henry James in his 1892 story "The Lesson of the Master"[2]
  • business studies
  • boshter Synonym for bonzer Cagliost (talk) 14:28, 27 May 2015 (UTC)
  • brude* - A word that derives from the combination of two words such as 'Bro' and 'Dude'. Bro+Dude=Brude! It's a informal word used for person, who one thinks that as a brother as well as dude! Very recently it has been used in some part of India!! But once get's popularity or if everyone starts using it, 'll become a pretty famous word just like dude or bro!!
    Brud. --WikiWinters (talk) 15:42, 4 June 2015 (UTC)
  • buzzle

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  • canopy mark - something involving Roman numerals in classical Latin text.
  • castle rail -- part of the frame of a car located by the sill / rocker panel, possibly British
  • controlled variable in a science experiment, the variable that is adjusted/altered to see what different outcomes occur. For example, you might test to see which of three chemicals do a better job of cleaning a surface. The cleaning chemicals are the controlled variable.
  • courve - a non-Jewish woman; a shiksa ([3]? [4])
    This looks to be an ad hoc transliteration from Russian курва (‘whore’) and its cognates rather than an English borrowing.
    Yiddish?

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  • drailing - v. composing and sending an embarrassing email message while inebriated; alsoː d-railing; alsoː drail; etymologyː drunk + emailing

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  • ese*, eses* - Hispanic slang for "friend" (or, more accurately, "homie"); heard (and read in the subtitles) in spoken English dialogue in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (see ése}})

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  • flying kilometer - Average speed measured over a distance of exactly one kilometer, where all intentional acceleration is performed before entering the measured mile, and all slowing is performed after leaving the measured area.
  • flying mile - Average speed measured over a distance of exactly one mile, where all intentional acceleration is performed before entering the measured mile, and all slowing is performed after leaving the measured area.
  • for my sins ironically, e.g. "They made me captain, for my sins"
  • free roam
  • free-roaming

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  • ulnar loop- a term used in classifying fingerprints, as well as in diagnosing congenital disorders like Down's Syndrome

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As a noun, adjective, or both? Donnanz (talk) 00:06, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

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  • wangst: from wank or whiny? + angst. Fandom slang; many hits on Google Groups.
  • want to say ("I want to say" "I wanna say" etc) (used when someone is giving tentative uncertain answers)
    Seems incredibly SOP. --WikiWinters (talk) 21:56, 9 June 2015 (UTC)
  • whistle for it or maybe can whistle for it - have no hope of getting it "As far as Syriza was concerned, if the troika wanted their money back they could whistle for it" [19]

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