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Scope: This page is for requests for deletion of pages, entries and senses in the main namespace for a reason other than that the term cannot be attested. One of the reasons for posting an entry or a sense here is that it is a sum of parts, such as "green leaf". It is occasionally used for undeletion requests, requests to restore entries that may have been wrongly deleted.

Out of scope: This page is not for requests for deletion in other namespaces such as "Category:" or "Template:", for which see Wiktionary:Requests for deletion/Others. It is also not for requests for attestation. Blatantly obvious candidates for deletion should only be tagged with {{delete|Reason for deletion}} and not listed.

Adding a request: To add a request for deletion, place the template {{rfd}} or {{rfd-sense}} to the questioned entry, and then make a new nomination here. The section title should be exactly the wikified entry title such as "[[green leaf]]". The deletion of just part of a page may also be proposed here. If an entire section is being proposed for deletion, the tag {{rfd}} should be placed at the top; if only a sense is, the tag {{rfd-sense}} should be used, or the more precise {{rfd-redundant}} if it applies. In any of these cases, any editor including non-admins may act on the discussion.

Closing a request: A request can be closed when a decision to delete, keep, or transwiki has been reached, or after the request has expired. Closing a request normally consists of the following actions:

  • Deleting or removing the entry or sense (if it was deleted), or de-tagging it (if it was kept). In either case, the edit summary or deletion summary should indicate what is happening.
  • Adding a comment to the discussion here with either RFD deleted or RFD kept, indicating what action was taken.
  • Striking out the discussion header.

(Note: The above is typical. However, in many cases, the disposition is more complicated than simply "RFD deleted" or "RFD kept".)

Archiving a request: At least a week after a request has been closed, if no one has objected to its disposition, the request should be archived to the entry's talk page. This consists of removing the discussion from this page, and copying it to the entry's talk page using {{archive-top|rfd}} + {{archive-bottom}}. Examples of discussions archived at talk pages: Talk:piffle, Talk:good job. Note that talk pages containing such discussions are preserved even if the associated article is deleted.

Time and expiration: Entries and senses should not normally be deleted in less than seven days after nomination. When there is no consensus after some time, the template {{look}} should be added to the bottom of the discussion. If there is no consensus for more than a month, the entry should be kept as a 'no consensus'.

Oldest tagged RFDs


November 2017[edit]

pick up the phone[edit]

Delete (or convert to a {{translation only}} entry if it's really needed). --Barytonesis (talk) 15:26, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

{{translation only}} seems fine to me. The translations are hard to guess. Palaestrator verborum (loquier) 16:11, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
Even though pick up has a phone-specific sense (which is reasonable, since you can “pick up” a phone by pressing a button or swiping an icon), I’d expect pick up the smartphone or pick up the mobile to be possible if this was just pick up + the + phone. — Ungoliant (falai) 11:47, 5 December 2017 (UTC)
These may be possible (see a cite I found below); "phone" might just be more common. Equinox 12:00, 5 December 2017 (UTC)
  • 2012, Robyn Carr, Virgin River (page 424)
    And to Sharon Lampert, RN, WHNP, for sharing her expertise as a women's health nurse practitioner, but mostly for picking up your cell phone no matter where you were and answering delicate questions about female anatomy and function with directness and honesty.
I mean this wording specifically (pick up the <type of phone>). It is odd that you can say “pick up your <any type of phone>” and “your <any type of phone> is ringing, Joe. Pick it up”, but only “pick up the (tele)phone, God damn it!” (or rather, other nouns are unexpectedly rare in this construct specifically). — Ungoliant (falai) 12:13, 5 December 2017 (UTC)
(note: my comments are not a vote) — Ungoliant (falai) 12:24, 5 December 2017 (UTC)
It does not seem to be idiomatic. Make a {{translation only}} or delete it, IMO. - -sche (discuss) 23:21, 8 March 2018 (UTC)
Make {{translation only}} or delete. pick up + the + phone. If we deleted it, could the translations be moved to pick up as a translation of sense 13? Of the languages I know it seems acceptable, but I don't know about the rest. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 03:12, 1 June 2018 (UTC)

Delete. Translations can be moved to pick up or to a combination of targets. Kiwima (talk) 20:29, 30 September 2018 (UTC)

  • Keep as is: it can only be sum of parts with respect to the phone-specific sense of pick up, and it seems "pick up the phone" (or telephone) came first, and from it pick up developed as an abbreviation; I am not sure. dictionary.cambridge.org has it for learners[1], which is a bit of a WT:LEMMING. As for the claim that translations can be moved to a combination of targets, that is user unfriendly and may not even work. --Dan Polansky (talk) 18:38, 5 October 2018 (UTC)

December 2017[edit]


RFD-sense: the manufacturer. Does this satisfy WT:BRAND? PseudoSkull (talk) 00:28, 8 December 2017 (UTC)

"Does this satisfy WT:BRAND?" is a question for WT:RFVE and not for WT:RFDE. 03:57, 9 December 2017 (UTC)
There is also a Gibson shoe, a lace-up shoe for men, so I don't know how you get on there, e.g. I'm going to wear my Gibsons today. DonnanZ (talk) 15:43, 10 December 2017 (UTC)
I don't know but nothing good for the dictionary user is going to come out of this nomination. The challenge is how to search for quotations meeting WT:BRAND. --Dan Polansky (talk) 15:55, 10 December 2017 (UTC)
I'm not sure what the problem is. I remember most BRAND cases coming to RED. What did I miss? PseudoSkull (talk) 23:35, 11 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Here's one: 2008: Rick Rinehart, ‎Amy Rinehart, Dare to Survive: Death, Heartbreak, and Triumph in the Wild, p. xiv: "We'd like to think that his spirit lives on under the western sky he so loved, strumming his Gibson somewhere and belting out a Woody Guthrie ballad to an audience of coyotes and rabbitbrush". This is in the acknowledgments, and nowhere does the book state that a Gibson is a guitar. bd2412 T 22:40, 12 December 2017 (UTC)
  • I added the common noun (i.e. "Gibsons" are guitars) when I saw this nomination. The nom is for the proper noun, i.e. the company name, not its products. Equinox 19:19, 13 December 2017 (UTC)
    • I see. Delete the company name. bd2412 T 19:36, 13 December 2017 (UTC)
Yes, please note that the nomination is only for the company name itself. Any nouns that come from the company name aren't part of this, and can be added separately from this discussion. PseudoSkull (talk) 02:06, 17 December 2017 (UTC)
@PseudoSkull: Brand names can be included in WT, and whether or not they are attested as for WT's requirements for citations (cp. WT:CFI#Brand names) is a question of attestation, verification (i.e. for WT:RFVE). Maybe compare with Wiktionary:Requests for deletion/English#Reddit above.  Or do you emphasize WT:CFI#Brand names's "brand name for a product or service"? With Gibson being a manufacturer, one could argue that it's neither a product nor service, hence to be deleted? With "must not identify any such parties [which includes the manufacturer]" it might also be impossible to attest a manufacturing company's name, even if it where only "brand name" without "for a product or service". (Well, on the other hand one could argue that manufacturing is a service but that doesn't seem to work out.)
PS: There's WT:CFI#Company names, and the manufacturer Gibson is a company, ain't it? So with attestation of a common noun Gibson (= guitar made by the company Gibson), the company name Gibson can be included as by WT:CFI#Company names, can't it?
@BD2412: And why? Being a brand name alone isn't a reason for deletion (as else WT:CFI#Brand names should read "Brand names are excluded" instead of "brand name [...] should be included [...]").
- 04:58, 17 December 2017 (UTC)
Gibson is a company that makes a product, and is not known for providing services apart from the construction of that product. It is common for brand names to enter the lexicon—Kleenex, Xerox, google, escalator, aspirin—but far less common for names of companies to enter the lexicon apart from their products or services. bd2412 T 20:27, 19 December 2017 (UTC)

January 2018[edit]

wine legs[edit]

Sense 3 of legs is written almost identically, minus the wine. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 18:06, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

@Metaknowledge: That was my doing. I've reverted it. To what extent does that change your mind here? —Justin (koavf)TCM 19:37, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
Not at all. This is still SOP because that sense exists. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 20:03, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
Sure, but as far as I'm aware, it's specifically called "wine legs", not "bourbon legs" or "whiskey legs". —Justin (koavf)TCM 02:33, 7 February 2018 (UTC)
So what? It's specifically called an "cat tooth" and not a "hawk tooth" because hawks don't have teeth. I fail to see how that would make cat tooth less SOP. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 02:54, 7 February 2018 (UTC)
If it's called "wine legs" even when it occurs in whisky and not wine, that is a point in favour of a "wine legs" entry. I briefly looked up "whisky legs" in Google Books and found one obvious hit; there might be more. Equinox 02:59, 7 February 2018 (UTC)
Hard redirect to the aforementioned sense of "legs". When I searched for "wine legs" on Google Books I noticed that a lot of hits are actually even more transparently SOP as "[the] wine's legs". The fact that people refer to bare "legs" or "legs of [the/a] wine" with these sense, and rarely also to "alcohol legs", "whisk[e]y['s] legs" and "liquor's legs", shows that the sense of "legs" is not limited to "wine legs", and hence the "red dwarf" test is not met. As an aside, what I expected when I saw the entry title was something like "(legs that are prone to) unsteadiness / stumbling due to drunkenness". - -sche (discuss) 16:25, 8 March 2018 (UTC)
Delete or hard redirect to legs as per -sche. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 13:41, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
Delete or hard redirect or RFV if someone thinks it's also used for other alcoholic beverages. Per utramque cavernam 10:38, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

February 2018[edit]


I'm not convinced this is an actual English word; it looks rather like code-switching to me. The use of italics is telling.

See also Talk:mahā.

@DerekWinters --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 00:08, 18 February 2018 (UTC)

@Per utramque cavernam: To be honest it might be. I'll leave the decision up to you all. But there are quite a decent number of uses, strictly in Indian linguistics. DerekWinters (talk) 01:03, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
I'm not convinced it's citable; every cite I see on Google Books is oṣṭhya, not osthya. But I'll push my standard position; if osthya is verifiable as a word, I don't care much about exactly what language it's under, but I think it highly inappropriate to delete and leave no entry. "oṣṭhya" is an easily attestable word, and thus shouldn't be deleted over an argument about a header name.--Prosfilaes (talk) 03:00, 19 February 2018 (UTC)
I honestly think it's nothing else than Sanskrit (in transliteration, but still). It's the same deal as having Latin words in French sentences: l'ager publicus. That doesn't make ager publicus a French term.
We then have three options: 1) rely on the search engine, which will redirect us to the Devanagari-script Sanskrit entry; 2) create Sanskrit transliteration entries which are attested, or 3) always create Sanskrit transliteration entries, regardless of whether they're attested or not. I don't like 2) because of its randomness, and 3) is more or less out of the question (cf. this discussion). That leaves us 1), which is fine by me. --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 13:37, 19 February 2018 (UTC)

Delete - all cites I could find were in italics and with dots underneath (i.e. oṣṭhya) to signify cerebral consonants which are not part of English phonology. The authors are making it clear that these are Skt words used in English sentences. - Sonofcawdrey (talk) 05:43, 20 February 2018 (UTC)

March 2018[edit]


“The central region of the United States during the 1930s.” and “The 1930s period.”

  • I don’t think these are common nouns. Dust Bowl has both senses (and they are better written there). — Ungoliant (falai) 21:26, 4 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete. There's no need to have these, even as altform defs. PseudoSkull (talk) 20:12, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep. There is a distinct difference between "a dustbowl" and "the dustbowl." Though it would be less ambiguous if capitalized as Dustbowl. Nicole Sharp (talk) 04:21, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
I suppose these should be sent to RFV to look for any usage where the lowercase form means one of those things specifically and can't just be taken as a use of the general sense. (If no such usage exists, delete.) - -sche (discuss) 19:30, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Conditional delete, as per -sche. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 00:18, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep as an alt form if it can pass RfV. Purplebackpack89 15:45, 1 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Should be kept as an alternative to dust bowl. The US one is not the only thing called that. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 06:56, 23 August 2018 (UTC)
  • keep (at least "The central region of the United States during the 1930s"). In anticipation of sche's suggestion that these be sent to RFV, I did some digging, and have cited this. I am happy to delete "The 1930s period", but the cites I added support including the synonym of Dust Bowl, and clearly refer to "the" dustbowl, not just any dustbowl. Kiwima (talk) 21:12, 30 September 2018 (UTC)

Kept. bd2412 T 18:29, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

light roller[edit]

heavy roller[edit]

SOP: sense 3 of roller, "large rolling device used to flatten the surface of the pitch". These were RFDed ten years ago and kept; one person suggested "they name specific physical items": but as can be seen from the two pictures I just added to "roller" and more you can see if you Google "cricket"+"light roller" and "cricket"+"heavy roller", rollers actually come in a variety of designs, including ones that are hand-pushed and ones than are driven like steamrollers, and the only consistent distinction between the light and heavy roller I see is that the light one is lighter than the heavy one. - -sche (discuss) 22:41, 4 March 2018 (UTC)

  • Keep both. They have pretty specific meanings in cricket. SemperBlotto (talk) 10:05, 5 March 2018 (UTC)
  • That's what I thought. Cricket is a game of tactics, and which roller is used depends on circumstances. I would imagine it would only be the larger county cricket grounds that have a choice of rollers, and smaller village and town grounds would have only one (looking at those images). I must have a look on my local cricket green next time I go past it. DonnanZ (talk) 14:21, 5 March 2018 (UTC)

Standard Estonian[edit]

SOP; not dictionary material. --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 23:22, 6 March 2018 (UTC)

What about standard language and the related terms there like Standard German? - 21:55, 12 March 2018 (UTC)
Keep standard language, delete Standard German and the others. --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 13:39, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
Keep. 00:21, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
Why? --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 11:47, 4 April 2018 (UTC)
My instinct is to say delete, because this is just standard Estonian (plus capitalization because it's being used as a proper noun name of a lect), and the meaning is more transparent than North Estonian, where the division between the lects doesn't necessarily have to match a geographic decision with all North Estonian speakers or areas located further north than all natively-South Estonian-speaking areas. You can have Standard Anything. OTOH, we do have Standard English and it passed RFD... - -sche (discuss) 19:25, 17 March 2018 (UTC)

mechanical mouse[edit]

SOP. @John Cross, maybe hold off on creating entries relating to your upcoming vote, especially ones that other people say probably shouldn't have entries... —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 06:32, 7 March 2018 (UTC)

Comment: Aside from the vote that is currently in place about retronyms, let's talk about this entry as if that doesn't exist. Can someone please explain the lexical nature of this lemma? Is it deducible from its parts (i.e. mechanical + mouse)? The current definition (as of the time of this post) says "A pointing device which uses a ball to detect movement." That's the part that's leaning me right now towards a keep vote, since no sense at mechanical very specifically covers the usage of a ball to detect movement (as I expected). Does what is now called a mechanical mouse specifically and only include this feature, as suggests the current definition (as I've loosely gathered from my bit of reading up on the topic)? If so, I will vote keep (later), since this can't be assumed just by looking at the two words mechanical and mouse as fit together in that order. PseudoSkull (talk) 06:56, 7 March 2018 (UTC)
A mechanical mouse is just a mouse operated through mechanical means. The details of what these means are will vary from one contraption to the other, but this has nothing to do with lexicography; "mechanical" doesn't have ten thousands different senses... --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 15:03, 7 March 2018 (UTC)
  • I first thought "clockwork mouse", but reading the entry more closely it dawned on me, it's a computer mouse... DonnanZ (talk) 10:24, 7 March 2018 (UTC)
I enjoy contributing to Wiktionary and I think that the community behind the site matters. With that in mind, I will refrain from creating new entries related to the vote for the remainder of the month. I thought that the mechanical mouse entry would be acceptable irrespective of the retronym vote as it appears to satisfy the so-called Lemming test - the term appears in specialised dictionaries. John Cross (talk) 20:17, 7 March 2018 (UTC)
The formulation "Terms with little of their own merit for inclusion except that they have entries in specialized dictionaries" (italics mine) is wrong as per Wiktionary:Beer parlour/2014/January#Proposal: Use Lemming principle to speed RfDs. So you have been mislead. This discussion allows general, not specialized, dictionaries to be used, as per "Initially, I would suggest that we include only general monolingual dictionaries and exclude idiom dictionaries, phrasebooks, technical glossaries, and WordNet." I have edited Wiktionary:Idioms that survived RFD to correct the issue, and it now says "Terms with little of their own merit for inclusion except that they have entries in general monolingual dictionaries." --Dan Polansky (talk) 17:32, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
Thank you. I was misled. I expect others are confused also. There seem to be two versions of the Lemming Test (A) that allows for specialised dictionaries and possibly even prefers them to general dictionaries and (B) that only allows general monolingual dictionaries. This is all before my time but looking back I can see that in September 2007 there was an 'if your dictionaries jumped off a cliff test' that refers to specialised dictionaries and predates the lemming 'general dictionaries' vote in January 2014 by about six years. [2] See also talk pages of technological unemployment (discussion references "Dictionary of Business Terms" and of "The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy") and genuine issue of material fact (discussion references Black's law dictionary). There does seem to be some precedent for the approach I have taken but it is not as solid as I thought based on reading Wiktionary:Idioms that survived RFD. John Cross (talk) 07:10, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep for the interim. I think the vote starts tomorrow, and wannabe deletionists should hold off RFDing any more SoP entries for the time being. DonnanZ (talk) 10:31, 12 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep and clarify community policy. The main aim of the Lemming Test seems to me to be reducing the need for long debates/detailed analysis - clarity is essential to achieving that. John Cross (talk) 07:13, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete, SOP. --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 13:00, 21 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep. The optical mouse that I am using uses mechanical buttons rather than, say, touch buttons. The term mechanical mouse is understood when brought in contrast to optical mouse. In the quote "A mechanical mouse is a computer hardware input device comprised of a metal or rubber ball in its underside", it does exclude hypothetical pointing devices that use a mechanical principle for motion detection but do not use a ball. For reference, a related vote is Wiktionary:Votes/pl-2018-02/Allow retronyms, which failed. --Dan Polansky (talk) 21:06, 5 October 2018 (UTC)

Kept. bd2412 T 01:43, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Personal Social Health Education[edit]

I sent this to RFD, because I'm more leaning towards delete than keep on this one, but...this entry just confuses me. Do we really need an entry for this? And, according to the Wikipedia article, this isn't even a common form; it at least usually has a comma. If this does get kept, the entry's titling needs some serious cleanup to say the least. PseudoSkull (talk) 08:35, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

The only opinion I have at the moment is it shouldn't be capitalised. DonnanZ (talk) 14:10, 8 March 2018 (UTC)
Hmm, when I was at school it was PSE; the health bit is new (lol obesity epidemic). I think move to RFV if you doubt the commonness of the form. We have plenty of other set-phrase subjects like gender studies. Equinox 19:45, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

in two days[edit]

This seems redundant to both day after tomorrow#Adverb and overmorrow. I suggest redirecting it to the first of those pages (or the second, I don't care). (The reason for redirecting is that we also have in three days, so it makes sense to keep a redirect of the same form for this concept.) - -sche (discuss) 18:46, 12 March 2018 (UTC)

  • I have never ever heard overmorrow being used. Maybe I'm not old enough. DonnanZ (talk) 19:16, 12 March 2018 (UTC)
    I think it's just always been very rare (Google's Ngram Viewer can't even plot it). - -sche (discuss) 04:44, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Redirect to day after tomorrow. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 00:32, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
  • In my opinion the present entry is misconceived, as there is no definition. Even if it is "for translation purposes only" there should still be a definition. As far as redirection is concerned, I am not in favour of unexpected or "what happened there?" automatic redirects, if that is what is being suggested. In fact, I am not in favour of automatic redirects at all. Mihia (talk) 00:35, 20 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete. The only possible use of this entry that I can think of is as an antonym for nudiustertian. Nicole Sharp (talk) 11:33, 24 March 2018 (UTC)
I've centralized the translations, effectively turning this into a soft redirect to day after tomorrow, but IMO it should be a hard redirect, as it is SOP, it accordingly has no definition, and its only claim to entry-worthiness is as a translation hub, but the translations are in another hub. I think there is enough support above to do that, but I'll leave this thread open in case anyone else wants to comment. - -sche (discuss) 19:45, 27 April 2018 (UTC)

pharmacological agent[edit]

Same reason as Talk:chemotherapeutic agent. Equinox 23:27, 13 March 2018 (UTC)

Thanks and delete. --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 10:33, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
Delete. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 11:49, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
The substance, not the salesperson, right :)? Present in The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine[3]. Also in Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 9th edition. © 2009, Elsevier[4]. These are not the typical lemming-heuristic dictionaries, but they do give me a pause. Are our users really better off when the entry is deleted? --Dan Polansky (talk) 13:03, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
Yes, I think so. They won't be misled into thinking that "pharmalogical agent" has an idiomatic sense that it doesn't have. --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 09:22, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
Keep then. 17:47, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
Why? --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 11:45, 4 April 2018 (UTC)

Orthodox Christian[edit]

It seems idiomatic inasmuch as it typically refers to the specific (family of) denomination(s), and not to any orthodox Christian. - -sche (discuss) 17:57, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
Abstain for now. It strikes me as SOP, Orthodox (adj., senses 1 & 2) + Christian (n., sense 1), but I nonetheless tend towards keeping it, probably because of its paraphyly. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 13:25, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
Delete. I've added an additional sense to Orthodox (adj.), which should now cover (almost) all the previously existing exceptions. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 13:41, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
@Lingo Bingo Dingo: That looks good--can we add a usage note though to the noun sense that indicates that its highly common to refer to these people as "Orthodox Christians" rather than as "Orthodoxes", which is a rather uncommon term in English? That, I think, would fully satisfy what Orthodox Christian seeks to offer. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 13:40, 25 March 2018 (UTC)
@SanctMinimalicen That's a good idea. Yes check.svg Done. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 10:41, 26 March 2018 (UTC)
@Lingo Bingo Dingo: Thank you! With that I comfortably support delete. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 23:51, 26 March 2018 (UTC)
Can you explain why paraphyly is a reason for keeping? --WikiTiki89 19:28, 20 March 2018 (UTC)
@Wikitiki89 Why would I? I haven't claimed anything of the sort. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 13:05, 21 March 2018 (UTC)
"but I nonetheless tend towards keeping it, probably because of its paraphyly" --WikiTiki89 13:37, 21 March 2018 (UTC)
@Wikitiki89 You are quoting me as I described. I'm describing a cause, not a reason. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 13:53, 21 March 2018 (UTC)
Why does its paraphyly cause you to lean towards keeping? --WikiTiki89 14:28, 21 March 2018 (UTC)
@Wikitiki89 Mostly because it is an unusual feature in diachronic typologies of Christianity, which tend to be grouped by split, creed, etc. That said, I was also curious if there is a distinction in use between Orthodox and Orthodox Christian for the groups to which it can refer, e.g. with respect to sects like the Old Believers. There doesn't seem to be one. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 10:46, 26 March 2018 (UTC)
Delete, per Wikitiki89. --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 19:40, 19 March 2018 (UTC)


The etymologies of the derived terms don't use this suffix. It seems to me that this page is a misanalysis. DTLHS (talk) 02:30, 18 March 2018 (UTC)

Wow, the (early) edit history is weird, displaying the unlinked text "imported>SP-KP‎" in the space where the username of the creating editor should go. - -sche (discuss) 02:42, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
It is the username of the creating editor- with the prefix "imported>" tacked on. That's how they must have handled edit histories of interwikis in those days. Chuck Entz (talk) 04:14, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
Delete. As mentioned above, this is not a true suffix. PseudoSkull (talk) 04:18, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
I'm conflicted: on the one hand, this is obviously bogus. On the other hand, it would be nice to have someplace to explain the invariant pattern of individual members of taxa with translingual names ending in -zoa being called by an English name ending in -zoan. This is the same as with the taxonomic sense of -phyte (which also has other problems) and -phyta. Then there are -ids, -ines and -forms, as well as -aceous adjectives. Chuck Entz (talk) 05:00, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Well the OED has it. Ƿidsiþ 06:51, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
Well, we do use "suffix" in etymology sections to describe endings that are not strictly suffixes (Category talk:English nouns ending in "-ism" has some discussion of this). And while I've opposed entries for some in the past (Talk:-oth, Talk:-os), they've been kept for lack of consensus to delete. I even created a suffix section for -x, which replaces the arguably non-suffixal endings -o/-a on e.g. amigo/amiga. In this case, even major lemmings like the OED and Merriam-Webster (and Collins) have entries for this (MW and Collins also have -zoon, but not -zoan). And it comes from a Greek word zoion, so the only leap is in analysing the ending as a suffix; it's not a case of a word being broken up "incorrectly" like adder being extracted from nadder. And it's useful, as Chuck says. So, weak keep. - -sche (discuss) 18:51, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

car door[edit]

Could be a sum of parts. There is a 2006 discussion at Talk:car door. Can someone attest cardoor so that WT:COALMINE applies? And does translation hub argument apply, via French portière and Spanish portezuela? car door at OneLook Dictionary Search does not find the classical lemming dictionaries. --Dan Polansky (talk) 08:46, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
cardoor? Ugh. DP wants to use coalmine for all the wrong reasons. Just keep it. DonnanZ (talk) 09:06, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
@DonnanZ: In the spirit of substance-based discussion seeking arguments and evidence, keep it why? --Dan Polansky (talk) 09:12, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
It does appear to have two senses, one automotive, the other a railway carriage door, especially in American English; the quote appears to bear this out. DonnanZ (talk) 13:12, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
I cannot see any reason why this is not sum of parts. Mihia (talk) 23:05, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
Abstain. It probably passes COALMINE, but a problem is that most appearances on BGC are in snippet view and that in many cases where "cardoor(s)" is attested, there are also unverifiable hits for "car door". Leaving those out, some results where "cardoor(s)" is the most common are: [5], [6] (messy, 3 hits for "cardoor(s)" and 2 for "car door(s)"), [7], [8] ("car door" could be a less common variant), [9] ("car door" is less common than "cardoor"). Many hits refer to agricultural suppliers operating from their car in the US ca. 1910 to 1960.
The sense "carriage door" can be attested for "car door" (probably not for "cardoor"), but consider car senses 3 to 5. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 11:16, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
Delete. Otherwise we need truck door, etc. Nicole Sharp (talk) 23:50, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
If "car door" exists as an elision of carriage door (as opposed to just being "the door of a car"), then keep. Nicole Sharp (talk) 23:55, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
I'm not in America, but what about a boxcar door? Can it also be called a car door? DonnanZ (talk) 00:41, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Leaning keep. I would think that on an automobile, "car door" refers to the driver and passenger doors, but not to a rear door like a hatchback. I would agree that the door of a boxcar is also called a car door. bd2412 T 14:23, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
    Here and here, "hatchback door" is defined as "a sloping rear car door that is lifted to open".  --Lambiam 17:39, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete – sum-of-parts. The argument (offered at the 2006 RFV) that a car door differs from a bathroom door in being specifically designed for a car does not cut it, as far as I'm concerned. The same is true for car fender, which is a fender specifically designed for a car. Likewise for car axle, car engine, car tyre, car spoiler, ..., all of which are in actual use.  --Lambiam 17:54, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
Delete, SOP. Per utramque cavernam 11:31, 20 August 2018 (UTC)


less than stellar[edit]

  • Can we do an RFD for the word of the day? :-O It seems like sum-of-parts to me, e.g. "less-than-awesome," etc. Nicole Sharp (talk) 23:48, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
    • Heh, is there a precedent? 'DonnanZ (talk) 00:37, 19 March 2018 (UTC)'
      • I would describe it in the same vein as the RFD for "low-priced" above. The antonym here would just be "beyond-stellar." E.g. "a beyond-stellar performance," "a less-than-stellar performance," etc.—seems to be pretty clearly sum-of-parts. Nicole Sharp (talk) 01:32, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Comment: there is the sarcasm element, though. Stellar usually means "exceptional, wonderful", and less-than-stellar doesn't simply mean "slightly less exceptional or wonderful" but actually "mediocre" or "poor". That, to my mind, may make it non-SoP. — SGconlaw (talk) 01:40, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
    • The sarcasm element is true, but isn't that kind of verbal irony element applicable to just about anything? I could be stuck in traffic and say "this is great", but one wouldn't include a "(sarcastic) undesireable, inoptimal" definition to the entry for great. Sarcasm, understatement, etc. being sources of definitions seems slippery and difficult to discern/regulate. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 01:55, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
      • I agree with SanctMinimalicen. "Less-than-awesome" has the exact same sarcastic meaning as "less-than-stellar," and you can create many more such terms that include a sarcastic emphasis. Also, it can be argued that the word automatically implies sarcasm, since "stellar" can be defined literally as "astronomically great," such that being slightly less than stellar but still much greater than sky-high is relatively meaningless, unless it is a sarcastic sense to mean a much lower metaphorical height than the height of stars above the planetary surface. Nicole Sharp (talk) 02:13, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
        That brings to mind Wiktionary:Criteria for inclusion#Sarcastic usage:
        The straightforward sarcastic use of irony, understatement and hyperbole does not usually qualify for inclusion. This means, for example, that big should not be defined as “(ironic) small”, “(understatement) gigantic” or “(hyperbole) moderately large”. Common rhetorical use can be explained in a usage note, a context tag (such as (Usually sarcastic)) or as part of the literal definition. Terms which are seldom or never used literally are not covered by this rule, and can be included on their own merits.
        Thus, the question is whether less-than-stellar is a term which is "seldom or never used literally", and I have a feeling that the term does meet this criterion. — SGconlaw (talk) 02:28, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
      • Hm, yeah, it does seem to fit that criterion--as Nicole pointed out, the word basically only exists in a sarcastic capacity. I'm okay with this in principle, but I'm uneasy that one could apply the formula to any adjective for the same ironic/sarcastic effect. It's still a slippery slope. I'm wondering if it wouldn't potentially be more appropriate to formulate this as a snowclone: "less-than-X"? --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 02:39, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
  • I agree, it's completely normal litotes. Don't know if I'd push for deleting it, but certainly a weird choice to highlight for WotD. Ƿidsiþ 05:48, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
    It was on the nomination list, so I featured it. Can't say I gave it much thought at the time. — SGconlaw (talk) 06:40, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete per SanctMinimalicen. --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 12:53, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
Delete per "less-than-X" being a general construct as discussed above. Equinox 22:19, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
Delete. How about we include less-than-great, less-than-fascinating, etc.? PseudoSkull (talk) 22:26, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
Or less than impressed? That's me quite often. DonnanZ (talk) 09:28, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

Actually, if it is meant to be sarcastic (it's not a term I am familiar with), I would keep it, I'm not sure whether it is used globally. DonnanZ (talk) 15:19, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

But any phrase can be used "sarcastically" (it's really litotes rather than sarcasm). Not exactly Brad Pitt gets more than 120 Google Books hits. You can't codify irony. Ƿidsiþ 13:31, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
I see only 12 actual hits.  --Lambiam 18:00, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
"Less than X" is quite frequently a sarcastic/ironical construct, for any X. (Should we add something at "less than"?) By the way, when closing this, we should probably take the same action with the unhyphenated "less than stellar" entry. Equinox 04:19, 19 August 2018 (UTC)
Now also nominating the alt form less than stellar. Equinox 14:01, 17 September 2018 (UTC)


This is one of many entries in Category:English citations of undefined terms (see Citations:all-pervading) which are trivially attestable but not obviously idiomatic. So: should it be created, or is it just a SOP of the sort that would be RFDed and deleted if it were created? I'm not going to spend time creating the entry if you agree it's SOP, so this is a pre-RFD of sorts. (The aim is to remove it from being "requested" by Category:English citations of undefined terms, either by creating the entry if people think it's idiomatic, or suppressing the categorization / [re]moving the citations if it's not idiomatic.) - -sche (discuss) 19:15, 19 March 2018 (UTC)


As above. - -sche (discuss) 19:15, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

Add, it looks like this passes COALMINE. [11] [12] [13] [14] ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 11:08, 20 March 2018 (UTC)
Conditional support: That's "evermoving", "ever-moving" needs quotes as well. And another one. DonnanZ (talk) 14:19, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
Just done ever-shifting, which could well be a synonym of this. DonnanZ (talk) 15:25, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
Add per Lingo and thus COALMINE. Here's ever-moving, evermoving at Google Ngram Viewer. --Dan Polansky (talk) 13:13, 13 May 2018 (UTC)


As above. - -sche (discuss) 19:15, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

I would go for ever-varying, which is more common although not the same, and is more or less a synonym of ever-changing. DonnanZ (talk) 13:43, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

leave in[edit]

Allow to remain (e.g. shampoo in hair, or a joke in a speech). Isn't a special verb construct like "take in (the scenery)" or "drop out (of school)", as far as I can tell. More an SoP like "leave there" ("I left the book there overnight"). Equinox 22:18, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

Delete, seems SoP to me. Similar to the first sense of take out, which seems to me also to be SoP, which I'm going to nominate here as well. The others seem properly idiomatic. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 22:57, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Regarding shampoo, it can be compared with the adjective leave-in. DonnanZ (talk) 23:54, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
It looks like just leave (verb) + in (adverb) rather than anything idiomatic, but we don't seem to have a fitting definition for the adverb. Delete, because this is rather productive. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 10:51, 20 March 2018 (UTC)
Abstain for now. I think this entry (and others) would be more useful if it (they) gave some usage notes about the separability of the particle: can you say "I left the one about my mother-in-law in"? Is it natural? Which option is more common? It might be grammatical more than lexical though. --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 10:55, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

take out[edit]

Verb, sense 1. Along with entry for leave in above. Seems SOP to me. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 22:57, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

It doesn't make much sense to delete this and leave the rest in (pun intended). DonnanZ (talk) 23:16, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
If this sense is felt to be non-idiomatic then it may be better to keep it under the "&lit" template, as is done with various other phrasal verbs? Mihia (talk) 02:09, 20 March 2018 (UTC)
Oh, I wasn't aware of that option. That would make sense. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 03:55, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

sexual frustration[edit]

frustration sexuelle[edit]

seksuel frustration[edit]

frustración sexual[edit]

frustração sexual[edit]

frustrazione sessuale[edit]

sexually frustrated[edit]

SOP. --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 19:08, 21 March 2018 (UTC)

Abstain. PseudoSkull (talk) 19:10, 21 March 2018 (UTC)
  • sexual frustration has been here since 2006. What's wrong with the geezer? Keep the b****y lot, providing they are correct. DonnanZ (talk) 19:46, 21 March 2018 (UTC)
    • Precision: I nominated the French and English terms only; PseudoSkull added the rest in this edit.
    I don't see how "it's been here since 2006" is an argument. --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 20:06, 21 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Probably keep both, but they might just be SoP. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:12, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
As I have said before, SoP is not always a good reason for deletion. DonnanZ (talk) 10:29, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
Fair enough, but what's your reason for keeping these? --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 12:22, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
Seems SoP to me. Note how all the translations are also noun+adj pairings. Also the top of this page says: "One of the reasons for posting an entry or a sense here is that it is a sum of parts, such as 'brown leaf'." Equinox 10:36, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
Then it hinges on how important an issue this is globally. I can't help noticing the Chinese entries (not that I can read them). Can it be categorised as an emotion? DonnanZ (talk) 11:54, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
Delete: also seems SoP to me. — SGconlaw (talk) 12:15, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
Delete all as SOP. These entries would probably become PaM magnets anyway, there's no harm in taking away the chew toy before it is noticed. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 13:59, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
Too late: diff and diff Chuck Entz (talk) 17:52, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
Ah, sod that blighted little bugger. At least we'd be throwing away actual chew toys. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 10:31, 3 April 2018 (UTC)
Delete all as SoP. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 03:41, 8 June 2018 (UTC)

wait a minute[edit]

verb. SOP --Otra cuenta105 (talk) 18:55, 24 March 2018 (UTC)

  • keep. I agree it's SOP, and if it were the only definition in the entry, I would agree it should not be included, but given the use as an interjection, does it not make it in the same way we include literal senses of phrases that are also idioms? Kiwima (talk) 19:07, 24 March 2018 (UTC)
    I'm not convinced, KW. --Otra cuenta105 (talk) 19:33, 24 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Weak delete--I was leaning towards keeping at first due to the unliteral use of the phrase, but sense two of minute allows for the nonliteral use to be SoP, and even includes the phrase as its example with "minute" as the part. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 20:31, 24 March 2018 (UTC)
  • I'd be inclined to keep both senses. SemperBlotto (talk) 20:36, 24 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep it, and what about hang on a minute? DonnanZ (talk) 20:41, 24 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete; see sense 2 of minute: "(informal) A short but unspecified time period." It even gives this as a usage example! "Wait a minute, I’m not ready yet!" PseudoSkull (talk) 19:11, 26 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Convert to {{&lit}}. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 14:18, 28 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Convert to {{&lit}}. Per utramque cavernam (talk) 21:28, 28 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep the nominated verb sense "Wait for an unspecified short period of time" without conversion to &lit. It may be SOP with respect to the particular definition of "minute", but it is unclear how much that sense of minute is used outside of "wait a minute" phrase. http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/wait+a+minute gives multiple idiom dictionaries (which do not count for WT:LEMMING as proposed, but anyway). --Dan Polansky (talk) 10:00, 31 March 2018 (UTC)
(Wait | hang on | hold on | just) a (minute | moment | mo | jiffy)... nothing special about this one. Delete. Equinox 22:30, 2 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete/Convert to {{&lit}}. Equinox has demonstrated convincingly that this is SOP. —Granger (talk · contribs) 12:11, 29 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Convert to {{&lit}}. The interjections are idiomatic, but the verb sense is literally wait a minute. bd2412 T 15:05, 29 May 2018 (UTC)






Wonderfoolisms. He also made orangutan-on-orangutan, which sums up perfectly how transparent these are. (I believe the 15th sense of the preposition on covers this; "Denoting performance or action by contact with the surface, upper part, or outside of anything; hence, by means of; with." Do we need an extra sense covering sexual acts?) PseudoSkull (talk) 04:06, 25 March 2018 (UTC)

  • Move to RFV and keep if they pass. Ƿidsiþ 13:45, 25 March 2018 (UTC)
This isn't a question about whether or not they're attested; they most certainly are. This is a question about how transparent these are; i.e. I forgot to mention guy-on-guy but there's no entry for it yet. You could essentially say X-on-X for just about anything. It's SOP! PseudoSkull (talk) 16:07, 25 March 2018 (UTC)
You could say it, but could you find three durably archived cites for it? Ƿidsiþ 08:25, 26 March 2018 (UTC)
The anything-on-anything point is well-made. Perhaps--though I hesitate to offer this again for fear of becoming the neighbourhood snowclone vendor--this is best as a snowclone? I'm not sold in any direction yet. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 16:48, 25 March 2018 (UTC)
My first impulse was delete as transparent, but thinking about it, I realize that the sexual implication is only for certain values of X - for example "white-on-white" has a definite, but very different meaning. Kiwima (talk) 22:50, 25 March 2018 (UTC)
These have generally previously been discussed and kept pursuant to that discussion. See Talk:man-on-man (discussing all of the above except gal-on-gal, which is a variation of a discussed term). bd2412 T 14:53, 2 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Add relevant sense(s) to on and delete these entries. Could be something like "Denotes sexual engagement between parties" and "Denotes engagement between parties, often of a physical or violent nature" and some of these could be cited as usexes. Furthermore, because it's not a snowclone, it allows for instances where the two parties mentioned may not be the same (e.g. boy-on-girl) --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 13:21, 6 June 2018 (UTC)

death to[edit]

I think this interjection is a normal use of to. Compare "good luck to them!", "many happy returns to you" (on a birthday), etc. Equinox 14:07, 25 March 2018 (UTC)

Is down with a synonym (more or less)? --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 14:13, 25 March 2018 (UTC)
They're related, but I feel like synonym is a stretch. "Death to" is more specific--"down with" could just mean a removal from power, a defeat, etc., not necessarily death. It's almost like "death to" is hyponymic to "down with".
But yes, I agree with Equinox. In the same vein there are "happy birthday to you", "congratulations to her", "kudos to him", etc. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 14:51, 25 March 2018 (UTC)
Abstain for now. This might have non-trivial translations that cannot be covered by down with. --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 11:53, 29 March 2018 (UTC)

fan translation[edit]

SOP, afaict. --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 17:56, 25 March 2018 (UTC)

It should be considered alongside its synonym, fanslation. DonnanZ (talk) 19:11, 25 March 2018 (UTC)

No, it's one word, not a sum of parts, so the rationale for deleting "fan translation" does not apply at all. Equinox 19:17, 25 March 2018 (UTC)
That difference shouldn't apply, but I will let other editors decide. I'm neutral. DonnanZ (talk) 19:20, 25 March 2018 (UTC)
No, because fanslation is one word. For instance, Japanese animation does not get an entry, but anime does. PseudoSkull (talk) 04:36, 28 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Definitely keep fanslation if its CFI-compliant. Neutral on fan translation; I couldn't imagine what it meant until I read the definition, but now that I know, I suppose I could have figured it out if I had encountered it in context. —Mahāgaja (formerly Angr) · talk 20:51, 25 March 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, but if you're not an -aholic where computer games are concerned, you can be excused for not having any idea what it means. This is where the link to Wikipedia comes in handy. DonnanZ (talk) 10:43, 26 March 2018 (UTC)
Delete. PseudoSkull (talk) 19:13, 26 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Possible keep. The definition seems too narrow though, per the Wikipedia explanation. Ƿidsiþ 17:59, 29 March 2018 (UTC)
Delete the definition of "fan translation" should be "a translation done by a fan". That's SoP. Fan translations into a language the game was released in probably exist, due to bowdlerism or inaccuracies in the official translation. Kristin Anderson Terpstra's doctorate thesis about manga translation says "The first recorded fan translation occurred as early as 1977, that of Osamu Tezuka’s Phoenix, by fan translation group Dadakai (Palmer & Deskins, n.d.)." This (non-durably archived) article says "Fan translation, in general, refers to the unofficial translation of media, mostly computer games, films, books and music, from one language to another. Fan translations are distributed by fans for free." This (possibly durably archived) article talks about "fan translations" in the context of K-Pop.--Prosfilaes (talk) 04:55, 3 April 2018 (UTC)
Um, what kind of fan: hand-held, electric, a fan-atic? DonnanZ (talk) 09:36, 3 April 2018 (UTC)
Any type of fan that translates. I'm sure with enough work you could come up with sentences that talked about a fan translation using many senses of fan and translation, but most are going to be talking about fanatics converting stuff from one language to another, not electric fans moving things in a straight line motion.--Prosfilaes (talk) 05:48, 4 April 2018 (UTC)
I must confess that when I first looked at this I naively thought of a hand-held fan. DonnanZ (talk) 08:40, 5 April 2018 (UTC)

April 2018[edit]

be one[edit]

I find this whole entry unclear; I don't see how the English term is supposed to be used ("I'm one with you"?), and the translations seem like they could/should go to agree. And "être unanime" in French isn't used that way (edit: it's indeed a very old-fashioned way of saying "to agree with sb"). --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 12:28, 3 April 2018 (UTC)

Abstain for now to see what others come up with. But I want to note that I'm not familiar with this sense of "be one"--whenever I've heard it used, it's meant either to mean some kind spiritual union (e.g. "Through the decades our friendship deepened, and in our old age we were one."; "She was one with God.") or sexual union, typically archaically (e.g. "And he lay with her and they were one.) With agreement, I've heard such things as "They were of one mind" or "They were of one accord", but never simply "They were one." --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 13:28, 3 April 2018 (UTC)
Something like "On this question they were one", meaning that they were of the same opinion, seems feasible to me. Whether this justifies the entry I'm not sure. Also, I don't understand why the heading for the translations is "be fit". Where does "fit" come from?? Mihia (talk) 03:18, 10 April 2018 (UTC)
It's probably a copypasto. --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 08:40, 10 April 2018 (UTC)

distributive property[edit]

SoP SemperBlotto (talk) 05:11, 9 April 2018 (UTC)

Delete, looks SOP and completely unhelpful. Who's going to check that here/type that into the search box? Per utramque cavernam 11:16, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

sinusoidal function[edit]

sinusoidal functions[edit]

The phase "sinusoidal function" does not require a definition. It can be understood fully from its constituent words; the word sinusoidal only really makes sense in the context of a function of some sort. GKFX (talk) 15:44, 10 April 2018 (UTC)

Non-mathematically, I think the phrase could also be used medically with regards to the sinusoids in the cardiovascular system-- a sentence like "The admission of albumin into the bloodstream is not arterial, but rather is a sinusoidal function." would not be all that abnormal. Other than this, I think 'sinusoidal' can also be descriptive of things other than function that resemble the shape of the function, e.g. sinusoidal clouds, sinusoidal waves (the water variety), and might even be used figuratively for rising and falling.
That said, I don't think that these other uses necessarily gainsay the SoP, but they're worth considering. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 00:28, 11 April 2018 (UTC)
It could mean more than one thing but I think all are SoP; I lean towards delete. Equinox 00:36, 11 April 2018 (UTC)
I don't know. Redirect to sinusoidal? I considered the Talk:free variable argument, but found in sinusoidal wave, sinusoidal function at Google Ngram Viewer that the wave is even more common than function. Note that the definition would need to be ajusted to cover both waves and functions. For sine wave, sine wave at OneLook Dictionary Search finds multiple lemming dictionaries, including M-W[15].--Dan Polansky (talk) 07:34, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
Taken literally as a sum-of-parts, '"sinusoidal function" should mean: a function that is sinusoidal. So (discarding the anatomical sense) this would be a function in the form of a wave. But functions do not have a form. The graph of the function does, and if it is a sinusoid, by extension the function is called suicidal sinusoidal. So, strictly speaking, this is not a sum-of-parts; you need a modicum of mathematical literacy to apply the right amount of sloppiness that will lead you from the parts to the meaning.  --Lambiam 13:56, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
Delete, SOP. Per utramque cavernam 10:51, 3 September 2018 (UTC)

brown leaf[edit]

sense: (biology) a disease of plants, characterised by the presence of brown leaves

I see no evidence that brown leaf is a specific disease, rather than a condition like dry skin in humans.

Thus, this sense would seem to be NISOP. Contrast it with the other definition of a specific condition affecting a specific product of timothy grass. DCDuring (talk) 17:36, 11 April 2018 (UTC)

What does NISOP stand for? --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 23:30, 11 April 2018 (UTC)
Non-idiomatic sum of parts. --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 08:52, 12 April 2018 (UTC)
Ohh, gotcha. Thanks. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 12:53, 13 April 2018 (UTC)
I like that. From now on I'm using NISOP rather than SOP. bd2412 T 17:51, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Send to RFV – this is a question for citations. If we can find citations saying something like "The disease caused by E. plantkillerii, commonly known as brown leaf" or "The leaves only turned brown because of lack of water, not because of brown leaf", those would be evidence of a sense like this. —Granger (talk · contribs) 05:17, 10 October 2018 (UTC)

May 2018[edit]

tits and bums[edit]

See tits and ass above. – Gormflaith (talk) 02:47, 4 May 2018 (UTC)

Tits and ass is no longer above (having survived RFV), so this should probably be addressed separately. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 13:10, 6 June 2018 (UTC)
I need to look more closely at these items – these alleged "tits" and "bums". Does anyone have any examples? Mihia (talk) 22:03, 3 September 2018 (UTC)
{{rfi|en}}. DCDuring (talk) 00:22, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
I am starting to have examples of tits. :( Equinox 00:34, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

daily paper[edit]

Entered as a synonym of daily. Seems to me akin to "monthly magazine" or "twice-yearly newsletter". (The fact that there are non-newspaper kinds of "paper" is IMO a red herring, as that argument equally supports entries for things like "conservative paper", "sensationalist paper".) Equinox 21:15, 5 May 2018 (UTC)

Weak delete. It would be interesting to know whether "daily" as a noun in this sense is a direct shortening of something like "daily paper" or "daily newspaper". After a cursory look I didn't find anything in support or contrary to that, but it may have some bearing on whether to keep daily paper. My inclination is to see it as SOP daily (adjective) + paper (sense 2). --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 22:04, 5 May 2018 (UTC)
Keep as a synonym. I don't think anything will be achieved by deleting this, and it may be helpful to those whose native language is not English. DonnanZ (talk) 07:44, 6 May 2018 (UTC)
Keep because paper has multiple meanings. SemperBlotto (talk) 07:49, 6 May 2018 (UTC)
Did you even read the-- oh well. Equinox 02:22, 7 May 2018 (UTC)
Just chalk it up alongside that rain triple entry.--SanctMinimalicen (talk) 02:24, 7 May 2018 (UTC)
Delete, SOP. Per utramque cavernam 11:25, 20 August 2018 (UTC)
Cambridge Advanced Learners has the following definition, which is marginally not SoP: "a newspaper that is published every day of the week except Sunday". They are the only OneLook reference with an entry. That would seem to be a UK def. DCDuring (talk) 00:26, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
Wow. Presumably this is just because we have (or had) a long history of biblically not doing things on Sundays. (In the 1990s, supermarkets started opening on Sunday because the amount they sold would easily pay the legal fines; the law changed shortly thereafter.) Does any older Brit recognise this meaning of "daily paper"? Blotto? Equinox 00:32, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
On second thoughts: I suppose you can contrast the "daily paper" with the "Sunday paper" (which is sometimes a special Sunday edition of the daily one, full of pull-outs etc.). But in that case, the problematic entry is daily (noun), which just says it's a paper published every day. Equinox 00:40, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

The Rock, the Rock[edit]

The senses provided here are already at Rock and my understanding is that we note the use of articles at the base term outside of phrases (the rubber meets the road, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, etc.). — LlywelynII 08:22, 15 May 2018 (UTC)

I think a separate header at Rock (en-prop|head=the Rock) would be needed. DonnanZ (talk) 09:35, 15 May 2018 (UTC)
Redirect: Terms that include "the" are always a bit tricky, but I suspect these can be used without "the" some of the time, like "a Rock spokeswoman said...", "Rock officials asked for...", in which case redirecting these seems best. Having two Proper noun sections so one can have "the" in the headword is one possibility, but probably just having a label "with 'the'" / "with definite article" like [[Rock]] currently does is sufficient. (If these aren't deleted, some of the senses at [[Rock]] should be switched to "see the Rock"; the definitions don't need to be in two places, one with "the" in the pagetitle and one with a label saying "with 'the'"...) - -sche (discuss) 21:42, 17 May 2018 (UTC)
I doubt that a formal sense would use "Rock" without "The", since formal uses would just refer to "Gibraltar" or "Alcatraz". bd2412 T 23:43, 17 May 2018 (UTC)
But newspapers etc might well use "Rock". - -sche (discuss) 19:38, 26 May 2018 (UTC)
That sounds more like an RfV matter. What newspapers might hypothetically do is outweighed by what they actually do. Is it possible to find examples of newspapers referring to either Alcatraz or Gibralter as "Rock" without "The" or "the"? bd2412 T 11:35, 29 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep. Having heard no answer to the suggestion that evidence be provided that the named entities are ever referred to as "Rock" without a preceding "the", I must presume that the combination is idiomatic. bd2412 T 03:51, 4 November 2018 (UTC)

phono-semantic compound[edit]

Looks SoP. — justin(r)leung (t...) | c=› } 23:54, 20 May 2018 (UTC)

I think a "compound" does not necessery mean a character.--Zcreator alt (talk) 08:40, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
1-The term 形声字 is found in 现代汉语规范词典 3rd edition on page 1470. By creating the phono-semantic compound article, I wanted to create the English-language article which corresponded to 形聲字.
2- My broader goal is that all the Chinese-English wiktionary articles which have the words 'Phono-semantic compound' in the Glyph Origin section should have a blue link to the phono-semantic compound article or another similar article. The concept of a 'phono-semantic compound' (or character) is difficult for many people to understand or accept, which makes learning Chinese characters more difficult because those learners don't understand why the right-hand side of the character is there. The written form of Chinese is somewhat inaccessible without understanding this concept, and a blue link invites the readers to find out about it. --Geographyinitiative (talk) 19:51, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
Delete, SOP. Per utramque cavernam 11:09, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I would tentatively say keep, per Zcreator alt's comment. Hypothetically, I could imagine 可口可樂 (phono-semantic matching) or 基佬 (whose first character is a phonetic borrowing from English and whose second character means "guy") being described with a term like "phono-semantic compound", but in fact the term isn't used that way. As far as I know, it's only used for individual characters formed in a very specific way (with a phonetic component and a semantic component). —Granger (talk · contribs) 01:42, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Comment: I'm concerned that this is a neologism created by Geographyinitiative as a translation for the Chinese term, and that it is not currently verifiable. I think it should be sent to RFV to see if it is attestable. If it is attestable, then I think it should be kept as the meaning of the term is not that readily ascertainable from its individual elements. If it is not attestable but it is desirable to create the term for use in Wiktionary, then move it to Appendix:Glossary and indicate clearly that it is a translation of the Chinese term. — SGconlaw (talk) 02:02, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

aim to[edit]

I don't see the point of this, and apparently I'm not alone. --Per utramque cavernam 13:05, 23 May 2018 (UTC)

grow fond of[edit]

This was entered as a translation hub, but I don't really see the point; surely we can put the translations somewhere else? At take a liking to, for example? --Per utramque cavernam 14:01, 23 May 2018 (UTC)

That doesn't sound like a suitable place. DonnanZ (talk) 20:41, 25 May 2018 (UTC)
Why? --Per utramque cavernam 13:03, 30 May 2018 (UTC)
IMO they are not the same. DonnanZ (talk) 10:17, 15 June 2018 (UTC)


This has no lexical significance. DTLHS (talk) 06:25, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

Keep. Initialisms do technically have lexical significance here, even if standing for companies alone. See also similar entries such as AVGN, SDA, and all sorts of others. Reason? People can't deduce them as company name initialisms from simply looking at them. I think if you want to make a serious effort to change this, you should bring it up somewhere bigger, like the Beer parlour, instead of tackling a single lonely entry, since tons of these entries already exist and it would be virtually impossible at this point to find every one. PseudoSkull (talk) 06:33, 25 May 2018 (UTC)
It's not an initialism, and I'm not interested in policies. I just want this particular entry deleted. DTLHS (talk) 06:34, 25 May 2018 (UTC)
Why? Because it's weirdly used in the lowercase? "I'm not interested in policies" sort of defeats the purpose of RFD, too. PseudoSkull (talk) 06:37, 25 May 2018 (UTC)
Isn't it also used as a euphemism for the F-word, for example, to avoid NSFW filters? — SGconlaw (talk) 06:40, 25 May 2018 (UTC)
Well, yeah, but that doesn't really make a word; it's on-the-spot messing around to dodge the filter, like bithc or w&a&nker. Equinox 06:55, 25 May 2018 (UTC)
Inclined to delete: if it were the same thing (a clothing brand) and not an initialism, there'd be no reason to keep. As it is, it's not particularly understood as "standing for" French Connection United Kingdom; it's more like a logo. Equinox 06:55, 25 May 2018 (UTC)
WT:CFI says, and I quote:

"A term need not be limited to a single word in the usual sense. Any of these are also acceptable:


Then the brand name section goes on to say:

"A brand name for a product or service should be included if it has entered the lexicon. Apart from genericized trademarks, this is measured objectively by the brand name’s use in at least three independent durably archived citations spanning a period of at least three years."

Then we must consider the line about usage:

"This filters out appearance in raw word lists, commentary on the form of a word, such as “The word ‘foo’ has three letters,” lone definitions, and made-up examples of how a word might be used. For example, an appearance in someone’s online dictionary is suggestive, but it does not show the word actually used to convey meaning. On the other hand, a sentence like “They raised the jib (a small sail forward of the mainsail) in order to get the most out of the light wind,” appearing in an account of a sailboat race, would be fine. It happens to contain a definition, but the word is also used for its meaning."

Having all these things in mind, I think our mission now for anyone actually advocating this entry would be to see if anyone refers to this initialism outside of any reference to the company or anything related? This is sort of contradictory when using this approach, though, because it says that in the first quoted line that any initialisms, abbreviations, or acronyms are allowed, and then never mentions initialisms, acronyms, or abbreviations again on the entire page. There's no "unless" in that line, so... To those opposing this entry, should we change that part of CFI? PseudoSkull (talk) 15:29, 25 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep and add a sense for the euphemism. Let's not pretend that the word isn't used as a euphemism, or that the euphemism isn't derived from the acronym, or that the creators of the acronym didn't intend precisely that outcome. See Gaynor Lea-Greenwood, Fashion Marketing Communications (2012), p. 11: "Every time a new version of the fcuk slogan was released, it was considered relevant to the target market, which enjoyed the iconic and cheeky slogans"; Thomas Riggs, Encyclopedia of major marketing campaigns, Volume 2 (2006), p. 580: "French Connection was rebranded as FCUK, a move that generated extensive controversy while fueling unprecedented company growth. Outdoor advertisements in London, tagged "FCUK fashion," were outlawed by Britain's Advertising Standards Authority after widespread outrage". bd2412 T 22:45, 28 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep and add sense for the euphemism, per above. Andrew Sheedy (talk) 00:21, 4 August 2018 (UTC)

Kept: Purplebackpack89 16:29, 4 November 2018 (UTC)

You're after the horn, bro. Purplebackpack89 20:11, 4 November 2018 (UTC)
Generally, it's up to admins to close these, except in obvious cases. Prior to Purple trying to close it, three people were in favour of keeping and two (including the nom) in favour of deleting. That's in the territory of what I'd keep due to lack of consensus, but you should let an admin make that call, and certainly not shut people down when they come to express their opinion afterward. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 00:44, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
No one had voted on it in three months. It should have been closed weeks before I did. And stop making up rules to shut me down, Meta: there's no rule saying only admins can close discussions as keep. Sometimes, I get the feeling you don't really understand what having a mop (or not having it) can and cannot do. Although I'd note one thing both mops and non-mops CAN do is re-add RFD tags to discussions when they re-open RFDs, something you have failed to do. Purplebackpack89 14:14, 11 November 2018 (UTC)
I agree with Purple re non-admins closing votes, in my view non-admins can take any action admins can as long as they are technically able to take that action. With regards to this particular entry, I think that this should have been an RFV, to confirm that it has usage beyond that of the brand name. - TheDaveRoss 14:39, 12 November 2018 (UTC)


The entry is misspelt; it should be giusto, which I have added. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 21:46, 29 May 2018 (UTC)

  • I've converted it into a misspelling. SemperBlotto (talk) 05:18, 30 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete as a rare misspelling (and some of those are clearly typos: an example, where giusto is spelled correctly most of the time.) --Per utramque cavernam 17:46, 30 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete per PUC. —Mahāgaja (formerly Angr) · talk 18:49, 30 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep as a very common misspelling: the frequency ratio is about 100, which is very favorable for a misspelling. (guisto*100),giusto at Google Ngram Viewer. By the way, the entry is entered as English. Policy: WT:CFI#Spellings. Frequency ratio calibration: User talk:Dan Polansky/2013#What is a misspelling. --Dan Polansky (talk) 14:27, 9 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete as a rare misspelling. @Dan Polansky, did you see PUC's links above? When I actually page through BGC results, I see that the misspelling is really quite rare, and other usage seems to be getting in the way. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 14:31, 9 June 2018 (UTC)
    The first link by PUC is GNV without multiplication by 100, whereas I have posted the same with multiplication by 100 to show the ratio. The other PUC link shows text that has both "guisto" and "giusto", which only confirms this to be a misspelling rather than an intentional spelling by the author of the text. I don't see any negative bearing of this on my conclusion. Note that even if the frequency ratio were wrong by factor of 10, it would be 1000, which is still good for keeping a misspelling, per my calibration. --Dan Polansky (talk) 14:38, 9 June 2018 (UTC)
    In the text I've linked to, "guisto" is a typo, not a misspelling. Per utramque cavernam 15:31, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
    If whatever is a typo is considered to be not a misspelling, then you have no WT:CFI-based case for deletion at all: WT:CFI#Spellings only excludes "misspellings" even if attested. That's not my taxonomy/ontology, though; to me, typos are misspellings. --Dan Polansky (talk) 13:47, 23 September 2018 (UTC)


Sense 2: "(attributive) Unexpected". --Per utramque cavernam 17:39, 30 May 2018 (UTC)

No, I would keep it as it is. Surprise is not an adjective, but can be used attributively. Other examples are "a surprise visit" and "a surprise present" DonnanZ (talk) 10:30, 1 June 2018 (UTC)
Delete per Donnanz: this is attributive use...of sense 1. It's not a separate sense; that's the nature of attributive use. "Her visit came as a suprise; it was a suprise visit." "The attack was a suprise; it was a suprise attack." "The enemy's artillery fired a shell at us; we were hit by their artillery shell." Notice we don't have a separate sense at "artillery" for "attributive: fired by artillery". - -sche (discuss) 01:48, 3 June 2018 (UTC)
Um, I said "keep". DonnanZ (talk) 13:46, 4 June 2018 (UTC)
And your logic explained why it's not a separate sense. Delete per Donnanz. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 13:27, 7 June 2018 (UTC)
Delete per -sche. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 13:41, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

A question though: what should we do with the translation table pertaining to that sense? I think it's pointless but I dunno. Per utramque cavernam 13:33, 7 June 2018 (UTC)

It wouldn't bother me to just drop the table--a number of those words, especially in the Germanic/Scandinavian sphere, use that form of compounding as a normal construct that isn't really a special, ad hoc affix, so designating them in a translation table seems needless. And some of them may also belong in the translation table for sense 1, depending on the language. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 16:25, 7 June 2018 (UTC)
User:DCDuring and I have talked about the question of what to do with translations of "attributive" uses of nouns (especially ones that are adjectives in other languages) from time to time. One simple idea is to put the translations in the table for the relevant noun sense and {{qualifier}} them, like in cork. Another idea is to have a separate table for attributive use, as in brass. (Another approach, which is less helpful but more common at the moment, is to omit such translations entirely.) - -sche (discuss) 19:28, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

My point is that showing attributive usage is useful to readers in cases where there is no adjective. IMO the nomination is rather silly. DonnanZ (talk) 09:02, 8 June 2018 (UTC)

As I understand it:
1. For any English speaker (say, EN-3 and up) decoding or encoding in English such adjective sections are not at all useful
2. For an English speaker wanting to go from an English word to an FL translation in a given language, then a translation table indicating how the FL delivers the meaning might be useful for encoding into the FL, if it were complete or at least handled many common cases. The adjective section is not of any use for decoding because that job is undertaken by the FL entry for the word.
3. For an FL speaker seeking to decode an English expression using a noun attributively, I don't see how the adjective section is much help that could not delivered by using {{label|en|often used attributively}} in the noun definition. For an FL speaker seeking to find how to express a thought in which attributive use of a noun is normal English usage, finding the English noun should be all that is necessary, if the user were not able to use the gloss in the entry for the word appropriate in the FL.
I suppose a hard case is one in which the most natural translation of an SOP multi-word expression in one language is an SoP multi-word expression in the other language. This seems to bring us up against a combinatorial explosion of the number of entries potentially required. DCDuring (talk) 20:39, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

June 2018[edit]

political spectrum[edit]

"The spectrum of political viewpoints represented as a continuum..."
Seems SOP. Many spectra are represented by continua, and have extremes (e.g. the spectrum of visible light), so those aspects of the definition don't seem to confer any idiomaticity. - -sche (discuss) 02:18, 8 June 2018 (UTC)

I'm inclined to agree, but there's also light spectrum--should that be treated the same? --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 03:26, 8 June 2018 (UTC)
There are also electromagnetic spectrum and visible spectrum (and also optical spectrum, nuclear spectrum, hydrogen spectrum, mass spectrum, first-order spectrum).
Maybe at least light spectrum could become a translation hub (there's Lichtspektrum which is a single word)? - 03:40, 8 June 2018 (UTC)
Keep along with all the examples. They all have distinct meanings, because you will not know from the parts what dimension is the basis of the continuum. And some of these are not a continuum, but are point/lines on a continuum. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 07:14, 23 August 2018 (UTC)

individual racism[edit]

institutional racism[edit]

SOP. - -sche (discuss) 02:20, 8 June 2018 (UTC)

Agree, delete. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 03:26, 8 June 2018 (UTC)
Doesn't the same apply to institutional racism, i.e. shouldn't it be deleted as well? - 03:32, 8 June 2018 (UTC)
That's a good point. I'll add it. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 03:36, 8 June 2018 (UTC)
Delete both. But @-sche, are you ok with adding institutional racism to your nom? Per utramque cavernam 09:16, 8 June 2018 (UTC)
I'm sorry--I should have asked first. We can definitely separate it out as a separate nom if you prefer, -sche. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 13:21, 8 June 2018 (UTC)
It may have a bit more claim to idiomaticity than "individual racism" does, but it's fine to add it to this section—people who want to vote to delete one and keep the other can do that. - -sche (discuss) 16:52, 8 June 2018 (UTC)
Can't really believe that "individual racism" merits an entry. It's one of those hot/trending topics but that doesn't make it not SoP. Delete. (Probably "institutional racism" too but that's more arguable.) Equinox 20:12, 8 June 2018 (UTC)
Keep institutional racism - it is a term defined in the 1999 Lawrence report (UK) (though that wasn't the first usage). John Cross (talk) 10:09, 10 June 2018 (UTC)
"institutional racism" seems SOP to me - a quick google attests "institutional {sexism, ableism}" (perhaps by analogy), but also "institutional {indifference, failure, inertial}". But it's a sense of institutional we don't have defined yet. I'm going to attempt a definition, I'd appreciate more eyes on it. Jonathan Hall (talk) 21:03, 30 July 2018 (UTC)
Agree, delete both, sum of parts. Yurivict (talk) 16:12, 31 July 2018 (UTC)

bow grip, bow hold[edit]

Both sum of parts. Kaixinguo~enwiktionary (talk) 08:50, 10 June 2018 (UTC)

Without hesitation[edit]

This seems SoP and not sufficiently idiomatic to me. One also sees constructions like "without pausing", "without pausing to think", "without waiting", "without another moment's time", etc. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 02:46, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

Delete without hesitation! – Julia • formerly Gormflaith • 03:57, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
:] --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 04:13, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
Without delay is also common and also SoP. Wonder if we can move the translation somewhere. Equinox 04:01, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
I was thinking about that. Looking at a few Maori dictionaries, it looks like the creator of the page didn't even fully understand the word--it's more like "steadfast, unwavering" than it is "immediately", but seems to apply to both senses. I don't know Maori really at all, but based on the dictionaries, I think that "unwavering" is a good choice because it covers both the immediacy and the firmness. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 04:13, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
It's actually a verb: "to be steadfast, unwavering". Perhaps move the translation to stand firm, or something like that? --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 04:19, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
I believe all Maori adjectives are stative verbs, and I'm not sure what our convention is with such languages- it would be odd to have no translation for green because Maori treats it as "to be green". Chuck Entz (talk) 13:39, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
That's fascinating--taking the "green" example, we currently have the Maori word for "to be green" as a translation of our adjective "green"--so to mimic that we could go with the first idea I put forth (which is now unstricken), and put it in "unwavering". --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 14:10, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
Delete, SOP. Per utramque cavernam 14:19, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
Delete. - -sche (discuss) 05:18, 2 September 2018 (UTC)

American option[edit]

Bermudan option[edit]

European option[edit]

These are not the only collocations. One can talk about American options, American calls, and American puts. Better therefore to move the definition to American as an adjective applying to financial options. The equivalent is true for Bermudan and European, as well as a range of other option types that I haven't yet added as entries (I'm holding off pending this decision, but other types include: Asian, Boston, Canary, Evergreen, Israeli, Parisian, Russian, Verde). -Stelio (talk) 11:03, 12 June 2018 (UTC)

Keep using the talk:free variable rationale. I would never look up Bermudan option under "Bermudan", and I think "Bermudan call" and "Bermudan put" are basically derived terms of Bermudan option. If keeping is not feasible, at least redirect, but we can serve our readers best by keeping, I think. --Dan Polansky (talk) 13:53, 2 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Move definitions to American etc. Add redirects, sure, but don't keep the main definition at "... option". Note that "American" etc. can be used directly as adjectives:
    • 2009, John C. Hull, Options, Futures, and other Derivatives (Seventh Edition), Pearson Education, page 182:
      All of these trade on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Most of the contracts are European. An exception is the OEX contract on the S&P 100, which is American.
    • 2009, Shih-Feng Huang and Meihui Guo, Applied Quantitative Finance (Second Edition), Springer, page 295:
      Multi-dimensional option pricing becomes an important topic in financial markets (Franker et al., 2008). Among which, the American-type derivative (e.g. the Bermudan option) pricing is a challenging problem.
    • 2010, Johnathan Mun, Modeling Risk + DVD: Applying Monte Carlo Risk Simulation, Strategic Real Options, Stochastic Forecasting, and Portfolio Optimization (Second Edition), John Wiley & Sons:
      Based on the analyses throughout the case study, it is recommended that the use of a model that assumes an ESO is European style when, in fact, the option is American style with the other exotic variables should not be permitted, as this substantially overstates compensation expenses.
-Stelio (talk) 13:52, 31 July 2018 (UTC)


Jew + free. I don't think the translations support making this a translation hub, since "A translation does not qualify to support the English term if it is: a closed compound that is a word-for-word translation of the English term: German Autoschlüssel does not qualify to support the English "car key". DTLHS (talk) 22:51, 13 June 2018 (UTC)

I think you're right on both counts--delete. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 22:57, 13 June 2018 (UTC)
I'm not Jewish, but to me it sounds a little anti-Jewish. But on the other hand we would end up deleting all terms suffixed with -free, whether they have a hyphen or not. That is a rather slippery slope. Keep, I think. DonnanZ (talk) 08:42, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
But when an apparently Israeli source uses the term [16]. Hmm. DonnanZ (talk) 10:40, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
How is that relevant? —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 11:05, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
Referring to my comment about sounding anti-Jewish. DonnanZ (talk) 11:09, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
How is that relevant either? We're a dictionary. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 02:47, 25 June 2018 (UTC)
Delete, unless WT:COALMINE applies. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 11:05, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
There are a number of instances of Jewfree, though most of them are calques of judenrein provided to translate the word in context. There may be enough though to justify Jewfree, though--but I suppose that's an RFV matter. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 13:35, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
I retract that--I looked back at the sources I had mentioned and they were all hyphenated. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 17:31, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
For what it's worth, I just watched the film Conspiracy, about the w:Wannsee Conference, and the term "Jew-free" was used about half a dozen times.--Father Goose (talk) 03:09, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
It's not worth anything. Nobody doubts that it's real; we doubt that it is a single word, rather than two words hyphenated. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 03:14, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
Someone mentioned judenrein but there's also judenfrei from which this may have been calqued. In general it seems like one of those things that may slip through due to three people sloppily hyphenating, alas. Equinox 03:12, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
Keep if attested. Ƿidsiþ 11:50, 3 July 2018 (UTC)


Seems like an entry created solely for its etymology. DTLHS (talk) 16:26, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

Isn't it still a word though ? Leasnam (talk) 17:04, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
I don't think that's a useful question. I hope we can come up with better criteria for suffixed words than "is there an unsuffixed form" (COALMINE). DTLHS (talk) 17:06, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
Suffixed? do you mean prefixed (i.e. half-) ? Leasnam (talk) 17:08, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
We have the page -free, so I guess you could say both. DTLHS (talk) 17:09, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
It would appear to be a synonym of semi-free or semifree; I don't think the suffix -free should be used here. DonnanZ (talk) 17:57, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
In ice-free, -free has the meaning we give it in [[-free#Suffix]]. The meaning in half-free is one of the meanings in [[free#Adjective]]. I wonder if anyone has ever used the expression to mean "free of half/halves". DCDuring (talk) 12:10, 24 June 2018 (UTC)
Keep, considering the OE origins. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 16:36, 24 June 2018 (UTC)
Kept. No consensus.--Jusjih (talk) 03:29, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

floating palette[edit]

"A palette window that floats above other standard windows." Floating above etc. is what "floating" means; we can also easily find floating toolbar, floating window, and so on. So: SoP. Equinox 08:01, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

I haven't got a clue, but shouldn't it be kept as a technical term? DonnanZ (talk) 09:02, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
No, because it's made of two words whose sum is the same as the two-word phrase. For example on your computer you can open up a new "window" (technical term) and you can maximise/expand it to fill the screen ("maximise" is another tech term): then you have a "maximised window". But because a maximised window is nothing beyond "a window that has been maximised" it's not worth an entry, any more than "pink flower" for a gardener's term for a flower that happens to be pink in colour. This is the same. Anything can "float": that means it hovers/exists over the main window/interface without being visually connected to it. A floating palette is no different from any other floating thing, lexically. Equinox 09:16, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
I can see where you're coming from, however I found and added a Wikipedia reference, for what it's worth. DonnanZ (talk) 11:38, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
And what does "floating" actually mean here? Looking at floating (sense 2) I assume it doesn't float of its own accord, like a floating leaf on water, but has to be dragged to "float". DonnanZ (talk) 12:47, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
But you're asking what "float" means, not what "floating palette" means. Anything that does "whatever float means" is "floating". So the entry is still sum of parts. As someone who has spent decades writing code for Windows I could tell you in horrible detail what "floating" means. Let's say in short it means that something BELONGS TO a parent window or application (which is usually "underneath", meaning that it is covered by the floating thing), AND that the floating thing has its own free position on the screen that doesn't automatically change when you move the parent. (For example, if you open some tabs in your browser, and move the browser, then the tabs move too; but if something is floating over the top, then it stays still, even if that thing was created and is owned by the browser.) Note that NONE OF THIS HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH PALETTES: it is just a generic sense of "what it means to be floating". So having an entry for "floating palette" (versus floating window, toolbar, editor, etc.) is as silly as having an entry for "brown hair, dog, potato" instead of just saying what "brown" means. PLEASE don't make me explain this again. Equinox 14:39, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
It may be obvious to a professional, but not to a layman. DonnanZ (talk) 14:52, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
Delete: float (verb sense 17, or perhaps nouns sense 25) + palette (sense 3). --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 13:59, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
IMO having to go to float is too far to look, float usually implies it is free to move, but I get the impression it's static and has to be physically moved. Correct me if I'm wrong. DonnanZ (talk) 14:29, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
If it's too far to go from floating palette to float then it's too far to go from brown leaf to brown. Our entire SoP policy uses brown leaf = leaf that is brown = (no entry required) as a basis. So if you are disputing that then you need to bring some strong arguments. Saying "I don't know about computers so I don't know a two-word computer term" is not sufficient. I know nothing about genetics therefore I don't really know what a "non-repeating nucleotide" is; however, it's pretty fucking clear that it must be a nucleotide (and I can learn what that means, if I choose to) that does not repeat. Equinox 14:41, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
Going from brown leaf to brown is one step. Going from floating palette to floating, and then having to go to float is two steps. DonnanZ (talk) 15:06, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
Absolutely true, but I am not sure that this is something that should dictate our entry-making. Perhaps what this tells us is that going to a page floating and seeing present participle of float and having to do an extra click/tap is not good enough. The main point is not to duplicate information: we need to keep things clear and simple AND to reduce editor effort: that doesn't mean I'm placing editor effort above learner/user reward, but it means that we might e.g. need to merge forms of a verb into a single page, instead of having the "islands" we have now. If there are generic problems like this, we should 1. address them and 2. not punish individual cases like "floating palette" because of them. Equinox 15:50, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
In this case floating is a common adjective anyway, and I have just updated the derived terms. I think it has to be considered separately from float. Comparing with Oxford Online, there's a few missing that we may be interested in: floating charge, floating cloche, floating debt, floating holiday (not a holiday afloat!), and floating restaurant, but floating toolbar or floating palette aren't listed. DonnanZ (talk) 18:23, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I would send to RfV to see if citations support the use of this as a set phrase (i.e. used outside of a context that explains the meaning), but would otherwise keep. It combines an unintuitive sense of "float" with an unintuitive sense of "palette", which is itself easily confused with "palate". bd2412 T 14:50, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
  • The palette-palate thing is at least measurable. Presumably that would require redirects for all phrases with either of the confusable words (e.g. palate knife -> palette knife; soft palette -> soft palate). As I've said before, I think this is the point where we need to rely on the search engine (which may use spell-checking and soundalikes: I recently in my real-life job implemented Double Metaphone, which is damn good at matching up "close enough" surnames): to create extra entries for every entry whose headword includes any of the disputed words is a scary ballooning. Equinox 15:47, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
Delete per nom. - -sche (discuss) 16:23, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
I wasn't exactly on the fence, but keep, I think. DonnanZ (talk) 18:52, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
IMO, being a technical term makes it (automatically?) keepable. DonnanZ (talk) 10:49, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
Delete for the reason given by SanctMinimalicen. — SGconlaw (talk) 19:31, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
Delete per nom. Per utramque cavernam 10:11, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

sucker trap[edit]

Created this but I don't know. sucker + trap? Per utramque cavernam 10:09, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

The plural is wrong, but I have never heard of it. DonnanZ (talk) 10:59, 17 June 2018 (UTC)
Plural corrected. It is also a term used in fishing. SemperBlotto (talk) 11:05, 17 June 2018 (UTC)
Whoops, made a copy paste from another entry and forgot to change that. Thanks. Per utramque cavernam 11:15, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

fundamental theorem[edit]

"Fundamental theorem of arithmetic", etc., so it's somewhat of a set phrase in mathematics, but still just fundamental + theorem. DTLHS (talk) 03:36, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Keep. As is made clear in the Wikipedia article, fundamental here is not used in the obvious sense ("serving as a foundation"). It is a fairly vague considered central - admittedly, in some cases, having been thus considered for a long time. For newer usages, even this sense is watered down. It is emphatically not necessary that the theorem form the basis of a logical exposition of the related theory.— Pingkudimmi 05:06, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
Keep. There may be translations anyway. DonnanZ (talk) 08:12, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
In another place I found Grundsatz (being used this way) Hauptsatz (oops) and Fundamentalsatz. Neither is word for word. DonnanZ (talk) 08:41, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
From Satz one could - if the entry were more informative - find types of Sätze, but one has to differ between linguistics (Hauptsatz, Nebensatz, Fragesatz, ...), mathematics (Fundamentalsatz, Hilfssatz (Hilfsatz), Lehrsatz, ...) and others. - 13:07, 1 July 2018 (UTC)
Fundamentalsatz is word for word: Satz is theorem. --Dan Polansky (talk) 11:09, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

feed out of[edit]

Sometimes people don't understand prepositions. Equinox 03:23, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

Well, I feel like there might be something to this one. "The cows were fed out of troughs" is very different from "The cows were fed out of the chute into the slaughterhouse". The former seems clearly SoP, the latter not so much, at least based off of our current senses of feed. In any case, entry doesn't cover the distinction...so maybe add sense to feed that covers the regular, constant transmission of material from one point to another, and then delete. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 13:44, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
In "fed out of the chute into the slaughterhouse", feed is used in sense 4: "To give to a machine to be processed". Of course a slaughterhouse is not literally a machine; this is a metaphorical use. You could also say, extending the example at feed: Feed the paper gently out of the waste basket into the document shredder.  --Lambiam 01:39, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
Delete. Per utramque cavernam 10:58, 3 September 2018 (UTC)

bird's nest[edit]

SoP and pretty transparent. --Robbie SWE (talk) 17:57, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

I'm inclined to keep it. There is also bird's nest fungus, which should link to this (but doesn't), and I'm surprised there's no entry for bird's nest soup. DonnanZ (talk) 20:01, 22 June 2018 (UTC)
I didn't realise at first this is a new entry, but I'm still saying "keep". DonnanZ (talk) 11:06, 23 June 2018 (UTC)
Definitely delete the current sense. We should probably add a sense for a metaphoric tangled mess, as in "on windy days her hair was an absolute bird's nest". Chuck Entz (talk) 20:52, 22 June 2018 (UTC)
  • We lacked any of the metaphor-derived definitions, for example, the six that MWOnline has. They may be hard to attest. DCDuring (talk) 12:27, 24 June 2018 (UTC)
Delete the current SoP sense, but add an edible bird's nest sense (probably a short form of that term). This is a common usage in Malaysia and Singapore: see for example [17], [18], [19]. — SGconlaw (talk) 07:07, 25 June 2018 (UTC)
Even if that were to happen, somewhere is still needed to record terms that include "bird's nest" (and translations of course). DonnanZ (talk) 10:48, 25 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Clearly keep. It's in the OED, Merriam-Webster, Collins, and dictionary.com. It is also stressed in speech as a compound noun. ("This is an ˌanimal's ˈnest" v. "This is a ˈbird's nest"). Ƿidsiþ 11:48, 3 July 2018 (UTC)
I see we don't have birdnest or bird-nest. Perhaps the defs can be moved there Leasnam (talk) 19:12, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
I've created birdnest and moved all content there. I've left bird's nest as an alt form. Leasnam (talk) 19:20, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
Um, are there any lemmings for birdnest? Not a term I use, and not a good move, IMO. DonnanZ (talk) 19:33, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
Perhaps, but birdnest is an entry we needed to create anyway, as we are missing it. This way, we can care for both issues at once Leasnam (talk) 19:53, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
You can have birdnest by all means (birdnesting also springs to mind, I'm sure that's a word), but I don't think it should be the main entry. DonnanZ (talk) 20:13, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
Okay, well it's easily movable to one of the other forms if deemed more appropriate... Leasnam (talk) 20:38, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
If birdnest is an alternative of bird's nest there is now no reason to delete that. Apparently birdnest is also a verb, and birdnesting is what I thought it was, although there is apparently a new sense related to divorce. DonnanZ (talk) 20:52, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
  • I reinstated bird's nest as the main lemma, since it was created first and is also orders of magnitude more common. Ƿidsiþ 09:46, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
    I agree. — SGconlaw (talk) 10:00, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep per Widsith (WT:LEMMING), including the literal sense, rather transparent one. In any case, the entry now hosts more senses for which it needs to be kept, thanks to diff. --Dan Polansky (talk) 13:40, 23 September 2018 (UTC)

tool of choice[edit]

SoP "tool + of choice". (I'm also not sure that the "mostly software" remark is particularly true.) Equinox 17:59, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

Delete, SOP. Per utramque cavernam 11:22, 20 August 2018 (UTC)
Delete per nom. --Dan Polansky (talk) 13:33, 23 September 2018 (UTC)

sneak in[edit]

sneak up[edit]

sneak away[edit]

sneak off[edit]

sneak up on[edit]

Each as SoP. See conversation at #sneak out.

  • sneak in (sense 1) is purely sneak + in. Sense 2 is more idiomatic, and may end up warranting to keep the entry with the &lit designation on sense 1--but I think it would do better to add a relevant sense to sneak.
  • sneak up is simply sneak + up (sense 12)--up can be used with just about any movement verb in this sense: I snuck up to the house, I walked up to the house, I ran up to the house, I drove up to the house, I bicycled up to the house, I roller-skated up to the house, I crawled up to the house, etc.
  • sneak away is similar: sneak + away. E.g., I snuck away from the crowd, I ran away from the crowd, I somersaulted away from the crowd, etc.
  • sneak off is the same thing: sneak + off (adverb sense 1). Sneak off, drive off, stomp off, etc.
  • sneak up on, even though it has a narrower definition, is still simply sneak + up (sense 12) + on (sense 2).

--SanctMinimalicen (talk) 13:57, 23 June 2018 (UTC)

debug menu[edit]

I think this is SoP. The creator evidently knows the term from video games, but any kind of menu used for debugging is a "debug menu", e.g. in Microsoft's Visual Studio IDE. Equinox 01:15, 25 June 2018 (UTC)

In video gaming contexts at least, a debug menu and a debug mode are practically one and the same. But debug here doesn't mean looking through the code as it does in programming contexts. When debug menus/modes are left in video games and accessed by players, they are not technically used for debugging (although that would have been its original purpose), but for cheating and other such stuff, but they're still called debug. Adam9007 (talk) 17:47, 25 June 2018 (UTC)
Well, I was reminded of sound test: a lot of 1990s console games have a "sound test" openly exposed in the options menu that will play all the sounds and music of the game. This could be used for testing but clearly anyone messing with it on a final released game isn't doing testing in that sense. Hmm. Maybe opinions from people who aren't either gamers or programmers? Equinox 22:21, 27 June 2018 (UTC)
To my knowledge, such sound and music tests are not called debug menus, although they can sometimes be found in debug menus. My understanding of it (but I could be wrong) is that in general, if it's not hidden in any way (that is, if it's clearly intended for the player to access it if they want to), it's not debug. Debug stuff in video games is almost always hidden from the player and accessible only by doing things like entering a code, adding of modifying an out-of-game setting, or in extreme cases, hacking. The hidden sound test in the PlayStation version of Ridge Racer may be considered debug as you cannot access it without hacking. But the one in the Mega Drive version of Puzzle & Action: Tant-R is not, as from the main menu all you have to do is go into Options and there it is. Also, unlike sound tests and say, cheat menus (I don't think anyone with any common sense would need further explanation for those), what you get in a debug menu can vary considerably depending on what game you're playing. Sometimes it's stuff that can be used to cheat, sometimes it's extra configuration stuff, sometimes it's tests, sometimes it's a mixture etc. In fact, one of the citations felt the term needed explaining. Adam9007 (talk) 22:54, 28 June 2018 (UTC)

people are people[edit]

Googling phrases of the form "X are X" or "X is X" tends to produce hits, usually with a meaning like, "the nature of X is what it is". Examples are "men are men" and "dogs are dogs". What makes a Randian phrase of the type "A is A" worthy of inclusion? In some cases (e.g., boys will be boys) this may be an established saying, but in general it is a snowclone whose meaning is basically a sum-of-parts and not idiomatically fixed. Compare the present sense ("People are basically the same everywhere") with the sense supplied by the original creator ("People are inherently imperfect, and thus should be expected to make mistakes"). While I contend the first one is more commonly implied, both are within the vague spectrum of meanings of phrases of the form "X is Y" for the case where Y is the same of X, depending on the speaker's incidental notion of the nature of X. Lambiam 10:48, 27 June 2018 (UTC)

I'm confused, wasn't this added by User:Lambiam? DonnanZ (talk) 19:50, 27 June 2018 (UTC)
Yes, wrong revision. —Suzukaze-c 00:10, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
I merely edited it, after it had been added by another editor. See also Wiktionary:Tea room/2018/June#people are people.  --Lambiam 01:20, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
I think DonnanZ was referring to the username I attributed to the post? You forgot to add your username (one too many hyphens). —Suzukaze-c 01:29, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
This hasn't really reached the status of "boys will be boys". It seems SoP to me and I would lean toward deletion. I am also reminded of the modern Internet slang of e.g. "obvious troll is obvious" or "long cat is long". Equinox 22:24, 27 June 2018 (UTC)
I have never been particularly happy with the definition, I'm not sure how to redefine it (if it's salvageable). All people have human failings? DonnanZ (talk) 09:12, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
Delete, might be worth an entry in the snowclones Appendix. Per utramque cavernam 15:11, 1 August 2018 (UTC)
Delete per PUC. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 01:16, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

aspirational recycling[edit]

This is a preemptive RFD, as my last contribution was sent here and I'm twice shy now. Does anyone think this term ought to be deleted/excluded, or would it be safe for me to spend time on it? Here's a few attestations across the last four years: [20][21][22][23].--Father Goose (talk) 03:18, 28 June 2018 (UTC)

You didn't suggest a definition. Apparently it's when people put stuff in the recycling that they think should be recyclable but isn't. (I know the feeling. Damn those plastic lasagne trays.) I see maybe one or two hits on Google Books. With these buzzwords you just need to check whether there is real usage, or just some journalists talking about them on a slow day. Equinox 03:20, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
It's a clearly a fairly new term, but not this-year new. Your definition is more or less the one I'd use. The Google Books hits don't match that definition; all the usage I see is in articles (in fairly high-profile media) and waste-industry specific sites. It's not exactly a conversational term. So there's real usage, but is it Wiktionary-real? This is why I am soliciting opinions here. Can I create the entry, or would people recommend against it?--Father Goose (talk) 18:26, 28 June 2018 (UTC)

Okay, I've created it. The synonym wishful recycling is attestable too, as is aspirational recycler but I still won't assume deletion is not forthcoming.--Father Goose (talk) 19:03, 2 July 2018 (UTC)

he who can, does, he who cannot, teaches[edit]

Procedural completion of an incomplete RfD by User:Maaduu2017. This saying is actually originally a quotation from the play Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw (see q:Man and Superman). I have, personally, no clear opinion as to whether this saying merits inclusion or not; the short reason "gibberish" provided by the original nominator, however, clearly has no merit.  --Lambiam 13:19, 28 June 2018 (UTC)

A profound statement like this isn't gibberish. Shown as an alternative form of those who can't do, teach which survived RFV earlier this year. Classified as a proverb, I'm not sure about that, but if it is kept the source of the quotation should be included. But it could just as easily be included as a quotation at teach for instance. DonnanZ (talk) 15:00, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
I can't see how the phrase is anything but SoP. Contrast a true proverb like a rolling stone gathers no moss, which is metaphorical. — SGconlaw (talk) 16:26, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
Counterpoint: a penny saved is a penny earned is not metaphorical, but clearly proverbial. - TheDaveRoss 16:29, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
So it shouldn't be considered a proverb. The statement may not always be true anyway, consider a motorcycle instructor who rides along with his pupils. I think we can delete this, but save the quotation elsewhere. DonnanZ (talk) 17:28, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Not gibberish. Though there might be other spellings and some might be better. E.g. one can also find: "He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches.", "He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches(.)" [the second dot is optional -- or it might at least sometimes be a matter of different quotation styles as "TEXT." vs. "TEXT".], "He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches. He who cannot teach, teaches teachers.".
  • Proverbs are often SOP, yet they are included as they're proverbs. Thus, if attestable (WT:RFVE) and an actual proverb (verifiable through citations and usages or through inclusion in proverb dictionaries?), it should stay -- or many proverbs should be deleted as they are SOP.
  • Source or origin (George Bernard Shaw, Maxims, 1903?) can be added in the etymology section. - 12:31, 1 July 2018 (UTC)
Delete, doesn't seem extremely proverbialised. Per utramque cavernam 11:12, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

what the hell[edit]

Sense "(mildly vulgar, slang) An intensive form of what.". SOP, just what + the hell. Compare why the hell ("why the hell did you do that?"), where the hell ("where the hell are my keys?") and so on.__Gamren (talk) 15:12, 29 June 2018 (UTC)

Of course, we should add {{&lit}} and leave the example sentence as it is.__Gamren (talk) 15:14, 29 June 2018 (UTC)
Delete per proponent. Per utramque cavernam 10:12, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep via WT:LEMMING: in MW[25] although only as boldfaced part of their "hell" entry, and oxforddictionaries.com[26]. My lemming-free instinct would be to keep as well; compare also what the fuck. --Dan Polansky (talk) 14:39, 16 September 2018 (UTC)

instant karma[edit]

Sense 3 (of the adjective) of instant + sense 2 of karma. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 20:34, 29 June 2018 (UTC)

  • It isn’t, actually, though. Here’s your difference. If you throw a rock at a window, and immediately after, a bird poops on your head, you might call that karma, and it is instant. But it isn’t this. This is, you throw a rock at a window, and instead of it breaking the window, it bounces off and hits you in the head. If you go look at all the instant karma memes, all are instances of this sort of thing happening. Pandeist (talk) 22:08, 30 June 2018 (UTC)
    • Or if you help someone across the street and there's an accident where you would have been standing, that wouldn't be instant karma, either. In other words, it's an unforeseen negative consequence to a negative action- immediate, coincidentally self-inflicted poetic justice. Chuck Entz (talk) 23:16, 30 June 2018 (UTC)
      • Yes, that!! Always negative, and always essentially self-inflicted. Pandeist (talk) 03:19, 1 July 2018 (UTC)
Keep, although this is quite close to sense 2 of karma, and make it more clear that it is about self-inflected negative consequences. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 08:07, 25 July 2018 (UTC)
Delete, SOP. Per utramque cavernam 11:12, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

too clever by half[edit]

This is just one case of "too ... by half". (The usage examples might be good there.) Equinox 00:02, 30 June 2018 (UTC)

It looks like a "lemming" keep. DonnanZ (talk) 09:06, 2 July 2018 (UTC)
The definition we currently have at by half (and those I see in other dictionaries), which focuses on just being "in excess", doesn't really allow one to derive the def we have at too clever by half, but I think that may be a fixable shortcoming of the definition, since in "too talented by half", "too smart by half" etc it seems to have the same meaning of "excessive to the point of excess complexity which causes failures" (or something like that). Presumably we have to fix that (I've taken a stab at it) even if we keep this specific phrase on a 'lemming' argument (Merriam-Webster and Oxford Dictionaries Online do include this one; Merriam-Webster, Collins, and Dictionary.com also have "by half"). Abstain for now. - -sche (discuss) 16:32, 8 August 2018 (UTC)
Delete, maybe add it to the snow clones appendix, and improve by half. Per utramque cavernam 11:50, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

sexual market value[edit]

DTLHS (talk) 20:43, 30 June 2018 (UTC)

What is the deletion rationale? Doesn't seem entirely SoP to me, based on market value. I have linked the abbreviation SMV which we already had. Equinox 21:19, 30 June 2018 (UTC)

Strong keep Popular term that deserves inclusion, there is no reason for why it should be excluded. Amin (talk) 11:04, 1 July 2018 (UTC)

I'm not convinced it should be deleted, but you haven't provided any reason for why it should be kept either. Per utramque cavernam 11:14, 1 July 2018 (UTC)
It should go the other way: Giving a reason for deletion, then seeing if it applies, is convincing, and no reason given = no reason for deletion.
I can think of only three reasons:
  • 1. not politically correct, immoral, offensive - which is no reason for deletion.
  • 2. It doesn't exist, isn't attestable (WT:CFI) - this would be a matter for WT:RFVE and not of WT:RFD.
  • 3. SOP. The parsing question might be a reason for keep. Is it sexual market + value (~ Germ. *Wert auf dem sexuellen Markt oder Sexualmarkt, *Sexualmarkt-wert) or sexual + market value (~ Germ. *sexueller Marktwert).
- 12:48, 1 July 2018 (UTC)
>"you haven't provided any reason for why it should be kept" - @Per utramque cavernam:
I did; "Popular term" Amin (talk) 18:56, 1 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Leaning delete…I also see results for "emotional market value", "romantic market value", "intellectual market value", "nutritional market value", "environmental market value", "political market value" etc etc etc. Ƿidsiþ 19:07, 1 July 2018 (UTC)
I think you accidentally proved my point that sexual market value deserved to be included lol. I searched for the terms you mentioned, here are the results.
Google search results:
"sexual market value": 35.000
"emotional market value": 22
"romantic market value": 338
"intellectual market value": 24
"nutritional market value": 765
"environmental market value": 21
"political market value": 6
Amin (talk) 02:52, 4 July 2018 (UTC)
"Sexual market value" only gets 500 hits on Google Books, an order of magnitude less than, say, "intrinsic market value" or "real market value". Should those have entries as well? Ƿidsiþ 07:39, 4 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete, it may appear non-SOP because of the overly narrow definition that specifies a "dating market", but the term can also describe any sex appeal or attractiveness in non-dating contexts. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 08:15, 25 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete per Ƿidsiþ and Bingo. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 01:14, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Abstain. Also (not that it really has any bearing on this RFD request), Wiktionary:Tea room/2018/June § SMV - sexual market value: should we parse this as [[sexual market] + [value]] or [[sexual] + [market value]]? sexual market place (sexual marketplace?) seems pretty clearly to be [[sexual] + [market place]]. Per utramque cavernam 11:55, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

July 2018[edit]


Moved from RFD/non-English.

crappy adj form entry. --Cien pies 6 (talk) 13:12, 8 May 2018 (UTC)

this should be at WT:RFDE, methinks — Mnemosientje (t · c) 14:45, 11 May 2018 (UTC)
  • I am rather dubious about this, and am leaning towards delete, unless quotations can be found. PUC has now gone and RFDed geographical area (which I would rather keep), sometimes you can't even mention a term for fear of an RFD. DonnanZ (talk) 15:57, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
Delete, this is useless. It is silly to type such a thing into a dictionary. Fay Freak (talk) 01:14, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

blue film[edit]

Open to argument, but this doesn't convince me. "Blue movie", which is a lot more common, might perhaps be felt as a set phrase, but "blue film"? It feels to me just like blue + film, especially since it can be turned around: "The film was a bit blue" (sounds very dated, but this kind of usage is or was common). You can also have blue jokes, a blue novel etc etc. Ƿidsiþ 06:47, 5 July 2018 (UTC)

I can't remember now, but I wouldn't rule it out, it has the same definition as blue movie. This term would be rather dated and I think this needs to go to RFV, to see if anything can be found in Google Books. DonnanZ (talk) 07:44, 5 July 2018 (UTC)
It's attestable, though it doesn't seem particularly common. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 08:26, 25 July 2018 (UTC)
Delete: film is predominantly used in British English as opposed to movie in American English. However even in British English you would refer to a blue movie as a set phrase and not a blue film. -Stelio (talk) 19:45, 3 August 2018 (UTC)
That was my immediate reaction too. Equinox 18:55, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
Keep: Both "blue movie" and "blue film" are commonly used terms for the same thing, i.e., a pornographic film. While 'blue movie' is now an outdated term, 'blue film' seems to be a more common usage over the world. I've commonly seen it used in media over the world when referring to a pornographic film/"blue movie", some recent examples: New Straits Times, The Copenhagen Post, Times of India. This should probably be submitted for an RFV than deletion.
PS: Also looks like 'blue movie' only became popular after Andy Warhol's movie of the same name, 'blue film' seems to be the older term.[1] Gotitbro (talk) 18:49, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

petrol engine[edit]

SOP. Unsigned by 2602:252:D2B:3AA0:85A2:1A9E:D7F7:47BC

It is a British term, so what do Americans call them? DonnanZ (talk) 18:50, 8 July 2018 (UTC)
gasoline engines, which is SOP, too. Chuck Entz (talk) 02:14, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
OK, not a gas engine. Keep this for translations, and gasoline engine can be redirected here. DonnanZ (talk) 07:50, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
Delete per proponent. Per utramque cavernam 08:35, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Wikidata[29]. I am confused by Finnish ottomoottori and German Ottomotor given in the entry. Are they correct as translations of "petrol engine"? If they are, does the attribute "petrol" tend to pick the most stereotypical kinds of petrol engines to the exclusion of some other engines that use petrol? W:Heinkel HeS 3 is a jet engine that uses gasoline; is that considered to be a "gasoline engine" or "petrol engine"? For some reasons, I was also thinking of Wankel engine (Wikidata[30]), but nothing interesting came out of it. Coordinate terms include diesel engine and gas engine. Collins has "petrol engine"[31], defined as a kind of "internal-combustion engine"; WT:LEMMING? A further confusion: German Ottomotor says it is a "four-stroke engine"; that would mean that W:Two-stroke_engine would not be a Ottomotor, where W:Two-stroke_engine does use gasoline, so not every gasoline engine would be a de:Ottomotor. Since Duden:Ottomotor does not mention anything about "four-stroke", maybe our Ottomotor entry is just wrong about it. --Dan Polansky (talk) 19:51, 5 October 2018 (UTC)

bad loser[edit]

Is it as idiomatic as sore loser? Per utramque cavernam 10:45, 11 July 2018 (UTC)

Keep. It's a set phrase that means more than just bad + loser. ---> Tooironic (talk) 04:30, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
Keep. I prefer this to sore loser as a term. DonnanZ (talk) 08:22, 18 July 2018 (UTC)

No consensus, two native speakers voted keep. Per utramque cavernam 11:14, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

nowhere else[edit]

anywhere else[edit]

everywhere else[edit]

somewhere else[edit]

anyplace else[edit]

anybody else[edit]

someone else[edit]

anyone else[edit]

everyone else[edit]

anything else[edit]

  • A translation hub. DonnanZ (talk) 15:17, 11 July 2018 (UTC)

SOP; nothing else and anything else have already been successfully RFD'ed (see Talk:nothing else and Talk:anything else); I don't know why the latter has been kept or recreated. Keep something else as it has an idiomatic sense (see Talk:anything else). Per utramque cavernam 14:01, 11 July 2018 (UTC)

  • Let's ask one of your favourite questions: WHY? Most of these have translations, apart from the synonyms, and I may be able to clear some red links. DonnanZ (talk) 15:09, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete as to most, but keep "something else" as an &lit companion to the idiomatic sense, and keep "somewhere else", for which I just added the missing idiomatic sense for daydreaming. See, e.g., '2013, John Bemrose, The Island Walkers: A Novel, p. 3: "Hearing the laughter of his sons, Alf grinned. But he was somewhere else, thinking of the woman moving through the dim house behind him". bd2412 T 16:22, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
  • somewhere else is a synonym of elsewhere anyway. But I don't think we should pick and choose like that, I would prefer to keep the lot (and any others that were possibly missed). DonnanZ (talk) 18:22, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
Not going to vote explicitly, but it does seem that we ought to be able to capture the sense of else without creating all (or most) of the collocations. Equinox 13:04, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

geographical area[edit]

geographical + area. See also the deletion debate for geographical-area above. Per utramque cavernam 10:05, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

I would prefer to keep this in preference to the other one. It is a possible translation target; yes, I know there are none at the moment. DonnanZ (talk) 16:03, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
Delete per nom. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 20:10, 19 July 2018 (UTC)
Delete, this is useless. It is silly to type such a thing into a dictionary. Fay Freak (talk) 01:14, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

interface description language[edit]

interface definition language[edit]

Software engineering; a language used to describe/define an interface... —Suzukaze-c 03:01, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Delete both, SOP. Per utramque cavernam 11:20, 20 August 2018 (UTC)

not have the faintest idea[edit]

A common collocation, but does it warrant an entry? Per utramque cavernam 10:05, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

not have the faintest is a slightly shorter form. DonnanZ (talk) 12:51, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
Or even I haven't the faintest. Chuck Entz (talk) 13:30, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
@Chuck Entz:
How is she doing?
- Not the faintest clue.
"I haven't the faintest" feels like an unfinished sentence to me, probably used to express confusion, like what the. Alexis Jazz (talk) 00:48, 19 July 2018 (UTC)
It's just a clipping, a shorter way of saying it. "I haven't the faintest" would normally be an answer to a question. DonnanZ (talk) 07:32, 19 July 2018 (UTC)
I suppose that happens, I personally can't recall hearing it often though. When it comes to clippings, I think "Not the faintest clue/idea." is more common. And "Not a clue." is even shorter. And no idea is even shorter than that. I'd stick to not have the faintest (existing entry) in this case. Alexis Jazz (talk) 08:34, 19 July 2018 (UTC)
@Donnanz, Chuck Entz: Can you cite the clipping? I was unable to. Wiktionary:Requests for verification/English#not have the faintest Alexis Jazz (talk) 17:22, 19 July 2018 (UTC)
Compare to foggiest and have the foggiest, and note the redirects pointing to the latter page. That seems a fine approach to use for "faintest" as well. -Stelio (talk) 09:39, 26 July 2018 (UTC)
Model entries for faintest and have the faintest after foggiest and have the foggiest, respectively, as Stelio mentioned. I don't think that any of the forms of "Have the faintest/foggiest idea/clue/notion/etc. [about something]" warrant an entry, as they are essentially SoP. They can simply be referenced in the etymologies of faintest, foggiest, have the faintest and have the foggiest. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 16:36, 11 August 2018 (UTC)
(Though honestly it may be more useful to make the phrasal verbs negative, i.e. not have the faintest and not have the foggiest. Either way would work, I suppose.) --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 16:38, 11 August 2018 (UTC)
  • A {{R:GNV}} search: not have the * idea,not have the * clue,not have the * notion at Google Ngram Viewer. There, not have the slightest idea is most common. Making one entry a host of the whole pattern, and letting other entries redirect there could be useful or acceptable. --Dan Polansky (talk) 13:28, 23 September 2018 (UTC)
    Keep. In the Ngram search I posted, this is the second most common item. It is useful for translation. The reader might be able to put the translation together from the translations of the parts, but it would be a process fraught with uncertainty since they would not know whether the resulting combination is actually used. If not that, create not have the slightest idea and redirect to that entry. --Dan Polansky (talk) 11:13, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete, not dictionary material. Fay Freak (talk) 01:14, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

dead simple[edit]

= dead#Adverb + simple. The adverb section of the entry for dead has a pretty good set of definitions and usage examples. DCDuring (talk) 12:43, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Apparently we need an entry for πανεύκολος (panéfkolos, dead simple). Or does it just mean "very simple"? Is it only used informally, as dead simple would be? DCDuring (talk) 12:49, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
Well, πανεύκολος (usually as the neutral πανεύκολο) does indeed mean "dead easy" (which is a far more common phrase than "dead simple" in the UK) or "very simple". In my experience it's not exclusively informal in everyday usage. But I'll ping @Sarri.greek as someone who has had a more formal education in Greek, to confirm or correct me. -Stelio (talk) 09:26, 26 July 2018 (UTC)
Thank you @Stelio:. απλούστατος is used both formally and informally: = highly simple, simplest & dead simple. Same for πανεύκολος= very easy & dead easy. ευκολότατος on the other hand is more formal. @DCDuring:, because my English is not good, I like to see examples for such expressions: their context, their formal equivalents. They are difficult to translate. And they are so many! sarri.greek (talk) 03:22, 28 July 2018 (UTC)
@DCDuring: doodsimpel can be used in fairly formal conversations. Alexis Jazz (talk) 22:47, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
I would find it interesting as a translation hub. If entries for Greek or Esperanto are made, there will be no way to link them because non-English entries are not allowed to have translation tables. I thought this would also exist in German (toteinfach), but I find little use of that. Alexis Jazz (talk) 23:41, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
Not everything needs to be linked to from English entries. Per utramque cavernam 07:25, 24 July 2018 (UTC)
I think it is telling that no one thinks we need an entry for [[very simple]] because it would be a translation target, even though it is much more common than dead simple. Isn't this just for the dead obvious reason that dead is less common than very and actually has to be looked up to determine that it has adverbial usage with meanings other than the common adjectival one and the various derived metaphorical meanings? It is maddening to me that some believe that every spelled-solid term in any FL needs to have a corresponding single English entry no matter how utterly transparent the English multi-word expression may be. DCDuring (talk) 03:53, 28 July 2018 (UTC)
@DCDuring: in which language is very simple a single word? Not Dutch, because that's heel simpel (or heel eenvoudig). If translation tables are allowed to be added to all FL entries when there isn't an English entry to serve as a translation hub, that would be fine with me too. Alexis Jazz (talk) 19:44, 30 July 2018 (UTC)
To respond with another question: Why does English Wiktionary have to act as if [[dead simple]] is worth an entry merely because there are languages that have that as one possible English translation? DCDuring (talk) 20:20, 30 July 2018 (UTC)
@DCDuring: I'm not sure I understand. Doodsimpel is dead simple, literally. Alexis Jazz (talk) 10:00, 23 August 2018 (UTC)
So what? In English dead simple = dead + simple and is synonymous with very simple. DCDuring (talk) 01:55, 24 August 2018 (UTC)
Delete per nom. - -sche (discuss) 03:48, 2 September 2018 (UTC)
Delete per proponent, but the relative frequencies of dead easy - dead simple in UK vs. US English should be documented on dead, methinks (i.e. I'd want to know what Stelio said above). Per utramque cavernam 10:13, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
Delete, this “dead” can be prepended to every adjective. Fay Freak (talk) 01:14, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

pastry shop[edit]

Translation hub but translations refer to another entry? The single word does not seem attestable, so cannot COALMINE either. SURJECTION ·talk·contr·log· 20:05, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

  • I must confess I have never heard of a pastry shop, patisserie yes. In fact I think patisserie is preferred in English. So if this is unverifiable, delete I think. DonnanZ (talk) 09:49, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
On second thoughts, it may be better to send it to RFV. DonnanZ (talk) 10:00, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
Well no, because it's SOP. SURJECTION ·talk·contr·log· 13:29, 24 July 2018 (UTC)
You will find other so-called SoP terms at shop#Derived terms, so that argument doesn't hold much water. The more pertinent question is whether the term is actually used or not, which is why I suggested RFV. DonnanZ (talk) 17:59, 24 July 2018 (UTC)
Easily verified via Google Books. It seems slightly dated. Today I would expect "bakery", "cake shop", or "patisserie". Equinox 18:02, 24 July 2018 (UTC)
Yes, it does hold water, because those entries pass via WT:LEMMING, which can be easily verified with OneLook. "pastry shop", however, does not. SURJECTION ·talk·contr·log· 18:05, 24 July 2018 (UTC)
Perhaps the term should be mentioned in a user note for the "patisserie" entry? Andrew Sheedy (talk) 19:17, 24 July 2018 (UTC)
The definition for patisserie reads "pastry shop" already, not "a shop that sells pastries". But being dated, as Equinox suggests, doesn't surprise me. DonnanZ (talk) 19:32, 24 July 2018 (UTC)
...which is bad anyway, since pastry shop itself has no gloss and is simply a translation hub. SURJECTION ·talk·contr·log· 19:39, 24 July 2018 (UTC)
I fail to see how it can be a translation hub (without a definition) when the creator decided to redirect translations to patisserie anyway. A bit contradictory. DonnanZ (talk) 19:49, 24 July 2018 (UTC)
I have revised patisserie, and turned pastry shop into a synonym, scrapping the translations hub, which was pointless. It could still do with some quotations though, @Equinox? DonnanZ (talk) 21:07, 24 July 2018 (UTC)

go to the bad[edit]

SOP. 2602:252:D2B:3AA0:B56D:C433:141:B84B 00:45, 25 July 2018 (UTC)

Not really any more SOP than "go bad", is it...? Equinox 00:52, 25 July 2018 (UTC)
Is it used in a different way to go bad? Would quotations be useful? DonnanZ (talk) 14:04, 25 July 2018 (UTC)
Keep, idiom. Per utramque cavernam 11:18, 20 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Move to to the bad, since there are several other constructions. Ƿidsiþ 11:58, 22 August 2018 (UTC)


Specific proprietary database system; not a household word, and something for Wikipedia, I would think. Similar "terms" (products) that we don't have might include MySQL, Hadoop, Access, FoxPro, dBase, and so on. Equinox 17:03, 29 July 2018 (UTC)

Not arguing the deletion but just want to correct that InnoDB is free software, while being dual licensed under GPL *and* a possible proprietary license if a company needs it. C0rn3j (talk) 18:53, 4 August 2018 (UTC)
Delete. Per utramque cavernam 09:40, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
Delete. Overly specific. Fay Freak (talk) 01:14, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

August 2018[edit]

pounce on[edit]

Isn't this sense already covered at pounce? --Robbie SWE (talk) 19:12, 3 August 2018 (UTC)

Not exactly. We have the literal form of attack (like a cat does), and the figurative seizing on an opportunity, but not the figurative attack that seems to combine these senses. I'd say merge into pounce by adding the relevant sense. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 18:37, 4 August 2018 (UTC)
Delete per SanctMinimalicen. DCDuring (talk) 19:51, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
Delete per the above. Per utramque cavernam 10:32, 10 November 2018 (UTC)


I understand the reasoning that the entry should exist just to illustrate the pronunciation, but that seems to be clear anyway. This is a proper noun that is not in common use as a household name. SURJECTION ·talk·contr·log· 18:59, 4 August 2018 (UTC)

The pronunciation can go in the lede of the Wikipedia page. —Suzukaze-c 19:05, 4 August 2018 (UTC)
Delete. Per utramque cavernam 10:59, 3 September 2018 (UTC)


Not a suffix; similar case to Talk:-dimensional. The form 20-tuple can be explained in a usage note at tuple. Equinox 03:07, 5 August 2018 (UTC)

Delete. Per utramque cavernam 13:17, 5 August 2018 (UTC)
Abstain. Per utramque cavernam 19:46, 26 August 2018 (UTC)
It appears to be a valid suffix, reference added. It looks like a keep to me. DonnanZ (talk) 09:09, 8 August 2018 (UTC)
According to Oxford, tuple is derived from -tuple. DonnanZ (talk) 09:15, 8 August 2018 (UTC)
Weak keep. I prefer the idea of putting a usage note on at tuple, but that doesn't seem right with regards to the development of the word: as DonnanZ mentioned, it seems pretty clear (and authoritatively backed) that the extrapolation of -tuple from such words as quintuple to peg on to other numbers was first, and the word only later gained independence. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 00:37, 10 August 2018 (UTC)
Keep per Donnanz. DCDuring (talk) 19:44, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
Keep per Donnanz. Andrew Sheedy (talk) 19:47, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
Do note that the Oxford etymology doesn't claim that tuple is derived from the nominated sense. I doubt that it is controversial that this sense of -tuple (A tuple (finite sequence of terms) containing the specified number of terms) came from tuple, which derives from the apparent suffix -tuple in the adjectives and nouns septuple, octuple, centuple, etc. So that argument is neither here nor there. Therefore, delete this sense. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 07:38, 20 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep Just not buying the idea that that isn't a suffix, sorry. Purplebackpack89 03:51, 30 August 2018 (UTC)

kindergarten tactic[edit]

grade school tactic[edit]

elementary school tactic[edit]

And grade school tactic and elementary school tactic. Following up from Wiktionary:Tea_room/2018/January#elementary_school_tactic,_grade_school_tactic,_kindergarten_tactic. Equinox 03:52, 5 August 2018 (UTC)

Delete. Per utramque cavernam 13:17, 5 August 2018 (UTC)
Delete all, unless someone can come up with a good reason for keeping them. Not even directly linked to grade school and elementary school. DonnanZ (talk) 10:00, 8 August 2018 (UTC)
Delete. As much as I like these, they seem just to be metaphorical uses of elementary school, etc. + tactic. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 00:25, 10 August 2018 (UTC)
You like them? Are they terms (commonly) used in American English? DonnanZ (talk) 08:46, 10 August 2018 (UTC)
I do like them: I think they're comical. And I've definitely heard kindergarten tactic and elementary school tactic used in this way (the term grade school is uncommon in my region). I don't think they quite qualify as "common", but they're certainly not rare, in my experience. Perhaps somewhere in the "unusual" zone. But they'd be understood by most people even so. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 13:51, 10 August 2018 (UTC)
Hmm. Maybe not understood by British readers. DonnanZ (talk) 14:02, 10 August 2018 (UTC)
Oh, I meant most people in my area. Sorry, I worded it unclearly. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 14:07, 10 August 2018 (UTC)
Delete this (and so many other similar phrases that use a noun metaphorically). DCDuring (talk) 19:42, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

mud over[edit]

mud up[edit]

mud down[edit]

I'm starting to get really tired of all these recent phrasal verbs. How is mud over not covered at the verb section of to mud already? I also nominate mud up, mud down for deletion and a thorough verification of all the phrasal verbs added by anons lately. --Robbie SWE (talk) 19:20, 5 August 2018 (UTC)

Never heard of it. Tentative delete. DonnanZ (talk) 23:28, 6 August 2018 (UTC)
I have added the other two at the top. I must confess I haven't heard of any of them. DonnanZ (talk) 18:24, 7 August 2018 (UTC)
Delete all. There's nothing unique about these--they're just mud (verb) with up (adv sense 13), down (adv senses 14-15) and over (sense 1). --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 00:22, 10 August 2018 (UTC)
I am somewhat curious as to whether these forms exist in common usage at all. Equinox 03:38, 10 August 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, the one that seems the most likely to me is mud up--maybe something like "The boy came in from the back yard all mudded up"--but in reality that just sounds like an example of the American habit of using everything as a verb. And in any case, "muddied up" would be the more likely option, it seems to me. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 13:48, 10 August 2018 (UTC)
Thank you. We Americans DO have a habit of being creative in converting nouns to verbs. DCDuring (talk) 19:38, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete all. But many so-called phrasal verbs have similar problems, including some legitimate phrasal verbs that have questionable definitions. Phrasal verbs seem to attract advocates who seem to love expanding what they call phrasal verb. DCDuring (talk) 19:37, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete per all of the above. Per utramque cavernam 09:40, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

George VI[edit]

It is a well put together entry so I am reluctant to nominate it for deletion. Overall, I feel that the intent of the current CFI is that a complete name associated with one individual only should not be included (for example, Walt Disney [the person]) is mentioned as not being allowed an entry). John Cross (talk) 05:21, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

  • But this is a "regnal name". His actual name was "Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor". As its creator, I would prefer this to be kept. SemperBlotto (talk) 05:31, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
    • We also have Louis XIV and a few others. SemperBlotto (talk) 05:33, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
      • @SemperBlotto Does this mean that the names of the last hundred-fifty-or-so popes are fair game? Andrew Sheedy (talk) 19:51, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
        • Not to mention the names of hundreds (thousands?) of rulers of polities and religious denominations all over the planet. w:George VI (disambiguation) mentions kings of Georgia and Imereti, as well as a catholicos of the Armenian Armenian Apostolic Church. Then there are situations like w:James VI and I who was the sixth king of Scotland and the first in England by that name. As for George VI's actual name being different, that also applies to stage names and pen names. Chuck Entz (talk) 22:54, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
  • I'd say keep. WT:CFI doesn't deal with this directly, only stating that "[n]o individual person should be listed as a sense in any entry whose page title includes both a given name or diminutive and a family name or patronymic. For instance, Walter Elias Disney, the film producer and voice of Mickey Mouse, is not allowed a definition line at Walt Disney." However, this is a regnal name rather than "a given name or diminutive and a family name or patronymic". I would be in favour of WT:CFI being updated to allow for regnal names. — SGconlaw (talk) 06:46, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
  • I would say keep. It's worth mentioning that Britain has had only one Queen Victoria, and she is listed at English Victoria. DonnanZ (talk) 08:31, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
  • I would like to expand it to have a French entry, if only because of the different pronunciations "George sis" instead of "George the sixth". SemperBlotto (talk) 08:39, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
Go for it if it is spelt the same. DonnanZ (talk) 08:45, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
But that's true for VI in general, surely. It's just how you say six in French! Your argument would seem to support also creating any old person called George just because French people say George differently. Equinox 13:37, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
On the other hand, when a foreign term (such as double entendre) has been borrowed into English, don't we create an English section for it? — SGconlaw (talk) 06:35, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
In the case of double entendre, having a French section would be wrong anyway: it's not in use in French, as it makes no sense morphologically.
I suppose that’s a bad example, then. I was trying to think of a term that originates from French but is now also used in English and regarded as an English word. — SGconlaw (talk) 13:48, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
But I've been wondering asking myself that question a lot: from what point can we say a word has been genuinely borrowed in English, and isn't simply a French word used in running text? Per utramque cavernam 12:32, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
I guess there is no hard and fast rule. I’d say that a lack of quotation marks or italics may point in that direction, but is not conclusive. At the end of the day, if the term appears regularly in English texts and doesn’t seem to be specifically regarded as foreign by the speaker or writer (for example, “e.g.” and “etc.”), it can probably be regarded as having entered the English language. — SGconlaw (talk) 13:48, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
Yes, I agree with that; that's what I had in mind too.
I think something that can help is contrasting the use in different languages: there are some italicised Latin expressions found in English running text I was tempted to label as Latin; then I realised they're not used at all in French (unfortunately I can't give any example off the top of my head). That points towards genuine incorporation in English. But it's a grey area imo. Per utramque cavernam 21:16, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Replace with {{no entry}} and {{in wikipedia}}. DCDuring (talk) 19:26, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Replace with {{no entry}} and {{in wikipedia}} or delete. Andrew Sheedy (talk) 01:49, 18 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete, or at least replace with {{no entry}} and {{in wikipedia}}. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 02:53, 18 August 2018 (UTC)
  • To make it explicit, Delete, or replace with {{no entry}} and {{in wikipedia}}. As I pointed out above, there can be literally dozens (see w:John I) of senses in one entry- not just kings but bans, burgraves, caliphs, catholicoses, counts, dukes, electors, emirs, emperors, khans, maharajahs, margraves, malietoas, nawabs, nizams, pashas, popes, princes, rajas, shahs, wālis, and holders of a number of other titles. Chuck Entz (talk) 04:19, 18 August 2018 (UTC)
    • I think we decided some years ago that the "slippery slope" argument didn't hold here. SemperBlotto (talk) 05:24, 18 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete. Per utramque cavernam 07:42, 20 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep. Ƿidsiþ 11:55, 22 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Replace with {{no entry}} and {{in wikipedia}}.John Cross (talk) 18:44, 24 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete or soft-redirect to WP per Chuck Entz. This is a "disambiguated" name of a specific individual, like the example of "Walt Disney" (which uses a last name rather than a regnal number); I don't buy the argument that his also going by "Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor" makes it any more includable: I would vote to delete [[Bill Clinton]] too, if it existed and were defined as referring to Bill Clinton, even though his legal name is "William" not "Bill". - -sche (discuss) 20:45, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
    One thing I've noticed is that the "keep" votes are almost all from or living in England. I suspect that there's a tendency to see British monarchs as not just individuals, but also as a piece of their history, a national symbol and a branch of the government. Part of the reason for my long list of other titles was to try to show the forest hidden by the trees that are a major part of the English landscape. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:26, 2 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep using WT:LEMMING or similar: "George VI" is in oxforddictionaries.com in "George"[35], AHD[36], and Collins[37]; even MW has that is their George entry[38]: search for "biographical name" in MW. WT:NSE leaves discretion in this case, which it does not in the Walt Disney case. --Dan Polansky (talk) 14:20, 16 September 2018 (UTC)
    They only include it because they include names of individuals, which is in direct contradiction of our policy. We have Wikipedia to cover individual people; those dictionaries don't. Andrew Sheedy (talk) 05:01, 1 October 2018 (UTC)
    We do include some individuals (individual people): Category:en:Individuals; Category talk:en:Individuals. WT:NSE is designed to exclude only certain kinds of names of individuals, intentionally so: "No individual person should be listed as a sense in any entry whose page title includes both [1)] a given name or diminutive and [2)] a family name or patronymic", where I injected the numbering 1) and 2) and added italics to "both". --Dan Polansky (talk) 18:12, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
    Those dictionaries also include entries for John Paul II. Two of them have entries for John Paul I, and many other popes. Are we going to include all those too? I think it's ridiculous. That's outside of our purview, as far as I'm concerned. Regnal names do not generally have significant enough lexical value for them to be included in a dictionary that has an encyclopedic counterpart. Andrew Sheedy (talk) 01:23, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
    Our purview is incredibly broad. We have rules in place to include all attested taxonomic names such as Amanita muscaria, something which general dictionaries usually do not do; and we do have a Wikispecies counterpart that could be used to argue we do not need to include these. We can include John Paul II via WT:LEMMING; that's fine. --Dan Polansky (talk) 08:39, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
    The problem is, like I said, that many dictionaries have biographical entries, whereas we explicitly disallow multi-word names. If we decide to allow these sorts of names, how do we decide who's incusion-worthy? I strongly oppose just using the lemming test, because it's an almost meaningless criterion, and it requires us to be beholden to other dictionaries. If our criterion is "non-legal names" or "names adopted by or given to individuals, that differ from their birth names," we'll be able to include entries for who knows how many saints, members of religious orders, popes, monarchs, etc. Andrew Sheedy (talk) 16:43, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
    As for "we explicitly disallow multi-word names", it really is not accurate to say that we disallow all multi-word names of people, as per the quoted WT:NSE. Currently included multi-word names of people include Jesus Christ, Alexander the Great, Darwin's Bulldog, Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, Mary Magdalene, Joan of Arc, Robin Hood and more, found in Category:en:Individuals. --Dan Polansky (talk) 10:55, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

academic discipline[edit]

academic + discipline. See also talk:academic institution. Per utramque cavernam 16:35, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Delete as SoP. — SGconlaw (talk) 08:19, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
Delete, SoP. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 23:28, 21 August 2018 (UTC)


We don't have Walmart, Tesco, Walgreens, Hooters or Lidl so why should we have this? --Robbie SWE (talk) 17:14, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

  • "all words in all languages"? SemperBlotto (talk) 04:56, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Not a genericized trademark > delete. Per utramque cavernam 08:14, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete for the reason given by PUC. Don't think WT:BRAND has been satisfied in this case. — SGconlaw (talk) 08:19, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
  • That doesn't alter the fact that I didn't know about Winn-Dixie. Maybe we should include retail chains. Abstain. DonnanZ (talk) 08:33, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete per PUC. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 23:18, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Replace with {{no entry}} and {{in wikipedia}}. DCDuring (talk) 19:21, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete / or Replace, whatever. Fay Freak (talk) 18:47, 22 August 2018 (UTC)
Delete / soft-redirect to Wikipedia, per DCDuring. - -sche (discuss) 20:29, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Abstain. First off, the nomination does not refer to WT:CFI or any CFI-based rationale as formulated; it rather makes some form of extrapolative argument. To amend this, let us assume the nomination refers to WT:CFI#Company names; then, let me point out that the section of CFI has no consensus. That said, I admit that multi-word company names are more liable to deletion than single-word company names. By contrast, I support inclusion of Walmart, Tesco, Walgreens, Hooters and Lidl as company names. --Dan Polansky (talk) 14:26, 16 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep by the fcuk criteria. DTLHS (talk) 16:51, 4 November 2018 (UTC)


I find this heading very confusing. Is the Delete entry actually nominated for deletion? And if so, what is the rationale? Or is the section heading an ill-formatted attempt at requesting deletion of the entries below? This, that and the other (talk) 11:47, 17 September 2018 (UTC)

The original deletion rationale was put under "stop" below. — SGconlaw (talk) 19:33, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep the "key" (on a keyboard) sense in Delete per WT:LEMMING: oxforddictionaries.com:delete:noun[39] has "command or key". I see no WT:CFI-based rationale for deletion: this is not a sum of parts. I see uses like "press Delete", with D capitalized. Furhermore, M-W:backspace[40] has "also : the key pressed ...", and "backspace" is similar. The rationales for deletion found in Talk:eject are unconvincing to me; rationales can be found in post by Chuck Entz and Equinox. As for Chuck Entz argument: sure, an eject button could have various functions, but it does have a typical function, and more importantly, there is a sense referring to a button, so existence is not put into question, nor is a sum of parts argument sustained. As for the Equinox argument that says '... the word is better read as a verb than as a noun meaning "the kind of button that this button is': the word behaves like a noun, a complement of the verb "press" ("press Delete"), and therefore can hardly be understood as a verb. On yet another note, more for eject: "press eject" does not necessarily mean "press a button labeled 'eject'" as there can be a symbol rather than a word; "press eject" is to be read as "press the button that is indicated to perform ejection, whether by word, a symbol or other means". --Dan Polansky (talk) 09:18, 7 October 2018 (UTC)

fast forward[edit]

  • Keep Cambridge Advanced Learner's has it. One can find uses like (He set the fast forward to 2x but quickly realized that wouldn't fit his time frame.) —This unsigned comment was added by DCDuring (talkcontribs) at 02:51, 18 August 2018‎.
Yes, keep, Oxford has it too. DonnanZ (talk) 19:30, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
In that case, are you suggesting that we keep all the noun button senses? If not, we need some sort of way of distinguishing between those that should be kept and those that shouldn't, and right now I'm not seeing one. Note that, in theory, every key on a keyboard and every button on a device could have a noun sense (for example, "She hit the H on the keyboard repeatedly" – does that mean we should add the noun sense "A key on a keyboard that produces the letter h or H when pressed"?). — SGconlaw (talk) 16:59, 19 August 2018 (UTC)
I looked at some of the others and did not find clear use as a noun for them. IOW, I used citations of collocations like '(PREP) DET rewind(s)' to determine noun use. I thought that attributive use (eg, play button) did not by itself justify calling it a noun. As much as I sympathize with the desire to simplify by going after classes of words, I think that individual words are normally the units to be included or excluded. DCDuring (talk) 21:43, 19 August 2018 (UTC)
@DCDuring: I don't think this is really a situation of verifying individual terms. I have no doubt that the terms are verifiable. It is more like our "Wiktionary:Criteria for inclusion#Numbers, numerals, and ordinals" policy. In that case, we decided that, as a matter of policy, "[n]umbers, numerals, and ordinals over 100 that are not single words or are sequences of digits should not be included in the dictionary, unless the number, numeral, or ordinal in question has a separate idiomatic sense that meets the CFI". Similarly, is it desirable for us to create a noun sense for any word that might conceivably be the label for a key on a keyboard or button on a device? I don't think so. (Note that fast forward has a separate verb sense which is not challenged.) — SGconlaw (talk) 07:40, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
The attestation would be of noun use with the definition in question, using grammatical tests: does it form a plural, accept modification by determiners, serve as a subject and an object of a verb and as an object of a preposition. I don't think it's necessary to do an RfV, but such attestation provides a fact base for decision-making. If you believe that our past practice of doing such attestation and grammatical testing (eg, for adjective PoS) is wrong in this and similar cases, it might be worth bringing it up at BP.DCDuring (talk) 17:20, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
I'm not saying that noun use doesn't exist. I agree it does. My point is that we should decide as a matter of policy whether, despite such a sense existing, we should be including such usage in the Wiktionary. Potentially every key in a keyboard and every button on a device could be used in a noun sense (e.g, H: "A key on a keyboard producing an h or H when pressed"; start: "A button on a machine that causes it to begin operating when pressed"). That doesn't mean we should then add such senses to the Wiktionary, just as we decided that we would exclude:
  • numbers above 100 lacking any other idiomatic sense; and
  • senses along the line of "an occurrence of the word [word]" (see, for example, "Talk:selah"), because potentially any word can be used in this way.
SGconlaw (talk) 18:02, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
  • I think we need to make a distinction between a fast-forward mode and the fast-forward button. "He set the fast forward to 2x" can only refer to the mode, not the button. Chuck Entz (talk) 04:02, 22 August 2018 (UTC)
    • I agree that the mode should be listed as a noun sense. — SGconlaw (talk) 03:58, 23 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep the button sense of fast forward per WT:LEMMING: oxforddictionaries.com#1 has "control"[41] and Macmillan#1 has "button"[42]. Also, "press fast forward" does not seem to be sum of parts; which parts? --Dan Polansky (talk) 08:51, 7 October 2018 (UTC)


  • Abstain. Unlike other key or button senses, e.g. for pause, this is not in lemmings, it seems: fire at OneLook Dictionary Search. Furthermore, google books:"press fire to" finds only two uses that show the scan and that I can inspect; if there were more of them, I would be more inclined to keep. --Dan Polansky (talk) 09:39, 7 October 2018 (UTC)


  • Keep the button sense of play since there is no WT:CFI-based rationale for deletion and since lemmings (WT:LEMMING) have buttons or controls for stop, pause and rewind. Admittedly, lemmings do not seem to have a button or control sense for play: play at OneLook Dictionary Search. --Dan Polansky (talk) 09:03, 7 October 2018 (UTC)

pause, Pause[edit]

  • Keep the button sense of pause per WT:LEMMING: Macmillan#3[43] has button; oxforddictionaries.com:noun#1.2[44] has "control". Do not see how this is a sum of parts; I see not CFI-based rationale for deletion. --Dan Polansky (talk) 08:56, 7 October 2018 (UTC)


  • Keep per rewind at OneLook Dictionary Search and usage like Without even glancing at the paper, I jammed it into my pocket and hit the rewind. —This unsigned comment was added by DCDuring (talkcontribs) at 03:03, 18 August 2018‎.
  • Keep the button sense of rewind per DCDuring and WT:LEMMING, although some lemmings do not have button but mechanism; Macmillan[45] has button. The example "press rewind" does not seem to be sum of parts; which parts? --Dan Polansky (talk) 08:29, 7 October 2018 (UTC)


Following the deletion of the noun sense of eject which is merely the label of a button on a device, I nominate these co-ordinate entries or noun senses for similar treatment. Please feel free to add other entries, if any. — SGconlaw (talk) 18:09, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Delete all per multiple previous discussions. Equinox 11:19, 20 August 2018 (UTC)
Delete all (see Talk:eject for rationales). - -sche (discuss) 04:56, 2 September 2018 (UTC)


Another button. "A button (of a joypad, joystick or similar device) whose only or main current function is that when it is pressed causes a video game character to crouch." I've never heard of a device with a designated crouch button on it, so this would purely be something defined by individual games. Equinox 17:58, 26 August 2018 (UTC)

Inclusion of button symbols[edit]

Comment: Would the symbols (the square, the two triangles, etc.) merit inclusion? Purplebackpack89 03:10, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

Just putting your comment into a new subsection to keep it separate from the deletion discussion. — SGconlaw (talk) 03:15, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

Keep all that are attestable. There may be quite a lot of them, but unlike numbers there is not an infinite number of buttons. But to me, "hit the delete" is a commonly heard phrase, and delete here is clearly a noun, and the sense is simply not covered by the verb definitions (though separate entries for capitalised forms seems unnecessary to me: even though most keyboards conventionally spell them that way, I believe this is just a case of using title case as though the labels are the first word in a vocative sentence). Also, these real-world referents will never have entries such as "tab key" or "delete button" in Wiktionary since such are SOP, so they'd never get in. Yet we frequently refer to these keys, so defs for their names seem useful as they are part of the language. - Sonofcawdrey (talk) 08:47, 5 September 2018 (UTC)

To me, "Hit the delete" hardly makes sense. "Hit delete" makes sense, and though I'm sure many people would write it that way, I wonder whether strictly speaking it is correctly written, or whether strictly speaking "Delete" should be capitalised and/or put in quotes or something. The same goes for various other buttons: "Press play", "Press rewind", "Press eject". If these are accepted as correct usage then all these "button" definitions should be kept in my opinion as the nouns are clearly used in a distinct sense. Common sense, rather than blind adherence to attestation rules, should determine which to include, in my opinion. I do not think we need to be troubled by the "wibble" button which is present on some obscure console just because three people on a gaming site wrote "Press wibble". Mihia (talk) 13:46, 18 September 2018 (UTC)

in someone's wheelhouse[edit]

We have exactly the appropriate sense of wheelhouse, with usage examples of this phrase.

There are other prepositions that can be used with this figurative sense of wheelhouse (outside, out of, within, into, (right) up, from) and it can be used with PPs using of (this subject fell squarely in the wheelhouse of Congress)

This and some of the other PP's might make good redirects, especially to the specific definition, though the search engine alone would find the wheelhouse entry.

I rest my case. DCDuring (talk) 18:34, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

fire (Interjection 1)[edit]

Rfd-redundant: "A cry of distress indicating that something is on fire, or that there is a fire"

AFAICT it is only relative frequency grounds that distinguish this from, say, shark#Interjection or grenade#Interjection or gun#Interjection (none of which have such a definition. DCDuring (talk) 19:12, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Weak delete per nom; I'm open to reconsidering if there are more idiomatic translations (would the French yell "ours!" or "au ours!" if they spot a bear?) or other arguments for keeping. DCDuring makes a compelling point that you can do this with many words for threats; US police semi-notoriously yell "gun!" anytime they spot something that could be a gun, people yell "bomb!" if they spot a bomb, "bear!" if they spot a bear, etc. But then, isn't sense 2 in the same boat? You yell "fire!" to command people to fire, like you yell "halt" to command them to halt, or yell "go", or in these very discussions "keep" or "delete". Hmm... - -sche (discuss) 05:03, 2 September 2018 (UTC)
@-sche: au ours doesn't work phonetically, it would be à l'ours :p. But no, neither "ours !" or "à l'ours !" is used; I'd say "attention, un ours !" or something like that.
And I wouldn't say "bombe !" / "à la bombe !" or "fusil !" / "au fusil !" either. It's not productive in French. Per utramque cavernam 11:11, 3 September 2018 (UTC)


Rfd-redundant interjection sense 2 ("A signal to shoot") -- this is just verb sense 6 being used in the imperative, not a separate interjection Pppery (talk) 19:25, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

Moved this from above. Per utramque cavernam 11:25, 5 September 2018 (UTC)

I cannot see any basis on which this particular imperative should have a separate entry. It could be "Run!", "Jump!", "Stop!", "Duck!" or anything. There seems nothing special about "Fire!". Therefore delete. Mihia (talk) 21:40, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
Weak delete per Mihia. - -sche (discuss) 20
11, 5 October 2018 (UTC)

semantic relation[edit]

A relation that is semantic, isn't it? DCDuring (talk) 21:10, 19 August 2018 (UTC)

  • Keep. I usually call these "sense relations", but "semantic relations" seems to be a synonym. But, neither term refers to any relationship that is semantic in nature, for exmaple break and broken are semantically related, but their relationship is not one of the "sense relations" which are a restricted set (the -nymys). That's how the term is used in linguistics, anyhow.- Sonofcawdrey (talk) 08:54, 5 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep per Sonofcawdrey. Let me add that the Hyponyms section (inaccurately so called) further reinforces the meaning of the term to the reader, and thereby fills a dictionary function. --Dan Polansky (talk) 12:56, 23 September 2018 (UTC)

stop to think[edit]

IMO pretty transparent and should therefore not have an entry. --Robbie SWE (talk) 06:26, 21 August 2018 (UTC)

Delete. It's not an accurate definition, and it's SoP. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 23:23, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
Delete per StMin. Equinox 23:25, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
Delete per PUC. - -sche (discuss) 05:09, 2 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep: We don't say it in Czech, and therefore it is general:idiomatic, while not enwikt:idiomatic. Furthermore, it is ambiguous (does it mean "stop thinking?"), and is in Merriam-Webster[48] (WT:LEMMING), which marks it as an idiom. The reader better off with the entry. The definition is somewhat inaccurate, it seems, and could be fixed along MW lines. stop to ponder and stop to consider result from synonymous replacements, and such is expected to work. --Dan Polansky (talk) 12:28, 23 September 2018 (UTC)
    I don't think it's ambiguous. Verb + to-infinitive and verb + ing-form generally have different meanings in English (compare the difference between "I regret doing something" and "I regret to inform you"). "I stopped to V" means "I stopped doing something else so that I could V", not "I stopped Ving". As a side note, the definition doesn't seem quite right to me either—"stop to think" doesn't mean "consider" but rather "stop to consider something". —Granger (talk · contribs) 13:29, 23 September 2018 (UTC)
    Thank you, my mistake about the ambiguity. Out of curiosity, I checked stop to work, stop working at Google Ngram Viewer. The other points stand, I think. --Dan Polansky (talk) 13:56, 23 September 2018 (UTC)
    The M-W definition is "to take a moment to think about something", which seems pretty close to SOP to me. The phrase "stop to consider" can be used with roughly the same meaning as "stop to think" (though of course "consider", being transitive, requires an object). "Stop to ponder" sounds slightly less normal to me, but I think that's because of the meaning of "ponder", which implies slow, drawn-out thinking. The fact that you don't say it in Czech is interesting, but the phrase still seems SOP to me, especially when I stop to consider the example of "stop to consider". Delete. —Granger (talk · contribs) 14:11, 23 September 2018 (UTC)

wild animal[edit]

wild + animal? Per utramque cavernam 11:37, 22 August 2018 (UTC)

  • Delete, --Robbie SWE (talk) 18:35, 22 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete. The translations are also SOP or ellipses. Fay Freak (talk) 18:47, 22 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Sum of parts. Delete. ---> Tooironic (talk) 00:29, 23 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep as a translation target. There are a lot of translations there that are monomorphemic. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 03:42, 1 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep per WT:THUB. Thanks to Metaknowledge for pointing that out. The cases: Latin fera, Portuguese fera, Spanish fiera. --Dan Polansky (talk) 20:14, 5 October 2018 (UTC)

See also Wiktionary:Requests_for_deletion/Non-English#animale_selvatico. Per utramque cavernam 10:28, 4 November 2018 (UTC)

address using the formal pronoun[edit]

This reminds me of the recent discussion about teacher's desk in a classroom; do we allow that kind of titles for translation hubs?

Anyway, I think we can use you and thou (the verb sections) instead. Per utramque cavernam 16:36, 25 August 2018 (UTC)

The verb entry at you is a good place for this, and anyway already has more translations. No reason to keep this, so move whatever translations necessary over to you (verb) and delete.
It admittedly is complicated by the fact that "you" is both formal and informal in English now, but I don't think that is a reason not to use this attestable verb form as the translation hub instead of this wordy entry. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 18:49, 25 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete. The content looks fine, but it needs to go under an entry title that people would actually search for. ---> Tooironic (talk) 00:46, 26 August 2018 (UTC)

I would search for like vouvoyer and hope to find a link... I bet nobody has said you#verb for 200 years 01:10, 26 August 2018 (UTC)

Hmm, that's a good point. Whatever we do, entries like vouvoyer and ustedear should link to the entry that houses all the translations. My inclination is to delete this entry and centralize the translations at you, though I'm open to hearing arguments for why we should have this translation hub instead. —Granger (talk · contribs) 14:31, 26 August 2018 (UTC)
Delete, after moving any useful content. Update entries in other languages to link to you#Verb, per Granger. - -sche (discuss) 05:12, 2 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep until someone shows that you as a verb has attesting quotations and is actually used. I checked M-W and AHD online and they did not have "you" in a verb sense. I am sorry if the use of you as a verb is very obvious to native speakers; to me, it is not. I checked youing,youed at Google Ngram Viewer and there "youed" is not found at all while Czech vykal, past tense of vykat, is easily and plentifully attested. A related RFM discussion is at Talk:address with the polite V-form, where Angr (now Mahagaja) says "I think English really doesn't have a word for this, even when talking about other languages". If it is true that you (verb) is attested and is obsolete, I doubt we are doing a service to the reader by using that as the translation hub. A relevant article is W:T–V distinction. --Dan Polansky (talk) 12:49, 6 October 2018 (UTC)


Adjective sense 1: "Made of brick(s)"; a brick chimney, a brick wall. Standard attributive use of the noun. Per utramque cavernam 08:32, 26 August 2018 (UTC)

Agreed, delete that sense (or refer users to the noun), leaving the "extremely cold" sense. The translations can be moved to the noun. DonnanZ (talk) 09:46, 26 August 2018 (UTC)
Delete sense. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 14:25, 26 August 2018 (UTC)
Comment. I think these "substance" words are among the most difficult to judge. Collins Dictionary gives adjective senses "built or paved with brick" and "like brick", but it seems to contradict itself as it also gives "a brick house" as an example of noun modifier use. American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language lists an adjective sense but gives no definition or examples. Chambers Dictionary is perhaps the clearest: "adj 1 made of brick or of bricks • a brick wall. 2 (also brick-red) having the dull brownish-red colour of ordinary bricks." Several other dictionaries that I looked at do not list a separate adjective sense. For my part, I wonder how e.g. "this house is brick" is explained if "brick" is not an adjective. Mihia (talk) 20:15, 3 September 2018 (UTC)
I'd say "brick" is definitely an adjective in "this house is brick" (in which case the section should be kept and completed), but is that sentence grammatical? Per utramque cavernam 20:20, 3 September 2018 (UTC)
Yes, it's grammatical. Well it certainly is to me, anyway. See also GBS [49].
Not sure I agree. What about "this house is pure brick", or "this house is 18th-century brick"? For me, "this house is brick" seems to be using an uncountable noun. Equinox 22:14, 3 September 2018 (UTC)
If I have some water in a glass, for example, then I can say "this is water". It actually is water. I question whether a house actually is brick in the uncountable noun sense. I think it is of brick, or made of brick, in the uncountable noun sense. However, this can be a hair-splitting point. Mihia (talk) 00:17, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
But you can't say "the glass [of water] is water" (which would the equivalent of "the house is brick"). Maybe "my wedding ring is gold" would be a better example: I don't know how we would choose how to analyse "gold" there, but again because it could be "pure gold", "fake gold", or "18th-century gold" I'd go for the noun. Equinox 00:38, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
I think this is explicable by a conflation of predicate adjectives and grammatical ellipsis. On one hand, we have predicate adjectives: "The wedding ring is gold[en]", "The house is brick[en]." (I've added the endings for clarity.)
On the other hand the semantic content is parsible as "The house is [of] brick", "the wedding ring is [of] gold", with textbook ellipsis allowing us to drop words we don't need, where the terms "brick" and "gold" are part of an understood prepositional phrase. When we say "The house is brick" or "The ring is gold", it seems to me that we are in effect using both of the above syntactic understands, and that the words "gold" and "brick" are simultaneously and ambiguously both adjectives and nouns. The addition of other parts to the sentence (e.g. "The house is pure brick") tips the scale one way or another where it is no longer so ambiguous. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 01:09, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
Does that mean (I'm asking this neutrally, not as a passive-aggressive contradiction) that you would support adjective senses for things like rubidium, polyvinyl chloride, and polyester (lol already got polyester)? Equinox 01:21, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
I believe you are correct that "The ring is gold" is interpretable either as saying the ring is a substance or that the ring is made of a substance. However, I find "The house is brick" harder to interpret in the first way, because of the "more complicated" nature of its construction. Mihia (talk) 11:11, 5 September 2018 (UTC)
Well, you could say: "this glass is water, and this glass is vodka". As for brick, you can say "the houses in her neighborhood are red brick". Here in California, one is more likely to see brick referred to as unreinforced masonry, which is a Very Bad Thing if you're standing next to it during an earthquake. Chuck Entz (talk) 01:19, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
I notice we have an adjective section at fire: "That shit is fire, yo!". Now that I've read Equinox's comments above, I'm not so sure either that or "The house is brick" are sufficient proof that we're dealing with adjectives (could we say "That shit is pure fire, yo!"?). Per utramque cavernam 08:55, 5 September 2018 (UTC)
Delete. Fay Freak (talk) 22:34, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep per WT:LEMMING: brick at OneLook Dictionary Search; as adj in AHD[50], Collins[51]; Mihia tells us above it is in Chambers. On the substance itself, "this house is brick" does not seem to be a noun use to me, whereas "brick wall" appears to be a run-of-the-mill attributive use of a noun. For interest: house is brick, brick house at Google Ngram Viewer. --Dan Polansky (talk) 10:04, 4 November 2018 (UTC)

September 2018[edit]

white supremacist[edit]

Per white supremacy. --Atitarev 01:11, 3 June 2018 (UTC)

Thanks, I was just about to bring that up for discussion myself. :) It seems to be the only "supremacist" term with an entry, besides "brown supremacist" which I mentioned above. - -sche (discuss) 01:40, 3 June 2018 (UTC)
Delete. PseudoSkull (talk) 19:40, 17 June 2018 (UTC)
Delete. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 21:11, 17 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep if white supremacy is kept.  --Lambiam 13:30, 28 June 2018 (UTC) — Motivation: easily attested in durably archived sources since at least 1991 and clearly in widespread use; not SOP, since a white supremacist is not a supremacist who happens to be white. So it meets our CFI.  --Lambiam 08:10, 6 September 2018 (UTC)

Split from the discussion about white supremacy (which can be closed) above: Wiktionary:Requests for deletion/English § white supremacy. This one needs further discussion. Per utramque cavernam 10:45, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

  • Keep - definitely an idiom that is notable and in use in modern English, lots of supporting quotes in various media. The terms "brown supremacist" or "yellow supremacist" or "blue supremacist" would fail due to lack of use and lack of notability. The idiom "white supremacy" is the ideology and "white supremacist" is the individual(s) that subscribe to the ideology. IQ125 (talk) 13:27, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep per WT:LEMMING via multiple lemmings[52] including M-W[53]. --Dan Polansky (talk) 20:25, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep of increasing usage in current political discourse Tsumikiria (T/C) 23:08, 4 November 2018 (UTC)

lapse rate[edit]

NISOP: lapse [sense 6] + rate, as per the previously-deleted mortality rate. -Stelio (talk) 07:54, 5 September 2018 (UTC)

defined benefit pension plan[edit]

NISOP: defined benefit + pension + plan. -Stelio (talk) 09:51, 5 September 2018 (UTC)

Delete, SOP. Per utramque cavernam 10:37, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

defined benefit pension scheme[edit]

NISOP: defined benefit + pension + scheme. -Stelio (talk) 09:52, 5 September 2018 (UTC)

Delete, SOP. Per utramque cavernam 10:37, 10 November 2018 (UTC)


Following on a similar discussion at Wiktionary:Tea_room/2018/September#tiru, determining that that term is not English, I would like to nominate the entry at mahā#English for deletion, on the grounds that this is also "clearly never productive in English", and is also not English. There was considerable discussion about this term in the past, as recorded at Talk:mahā. Said discussion included a refutation of the various citations intended to support the validity of the term's English-ness listed at Citations:mahā#English_citations_of_mahā, pointing out that none of the provided citations actually supports that position.

Looking forward to a thoughtful and reasoned discussion. ‑‑ Eiríkr Útlendi │Tala við mig 16:35, 5 September 2018 (UTC)

I've already perused the mahā talk page several times in the past, and I'll issue a tentative delete: just as I do not believe osthya to be an English word, I don't believe this to be an English word. But we'll see.
The problem is that (in my view) quotations such as "All are classed among the eighteen mahā or ‘great’ purāṇas." or "hence in spite of its labio-dentality, it came to be listed as an oṣṭhya sound." are useless for our purposes: they cannot be used to attest the words in English, nor can they really be used to attest the words in Sanskrit. They simply aren't quality quotes / good for anything. Per utramque cavernam 16:55, 5 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete the adjective. Abstain on the noun sense. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 19:04, 10 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep in some form. This is a word that appears in print often enough that a reader may want to learn what it actually means. There are a small but concrete number of instances of this word appearing in English running text which are presented without italics or other formatting to distinguish it as a word in a different language. We should not delete words based on catch-22 reasoning, which seems to presume that words are bad, and should be eliminated from the dictionary if we can find a technical reason to justify their removal. Rather, we should consider how we can help readers define words they may reasonably come across. bd2412 T 13:23, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
I have no judgment on words being "good" or "bad", that is entirely beside the point.
I am also not pushing to "eliminate" words from Wiktionary. I am much more concerned with accurate description.
As stated before, I am fine with the existence of an entry at [[mahā]]. What I am nominating for deletion is [[mahā#English]], and as noted at [[Talk:mahā]], those (exceedingly few) instances of mahā in running text without any gloss or special formatting are also in works that treat a broad array of Buddhist- or yoga-related terminology the same way: essentially as untranslated Sanskrit sprinkled through the body of the text. If inclusion in an otherwise English sentence, without regard for context or domain, is our only criterion for "English-ness", then it follows that we must also create English entries for ... a truly vast array of terms, so many that the significance of the "English" language label would be severely diluted. That, I argue, would do our readers more of a disservice. ‑‑ Eiríkr Útlendi │Tala við mig 19:10, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
I would welcome your proposal of what form this entry should take, if [[mahā#English]] (which is currently the entire entry) is removed. bd2412 T 19:51, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
In the past, the idea was floated (perhaps even by you?) to have romanized Sanskrit entries. I still support this option, as we also currently have for Gothic, Japanese, and Chinese (and perhaps others too). ‑‑ Eiríkr Útlendi │Tala við mig 20:20, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
It was. I am not opposed to having this presented as something other than an English term. My concern is that different groups of editors will oppose different solutions, so that the end result is no solution, and the benefit to the reader of knowing what "mahā" means will be lost. I would prefer a process to determine how it should be included, rather than one which risks excluding an attested term from the dictionary entirely. bd2412 T 00:51, 12 September 2018 (UTC)
FWIW, I don't share the assumption that there must be an entry here if this string appears in print. Even a remit as broad as "all words in all languages" is not "all representations of all words or portions of words". There are enough works on German and its dialects that contain blocks of text transcribed in IPA or even other pronunciation systems that I could probably "cite" words like zaɪn or diː or ʃə, but I don't think we need an entry at [[zaɪn]] or [[diː]] or [[ʃə]]; the entries at [[sein]] and [[die]] and [[-sche]] cover the words as they exist in the language to which they belong. In this case, it's arguable (there is a case to be made) that there should be (soft) redirects of sorts at romanizations for Sanskrit as there are for Gothic, but I don't share what seems to be the underlying assumption. - -sche (discuss) 01:22, 12 September 2018 (UTC)
You say, "I don't share what seems to be the underlying assumption." Could you unpack that? What underlying assumption? (Honest question, I feel a bit confused and am seeking clarity.) ‑‑ Eiríkr Útlendi │Tala við mig 04:07, 12 September 2018 (UTC)
(I hope this doesn't sound curt,) Would it clarify things if I said the clause you quote, from the last sentence of my comment, is merely restating my first sentence? The assumption I'm referring to is the assumption (embedded in bd's comment about "what form this entry should take") that there should be an entry at this title because (quoting again) "this is a word that appears in print often enough". - -sche (discuss) 04:47, 12 September 2018 (UTC)
@-sche I feel that you have either misunderstood or misrepresented my position. I have been consistent in opposing the inclusion of neologisms and brand names even where these appear in print "often enough". In this case, the term in question not only appears in print often enough, but has for a long time, as a freestanding word (not just a particle of another word), perhaps having a meaning unique in some subtle sense to this specific presentation of the word. bd2412 T 19:19, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
Delete the adjective as it stands, or (if kept at RFD) send to RFV to seek better citations, as every one currently under the adjective section is inadmissable: under the first sense the 1980 and 2014 Shiva cites clearly set it off as a foreign language term, the 2012 cite doesn't use this spelling (in addition to other problems), the 2013 cite doesn't seem to be an adjective (in addition to other concerns), the 2014 Mohr cite is clearly a mention of a foreign language term and not a use, and not even a mention of this adjective but rather of a prefix with a hyphen; the cites under the second adjective sense suffer similar problems. It is also very questionable to use even a valid use of a compound word as an argument that its elements are also independently English; as I wrote recently in the Tea Room, the ability to say "I visited Bad Kreuznach and Bad Kissingen" doesn't in and of itself make "Bad" an English word meaning "spa" (although someone may now seek out better citations which do). Use in collocations that aren't viewable as wholesale borrowings/transliterations, e.g. "a mahā leader", "the mahā teachings of the ascetics", would be more convincing evidence of the existence of "mahā" as an English word. It is concievable that the string might exist as an English word the way e.g. verboten does, but it would need to be demonstrated. Abstain for now on the noun. Some investigation should be done to determine if the noun (or adjective) is more commonly spelled maha. - -sche (discuss) 19:47, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
@-sche, @Μετάknowledge: regarding the noun form, we currently only have one citation given for the purported noun sense, from the work Luminous Essence: A Guide to the Guhyagarbha Tantra. As can be seen here, if Google Books search is working correctly, the term mahā only appears five times in this whole book, in three separate sentences (formatting kept as in the original):
  • This is also the reasoning behind the subdivisions of the Nyingma School's mantra scriptures, such as the classification of mahāyoga into three parts, starting with the mahā of mahā. -- page 3
  • The Tantra of the Secret Essence is the ati of mahā, which is the same as the mahā of ati in terms of the three divisions of the great perfection. -- page 5
  • The liberating paths of the supramundane vehicles explained above can also be classified into nine vehicles: the three vehicles that guide through renunciation (the vehicles of the listeners, self-realized buddhas, and bodhisattvas), the three vehicles of Vedic austerities (krīya, ubhaya, and yoga), and the three vehicles of mastery in means (mahā, anu, and ati). -- page 23
The book's topic appears to be esoteric Tibetan Buddhism. No definitions are given anywhere for the terms mahā, ati, anu, krīya, or ubhaya. Yoga I only know as the common exercise practice of stretching and controlling one's breathing and posture; if it has any other meaning in this book, that is wholly lost on me. I would argue that these terms are untranslated Sanskrit, used on the assumption that the intended audience is sufficiently familiar with the Sanskrit terminology.
Considering the overall context of the work -- the subject matter, the intended audience, usage of other esoteric terms -- I would argue that this work is using untranslated Sanskrit as Sanskrit and not as English, and that this is thus not a useful citation to show use of an English term. And without this one citation, we have no citations at all for the noun sense, and should therefore strike that from the EN entry. ‑‑ Eiríkr Útlendi │Tala við mig 20:20, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
If that's the case, I recommend you RFV the noun sense. By the way, I also support romanisation soft redirects for Sanskrit. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 22:17, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

yell silently[edit]

The first deletion request was inconclusive. SOP. Per utramque cavernam 10:46, 9 September 2018 (UTC)

Keep, per msh in Talk:yell silently: "I assumed on seeing the nomination that the phrase meant to quietly talk in a rebuking tone of voice. Bgc does not seem to have it that way: all its hits for the phrase are either for our current definition (to have a strong but unarticulated emotion) or ambiguous. So keep as undecipherable from parts." From my perspective, we do not say this in Czech and I would not know I can say this in English to the effect described in the entry. The fact that this is not literal speech is of note. However, yell silently, yell quietly, scream silently at Google Ngram Viewer gives me a pause: the term seems rather one-off and therefore possibly a non-lexicalized rhetorical construction, in this case oxymoron. screem silently gives less doubt. --Dan Polansky (talk) 12:14, 23 September 2018 (UTC)


I think "fortnight" in "Wednesday fortnight" is either a noun or an adjective, but not an adverb. If it is an adverb, that PoS should be added to "week" Helenpaws (talk) 13:35, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

If evening isn’t an adverb this is neither. It is to be understood as an accusativus mensurae, adverbial accusative Indo-European languages use often for time and space. Sometimes one creates these for Arabic but I tend to do not because it is regular use and not lexical, no kind of conversion has taken place usually. Remove because of the analogy. We could add adverb senses to night etc. else. Also remove in the other day, Friday, Tuesday and everywhere else where it can be spotted. I have been surprised to find that it is found as an adverb sense in Tuesday. Now I find mid-March … oh no. Nobody ascribes adverb quality to März despite German uses the month names without “in” (not “in March 2018” but “März 2018”; and we can also say “den März 2018” though this is usually too much to be said; but point is these all aren’t adverbs lexically). Fay Freak (talk) 21:04, 12 September 2018 (UTC)
If you're making an analogy between "Wednesday fortnight" and "Wednesday night/evening", I see these as rather different. The latter is a night/evening, while the former is not a fortnight. This makes the classification as a noun more straightforward in the latter, in my opinion. Mihia (talk) 18:08, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Not an adverb nor an adjective, delete. I moved the quote. DonnanZ (talk) 23:22, 12 September 2018 (UTC)



Two more keys, along the lines of the rewind etc. buttons discussed recently. We already explain function keys at the F entry. (As a minor point of interest, some keyboards have F0 and/or go higher than F12.) Equinox 20:59, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

  • I looked at F, and it only explains F1. F1 doesn't say much, and F5 doesn't explain what it does, i.e. refresh the page. So there's a lot of missing info anyway. DonnanZ (talk) 23:34, 12 September 2018 (UTC)
What it does is entirely dependent on the particular operating system. DTLHS (talk) 23:35, 12 September 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, not all browsers use F5 to refresh the page, and computers like the BBC Micro had an F5 key before the Web even existed. In many programming tools F5 means run/start the program. We can't hope to "define" all that. Equinox 23:40, 12 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete as non-dictionary material. — SGconlaw (talk) 02:51, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Abstain. DonnanZ (talk) 09:42, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete the sense for the key. I just added a verb sense that should be kept (easily attested by searching "F5ing" on Usenet). —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 06:07, 24 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep: they are not sum of parts, and they are attested in the noun sense challenged, as in "press F1" or "press F5". Admittedly, I don't see them in lemmings, but I see M-W:esc[54] and oxforddictionaries.com:ESC[55], which is a bit similar. As for the documentation at F: if I decided to look this up in a dictionary, I would not go to F. This could be handled by a redirect from F1 to F, but since F1 has other senses as well, that is not an option. --Dan Polansky (talk) 14:10, 7 October 2018 (UTC)
    Why are they not SoP? It's the first function key (F short for function), just like S1E1 is the first episode of the first series. Equinox 14:13, 7 October 2018 (UTC)
    @Equinox: Whether something is SoP depends on what me mean by separate components. The usual standard for "separate components" is space separated, and many also support hyphen-separated. A different standard may be sought for the likes of H2O and H2SO4 (Category:mul:Chemical formulae), and for S1E1. For chemical formulas, we have not yet decided to use a different standard. It is not obvious to me that a different standard should be applied to F1. There is 3D, three-dimensional. We have Q1, the first quarter of the year. It seems we do apply a different standard of "separate components" for 3476, a decimal numeral--decimal numerals form an open-ended combinatorial system with very large number of items--but that is not so clear since we have a separate rule covering them: WT:CFI#Numbers, numerals, and ordinals. I'll grant that whether F1 is SoP is open to discussion. --Dan Polansky (talk) 07:05, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

high speed, low drag[edit]

Sum of parts. Adjective sense defined as if it were a noun. Adverb defined as if it were some sort of verb.SemperBlotto (talk) 19:48, 13 September 2018 (UTC)

Fixed that, sorry ... I haven't written a definition for an entry that wasn't a noun in quite a while, perhaps ever. I will be adding attestation later today when I have a bit more time. Daniel Case (talk) 19:58, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
As for SOP ... that might be true in aviation, but as the attestations I've now added should make clear, it has an idiomatic, metaphorical meaning that would not be obvious just from those component words. Daniel Case (talk) 17:54, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

tram route[edit]

Looks like tram route to me. Also, bus route might wanna follow suit --XY3999 (talk) 15:02, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

I would keep it as a transport-related subject. DonnanZ (talk) 19:34, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
I'm not sure why it being a transport-related subject makes it any more dictionary-worthy. Delete. Andrew Sheedy (talk) 02:51, 16 September 2018 (UTC)
Would you also keep "The history of trams in the UK during the 20th century"? That's also a transport-related subject (see if you can find that in the OED...). Chuck Entz (talk) 03:22, 16 September 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, I would if I had it, I have a few tramway books like "Hammersmith and Hounslow Tramways" (try finding that), and a tram route a few miles away at Wimbledon. I rewrote the definition, I hope it reads better. DonnanZ (talk) 09:35, 16 September 2018 (UTC)
Delete NISoP: A route for trams. DCDuring (talk) 15:56, 17 September 2018 (UTC)
Delete: hard to see what else this would mean. If it were a full sentence then perhaps it would be good for a travellers' phrasebook. Equinox 20:42, 17 September 2018 (UTC)
  • So this user (with a name like a car number plate) thinks he's doing everyone a favour by nominating this for deletion? Poppycock. DonnanZ (talk) 11:08, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
  • This feels similar to a COALMINE situation: where we accept one term (e.g. tramway, US English) we should accept alternate forms of that term (tram route, British English). The alternative (without losing information) would be a usage note on tramway, I guess? -Stelio (talk) 12:00, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete. Nothing more than "tram" + "route". Mihia (talk) 13:55, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep. The requisite sense of route collocates only with few nouns, it seems, especially bus route and tram route, and I think our readers are better off with our having both. We have bus stop and so has M-W (bus stop at OneLook Dictionary Search), but this could be free-variabled (Talk:free variable)deleted by having the right definition at stop and claiming bus stop and tram stop to be sum of parts. Wikidata: tram line (Q15145593); perhaps someone will be able to find the kind of translations there that could support WT:THUB. I wonder whether our users will have to use a combination of Wiktionary and Wikidata for translation purposes; Wikidata keeps all sorts of sum of parts entries with translations into multiple languages. Correction: Neither tram route nor bus stop seem to really be Talk:free variable cases; I take that back. --Dan Polansky (talk) 08:39, 29 September 2018 (UTC)
It seems to me that in fact many words can designate a type of route, and hence collocate with "route". In a few minutes I came up with: cycle route, pedestrian route, HGV route, lorry route, shipping route, taxi route, coach route, ferry route, passenger route, freight route, air route, sea route, canal route, ski route, caravan route, ice-cream van route, trolley-bus route, hovercraft route. I don't see what's special about "tram route". Mihia (talk) 16:59, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
Most of these are not of the requisite sense of route: "A regular itinerary of stops, or the path followed between these stops, such as for delivery or passenger transportation". One intuitive reason why I may desire to keep bus route and tram route is that they reinforce the separate sense of route, which does not apply to "cycle route" and "ski route"; it is the sense that has line as a synonym, and for which I would usually expect there to be a timetable, and which could alternatively be defined not as an "itinerary" but rather as an "operation", the way Wikidata defines "line"[56] as a "regular operation of a particular path for a type of transportation". --Dan Polansky (talk) 13:42, 7 October 2018 (UTC)
So? That's just a semantic limitation of the sense- there aren't that many things that have that kind of route. If there were a sleigh pulled by unicorns that made regular stops to pick up passengers, there would be no problem referring to a "unicorn-sleigh route". Should we have an entry for see a bet because it doesn't use a more common sense as in "see a rainbow" or "see a patient", and you can't use it for something like a donation? Chuck Entz (talk) 15:07, 7 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete. Fay Freak (talk) 22:34, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete, SOP. Per utramque cavernam 15:34, 17 October 2018 (UTC)


Delete. Chinese given names can be virtually any combination of characters among tens of thousands. ---> Tooironic (talk) 13:09, 18 September 2018 (UTC)

So find 3 independent uses? 15:22, 21 September 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, this seems like an RFV issue, since unlike with hyphenated last names, there's no way for the average English speaker to know to break it apart into syllables, or to know that it's a first name rather than e.g. a last name, or that it's apparently a female first name.
With names, there is some unclarity about whether a text that mentions Chinese-speaking person with this name is using it as an ==English== name or not. Still, I would say keep at RFD; RFV if existence is in doubt. - -sche (discuss) 04:22, 30 September 2018 (UTC)

moving unit[edit]

Doesn't seem to be a particular term of art, or set phrase -- just fairly random SoP? Equinox 20:15, 26 September 2018 (UTC)

Originally imported from somewhere in 2006. DonnanZ (talk) 23:05, 26 September 2018 (UTC)
Compare this and this. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:47, 27 September 2018 (UTC)
Delete. From the "definition" given it seems to be a unit that is actually or potentially moving. If it means something more specific that would require citations, which are not present. DCDuring (talk) 04:36, 27 September 2018 (UTC)
Not very promising, all OneLook refs redirect to motion, this in wiksearch doesn't mean anything specific. DonnanZ (talk) 09:27, 27 September 2018 (UTC)
Delete. The def portion "A unit of measurement in motion" does not even make sense: a moving kilojoule? Or moving bar that the French used to define meter? The rest, "such as moving crowd or the moving parts of a machine", seems SOP. --Dan Polansky (talk) 15:24, 29 September 2018 (UTC)
Comment. I do not understand the definition either. If this is perchance discovered to be a valid term, then the definition needs rewriting so as to be intelligible. Mihia (talk) 17:35, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
It looks to me like the creator had a concept in mind, but couldn't think of a word for it: the smallest moving part, the basic, indivisible unit of movement when analyzed as a system, like the word in a sentence or an atom in physics before subatomic particles were added to the model. If it were an area of linguistics, we would call it a "motion-eme". The fatal flaw of this entry is that this is a concept, not a term, and if there is such a term, this isn't it.
Delete for being incomprehensible so far. Fay Freak (talk) 22:22, 6 October 2018 (UTC)

how many[edit]

The second sense under the Pronoun L2 seems duplicative of the determiner sense claimed to be a translation hub. DCDuring (talk) 04:19, 27 September 2018 (UTC)

Do you want to remove it completely or can it be turned into a translation hub? I think the translations are the same. 05:47, 27 September 2018 (UTC)

bus route[edit]

Previously kept (in 2010, with a sigh). Still shit --XY3999 (talk) 15:04, 28 September 2018 (UTC)

They're very handy (hardly shit), I travelled on two today. It's a translation target, keep. DonnanZ (talk) 16:44, 28 September 2018 (UTC)
WF is talking about the entry, you're talking about the thing the term refers to (at least in your first sentence). I took Metro bus line 4 in downtown Los Angeles yesterday, but I wouldn't want to have a dictionary entry for it. Chuck Entz (talk) 19:00, 28 September 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, I knew that, a typical WF comment; I wouldn't have entries for individual bus routes either, that's Wikipedia material (if you're lucky). DonnanZ (talk) 22:11, 28 September 2018 (UTC)
Keep per WT:COALMINE via busroute: [57], [58], [59]; bus route,busroute at Google Ngram Viewer. More, written before I found coalmine: With the help of translations entered in Wikidata's bus route (Q3240003), perhaps someone would be able to find the kind of translations that support WT:THUB. A similar entry is tram route, also in RFD. bus route at OneLook Dictionary Search does not find the kind of dictionaries required by WT:LEMMING. M-W has bus line[60]; is bus line a synonym of bus route? I guess an indirect lemming card could be played via M-W:bus line. However, the M-W justification for bus line could have been related to 2b sense, the company, or the 1st sense. --Dan Polansky (talk) 07:57, 29 September 2018 (UTC)
Delete because I don't think you need to know anything beyond 1. knowing what a bus is, and 2. knowing what a route is, in order to understand this phrase. I know Donnanz wants to keep it just because he likes buses/routes. But even so this is phrasebook territory at best. Equinox 02:34, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
From your comment, I gather you're more of a trainspotter, Eq. BTW, what kind of shit phrasebook phrase is "bus route", anyway? --XY3999 (talk) 08:25, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
Delete. It is clearly SOP, and as a translation target can be given in parts. For a phrasebook phrase, "bus stop" is more useful. Kiwima (talk) 20:20, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
That's right, make users work harder. Having a bus stop without a bus route serving it is like having a railway station without a railway. DonnanZ (talk) 17:22, 2 October 2018 (UTC)
Kiwima: Can you please clarify whether your vote has the intent to override WT:CFI's WT:COALMINE (also in WT:CFI#Idiomaticity)? --Dan Polansky (talk) 18:25, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
I am happy to keep if it is put in as an alternative form of busroute, but not as a stand-alone entry with no entry for "busroute". Kiwima (talk) 00:52, 8 October 2018 (UTC)
@Kiwima: But that is not the idea of WT:COALMINE: the idea is to have the more common term as a full entry. --Dan Polansky (talk) 07:21, 13 October 2018 (UTC)
Fair enough, but we need to have busroute as an entry, even if it is the alt form. Kiwima (talk) 09:13, 13 October 2018 (UTC)
@Kiwima: That is not what WT:CFI says. It says "Unidiomatic terms made up of multiple words are included if they are significantly more common than single-word spellings that meet criteria for inclusion". Thus, the single word spelling has to meet WT:CFI, but it does not need an entry; and I showed that to be the case in my first post, by providing three links. Anyway, I went ahead and created busroute. --Dan Polansky (talk) 09:59, 13 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete. Fay Freak (talk) 22:34, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
Keep Ƿidsiþ 07:24, 11 October 2018 (UTC)


If this exists at all, it's a very rare misspelling. Chuck Entz (talk) 18:49, 29 September 2018 (UTC)

Amazing! It took me 20 seconds to work out what was wrong with this word. Maybe one could argue that the presence of an asterisk anywhere in a word is a semantics-neutral "cuss marker". Or maybe we could delete this bullshit. Equinox 19:30, 29 September 2018 (UTC)
Delete Highly obscure misspelling. —Justin (koavf)TCM 19:47, 29 September 2018 (UTC)
Delete, as an asterisk can be used anywhere to indicate omission of letters, and such usage is already noted at *#Punctuation mark. — SGconlaw (talk) 20:58, 29 September 2018 (UTC)
An intentional misspelling? I'm surprised it's not motherf*cker. Delete. DonnanZ (talk) 23:44, 29 September 2018 (UTC)
  • This reminds me of Talk:nigg*r—a bowdlerization where the asterisk is intuitively in the wrong place. But unlike nigg*r, this one exists—examples are easy to find on Usenet [61] [62] [63]. It's certainly a weird spelling, but what's the basis for calling it a misspelling? We have other bowdlerizations such as f*ck, s**thead, and c**t. Is the argument here that a bowdlerization is a misspelling if the offensive root of the word ("fuck" in this case) remains intact? —Granger (talk · contribs) 01:03, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
I would say there is no basis for calling it a misspelling. If one spelled it like this it would be entirely purposeful. DTLHS (talk) 01:05, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
I agree. So, while the current contents of the entry (labelling it a rare misspelling of another asterisked spelling) should be deleted, there should be an entry for this as an alternative spelling, I think... or at least, we seem to generally have such entries, as Granger notes. - -sche (discuss) 04:14, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep in RFD; this is not a misspelling per Granger, DTLHS and -sche. The spelling is intentional. It could be deleted if WT:CFI is changed, and then, f*ck would probably go as well. Weird spellings of a somewhat different sort are in Category:English leet, e.g. n00b. There is no tremendous value in the entry, but it does seem to meet WT:CFI as an alternative spelling, bowdlerized spelling, or the like. --Dan Polansky (talk) 18:22, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Comment. I would say that it is virtually impossible in any given instance to tell whether this is a misspelling or an intentional unexpected positioning of the asterisk. If intentional, it is equally hard to judge the reason. Misunderstanding? Irony? Mihia (talk) 17:39, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
    I would like to say I do not see how this could be an *un*intentional positioning / *mis*spelling, but a guy I knew once tried to say "tell them to 'go bleep yourselves'" while still half-asleep and thus said "tell them to 'bleep fuck yourselves.'" Accidentally censored the wrong word in his own speech. So I suppose anything is possible. EveeD08 (talk) 07:35, 12 October 2018 (UTC)
Assuming it's intentional, then, what do you think might be the reason? Mihia (talk) 23:27, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Delete, too weird. Fay Freak (talk) 20:06, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

October 2018[edit]

vice admiral[edit]

The US-specific sense is not referring to a different kind of officer than the general sense. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 03:29, 1 October 2018 (UTC)

Delete. Per utramque cavernam 10:35, 10 November 2018 (UTC)
Delete sense 2. Entries of this type seem to gather an awful load of cruft. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 09:42, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

genotype frequency[edit]

The frequency of a (certain) genotype. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 22:43, 1 October 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia also has two definitions of this, which I think mean the same thing. Qualified Quantum Mechanic (talk) 18:47, 2 October 2018 (UTC)


Once again the adjective is a noun modifier. I wonder whether these can be moved to the noun without sending them to RFD. As shown in Oxford:

1.3[as modifier] Very bright or fluorescent in colour.
‘she had recently dyed her hair neon pink’
So the definition isn't wrong, it's merely in the wrong place. DonnanZ (talk) 09:14, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
The OED has an adjective section (described as "attributive") - "orig. U.S. Of or resembling a neon light, esp. in being brilliantly coloured; bright, gaudy, glowing." SemperBlotto (talk) 09:17, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
You didn't say what to keep it as. DonnanZ (talk) 17:45, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
As an adjective. Purplebackpack89 21:53, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep as an adjective, in an adjective section; I am talking of the sense "That resembles a neon light; extremely bright; fluorescent". Thus, keep "as is". First, I would rank it as an adjective since that is how it behaves. Let me remind that there are incomparable adjectives, e.g. lumbar. Second, it is entered as an adjective in M-W[64], AHD[65] and Macmillan[66]; OTOH other solution is chosen by oxforddictionaries.com[67], --Dan Polansky (talk) 21:20, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete per previous discussions on similar cases. Per utramque cavernam 15:31, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
@Per utramque cavernam: That's a woefully inadequate identification of reasons located elsewhere. Can you link us to least one such discussion of another case? And was the case really similar in all pertinent regards? --Dan Polansky (talk) 08:44, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep the adjective. I don't exactly like the current definition, but adjectival use seems indicated by the stress pattern in some cases ("And the people bowed and prayed / To the neon god they made"). Perhaps it requires an extra sense like "displayed or consisting of neon light(s)". ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 09:48, 12 November 2018 (UTC)


Interjection sense:

  1. halt! stop!

No more than a verb imperative used in a regular way, similar to "Wait!", "Jump!", "Duck!", "Run!", "Leave!", "Go!", "Sit!", etc. See also the similar thread above pertaining to "fire!". Mihia (talk) 17:54, 6 October 2018 (UTC)

Delete. Equinox 17:59, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete for nominator’s reason. — SGconlaw (talk) 21:11, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete, but I wonder if there is a translingual interjection with this meaning, as it is internationally standardized to be written on traffic signs or more … for which I do not know the letter-casing however. Fay Freak (talk) 22:19, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
Upper case usually. DonnanZ (talk) 23:24, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
I remember seeing it used by a referee in an Olympic wrestling match some years ago where none of the participants were from English-speaking countries. Chuck Entz (talk) 00:30, 7 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete, per all above Leasnam (talk) 23:30, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
Abstain on this one, I don't see any harm in it. But I am interested in stop#Punctuation. Nobody sends telegrams any more, but I do remember it, and as telegrams were in block letters, it appeared as STOP. But it could be merged with the noun. DonnanZ (talk) 09:12, 7 October 2018 (UTC)

map key[edit]

The key of a map. Equinox 18:51, 9 October 2018 (UTC)

Dunno. This would appear to be a descriptive term for legend, and not actually used on maps. Not every map or atlas uses the term legend either. DonnanZ (talk) 08:50, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete, SOP. Per utramque cavernam 10:35, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

chilled speech[edit]

SOP: chill (verb sense #8) + speech. I can find similar phrases like "chilled free speech", "chilled speakers", and "chilled public disclosure". —Granger (talk · contribs) 01:42, 10 October 2018 (UTC)

Keep, see similar at chilling effect. Ruakh (talkcontribs) said this was appropriate and etymologically related. -- Cirt (talk) 01:52, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
You haven't provided a link, so I don't know what Ruakh said, but I don't see how this is anything but SOP. How does it differ from many similar phrases like "chilled speakers" or "chilled free speech" or "chilled the coverage"? The phrase "chilling effect" is a little different because if you don't know the phrase, it's not clear which sense of "chill" it uses. —Granger (talk · contribs) 04:14, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
I guess it refers to Ruakh‘s response here. But whether a collocation is etymologically linked to another collocation is not relevant to questions on its worthiness for inclusion. As to that, the term “chilled words” may mean “icy words” (sense 3 of icy) ([68]; [69]); how is the reader to know that chilled speech is not speech composed of such chilled words? —This unsigned comment was added by Lambiam (talkcontribs).
Apparently the phrase "chilled speech" can be used that way too: Torn within, he presented an impassive face to his interlocutress. His voice seemed to Cicely colder. ... The snow, the grey-white landscape, the approaching shades of evening, chilled speech.Granger (talk · contribs) 11:51, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
Comment This entry has two forms, noun and verb. The question we should ask ourselves is, would our readers be better served with this page deleted, or kept? -- Cirt (talk) 12:16, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
I think everyone will be better off if the verb form is deleted. We also have no verb form for reserved powers, nor should we, even though you can find examples of “use“, like this one, “And an estate tax may apply to property that is not in the decedent's estate, where he reserved powers or benefits in an inter vivos gift.”  --Lambiam 07:06, 11 October 2018 (UTC)
Our readers are better served with the entry kept. I don't see any overriding reason why not to keep. -- Cirt (talk) 11:53, 11 October 2018 (UTC)
Of course you don't- which is why you keep creating this kind of useless crap. Basically, it's an important concept, but so is [being nice to other people, even if you're having a bad day]. It's not the kind of thing people are going to look up: I don't think I've heard anyone actually say this- ever. The main problem is that it duplicates the definitions at chill, so if anyone makes any changes there or here, the two entries are going to be out of sync. There's also the "well, duh!" factor. Having entries with no real content independent of the meaning of their parts makes readers ask "why did you make me waste my time reading this?" You might as well create a page of 17 randomly selected phrases that contain both "the" and "of". It's meaningless filler, and annoying. Chuck Entz (talk) 13:55, 11 October 2018 (UTC)

Comment: chilled speech is not a SOP. It is not a "sum of parts". No one is saying that it means to freeze or cool down speech. It means something different than chill and speech mean separately. It should therefore be kept. -- Cirt (talk) 14:45, 11 October 2018 (UTC)

It's chill verb sense 8, as mentioned at start of this thread. We don't for instance have an entry for "extraterrestrial race" on the grounds that it isn't a sprinting competition. Equinox 14:49, 11 October 2018 (UTC)

Comment: chilled speech -- It's a specific legal term in the law. It would benefit our readers to have a page to learn more about this, and have more citations specific to this particular meaning. -- Cirt (talk) 14:53, 11 October 2018 (UTC)

  • Delete per nom. Cirt, it is a non-idiomatic sum of parts, even if those parts may not be the first definition line on their respective pages. Incidentally, we do not keep terms just because they are legal terms, but it can sometimes be a clue for idiomaticity, and in this case, I note that this term seems to be absent from Black's Law Dictionary, which is the gold standard for legal lexicography in the US. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 17:29, 11 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete per nom. --Robbie SWE (talk) 06:56, 12 October 2018 (UTC)

Please keep the discussion and citation pages for further research in the future. -- Cirt (talk) 19:43, 12 October 2018 (UTC)

Delete per proponent. Per utramque cavernam 15:31, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete. Fay Freak (talk) 20:06, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

frivolous litigation[edit]

SOP: frivolous (sense #3) + litigation. Compare "frivolous lawsuit" and "frivolous suit". —Granger (talk · contribs) 01:40, 10 October 2018 (UTC)

Delete. Equinox 01:45, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
Keep. Compare with vexatious suit, and vexatious action, and vexatious litigation. See also Wikipedia article, at w:Frivolous lawsuit. -- Cirt (talk) 01:50, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
Those entries should probably be deleted too – the fact that we have other SOP terms that no one has spotted yet is not a reason to keep this one. —Granger (talk · contribs) 01:54, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
Can you please point me to the policy page for SOP and deletion? -- Cirt (talk) 01:55, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
WT:SOP. —Granger (talk · contribs) 01:56, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
Thank you! based on the determination of editors that inclusion of the term is likely to be useful to readers. I would argue that having the entry page here is very useful to readers. -- Cirt (talk) 01:58, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete as it looks quite SoP to me, I'm afraid. — SGconlaw (talk) 02:47, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
Comment. I did not find this as a written rule, but shouldn’t definitions (other than non-gloss defs) be the same POS as the term they purport to define? Sense #3 given for frivolous is a noun phrase.  --Lambiam 08:23, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
I think that's a given. — SGconlaw (talk) 10:00, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
Comment What purpose do we serve for our readers with this deleted? Doesn't it serve a useful purpose to keep? -- Cirt (talk) 12:17, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
We simply cannot have entries for all combinations of words that have been recorded. So we do not have entries for lamentable tale or unexpected demise, even though these might, individually, be useful for some readers. We need some criterion for deciding whether to include such combinations, and the current criterion is, essentially, that we do not include combinations whose meanings can be construed from the meanings of their constituent parts. If you want to argue that we should include this specific combination, you need to make the case that it has an unexpected meaning, like, for example, free lunch. Alternatively, you may try to have the criteria for inclusion modified, for which the venue is the Beer parlour.  --Lambiam 17:37, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
We could certainly have this entry kept. And more entries of the like. I'm not seeing any reasons put forth for why not to keep. -- Cirt (talk) 12:01, 11 October 2018 (UTC)
The reason is that it does not fit our criteria for inclusion, the same reason why we do not have entries for big nose or hot meal or a very close friend of mine.  --Lambiam 22:17, 11 October 2018 (UTC)
Please keep the discussion and citation pages for further research in the future. -- Cirt (talk) 19:44, 12 October 2018 (UTC)
Archiving deletion discussions to talk pages is the usual practice in en wikt. --Dan Polansky (talk) 07:15, 13 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep or at least redirect with the use of Talk:free variable reasoning: this is only SOP since a dedicated sense was created in frivolous. The sense is specific to lawsuit/suit/litigation. --Dan Polansky (talk) 07:15, 13 October 2018 (UTC)
    • What is the reasoning for keeping free variable? I see several different rationales proposed, not all of which are applicable here. While "variable" can not be substituted for another term, and synonym for "litigation" can be substituted for that word in this phrase - not just lawsuit or suit, but action, legal action, cause of action, pleading, filing, claim, etc. All of these can be cited. bd2412 T 22:29, 14 October 2018 (UTC)
      • The multitude of the other terms, not all of which are synonyms, is a good point. I wonder why the 3rd sense of frivolous says "(law, said of a lawsuit)". On the other hand, even though the terms are not synonyms, they are all semantically rather close. In frivolous lawsuit,frivolous suit,frivolous claim,frivolous action,frivolous litigation at Google Ngram Viewer, frivolous litigation is currently most common. That said, I admit that maintaining all the phrases as separate entries with definitions is probably an unjustified maintenance burden, so I strike out my keep. I would still prefer a redirect to deletion. --Dan Polansky (talk) 08:20, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
    • That might make sense if we were talking about a single phrase- it's not. The sense in question is used freely in a number of collocations, and not just with exact synonyms. Not only that, but the existence of the phrase frivolously filing shows that the sense isn't even limited to a single part of speech or to a single type of phrase. Chuck Entz (talk) 00:36, 15 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete per proponent. Per utramque cavernam 15:30, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Blatant SOP, but, you know, perhaps there is a case for looking at a "common collocations" category. Ideally it would need an objective way to determine "common" though. Mihia (talk) 23:06, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete. Fay Freak (talk) 20:06, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete the whole lot. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 09:37, 12 November 2018 (UTC)
    • Deleted as I see consensus that this is sum-of-parts. — SGconlaw (talk) 06:15, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

oral mucositis[edit]

Deleted by me as SoP; restored by Wyang as a "valid clinical" something. So is "major depression" but it's clearly SoP unless we get into the nasty legal whatnots of "what, today, in the DSM, is defined as depression", or "what percentage of cream is legally allowed in milk". Equinox 06:52, 14 October 2018 (UTC)

It's a distinct clinical entity by itself, with an ICD-10 code (K12.3). The characteristics, aetiology, diagnosis and evaluation, and treatment are all entirely different for oral mucositis compared with mucositis elsewhere. major depression is not sum of parts; when a patient is diagnosed with “major depression” it isn't just depression that is major ― specific criteria need to be used before such diagnosis can be made. Wyang (talk) 06:58, 14 October 2018 (UTC)
If we accept ICD categories as a reason to keep (never mind the fact that doctors change their minds and their systems all the time), then we must have entries for e.g. ICD-10-CM K12 stomatitis and related lesions, and noninflammatory disorder of vagina, unspecified. If that's not okay, then you need a better "keep" argument. The fact that treatment is different is totally irrelevant because we aren't a medical textbook, we are a dictionary. Equinox 06:59, 14 October 2018 (UTC)
Individual clinical disease entities (not ICD codes) warrant individual entries ― this is the default in medical dictionaries. Patients would say they suffer from oral mucositis, but no one would say they suffer from “stomatitis and related lesions”, or “noninflammatory disorder of vagina, unspecified”. Those are umbrella terms used in ICD classification, and are not disease entities. Similar examples: pyloric stenosis is stenosis of the pylorus, but it's a clinical entity and thus needs to be kept. So are ischaemic colitis, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, premature ejaculation, granulomatosis with polyangiitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia, familial hypercholesterolaemia, membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis, etc. Wyang (talk) 07:09, 14 October 2018 (UTC)
Keep per Wyang. Andrew Sheedy (talk) 01:17, 18 October 2018 (UTC)

throw shade[edit]

This is NISOP. It uses figurative throw and figurative shade. It is not hard to find throw with at least one other sense of shade, eg, in gardening literature. The entry could be a redirect to shade, I suppose. DCDuring (talk) 14:58, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Redirect to shade, and provide throw shade as a usage example. — SGconlaw (talk) 15:07, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
Lemming suggests we keep it (OED added it in 2014). Also, throw is the only verb I have ever seen used with shade in this sense, are there examples of other verbs being used? If not it is a set phrase and should be kept on that account as well. - TheDaveRoss 15:11, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
Keep – although one can also throw doubt, and cast shade has a few uses, this verb–noun combination is idiomatic, IMO, just like cast aspersions. One doesn‘t throw aspersions, that is simply not done.  --Lambiam 19:34, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
Keep per above. For what it's worth, I think the figurative shade entered the vernacular only through throw shade. Ultimateria (talk) 23:53, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
Keep per Ultimateria. Andrew Sheedy (talk) 01:13, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
Keep per Ultimateria and TheDaveRoss, this seems similar to but not the same as the in-a-jiffy test. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 09:35, 12 November 2018 (UTC)


Not a prefix, nor slang as claimed. (And how "no-no" is supposed to fit the definition is anyone's guess.) Equinox 21:43, 18 October 2018 (UTC)

  • Keep, in some form. Remove "slang" label. Mihia (talk) 23:01, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
    It looks to me like the examples are all phrases that are used attributively, with a couple having -er stuck on to the last word as an enclitic (i.e. "[no]+[brain]-->[no-brain]+[-er] / "It [requires] no [use of one's] brain --> "It's a no-brainer"). Either that, or it's a compound. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:18, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
I think one of the issues with this entry is that the examples are a bit of a ragbag of different things. I guess the most common "no-" words are compound modifiers such as in "no-fault divorce" or "no-nonsense approach". To the extent that these are comparable to "low-margin business" or "wide-field camera", it may be seen as a regular feature of the English language rather than a true prefix. On the other hand, there are also the cases like "no-show", "no-ball", "no-op", "no-trumps", which are different in that they are not (only) modifiers, albeit there may be a question about how productive this usage is. "no-brainer" may be different again since there is no such thing as a "brainer" in a relevant sense. "no-no" is obviously misplaced. Mihia (talk) 13:00, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
I shouldn't have said "all", since [[no-no] is probably reduplication of no. "no-ball" are poor examples, because they aren't always hyphenated. As for the others, there's some kind of reduction going on in many of these phrases. In modifier phrases, inflection seems often to be lost: it's not a three-pieces suit or a does-nothing/did-nothing administration. Perhaps something analogous is happening to not. Chuck Entz (talk) 23:55, 19 October 2018 (UTC)


Do we need accentless forms of Brazilian states? Ultimateria (talk) 23:43, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Keep. Why would you delete something that is clearly a word and clearly attested? —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 23:52, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

field meet[edit]

swim meet[edit]

track meet[edit]

Track and field meet has failed RFD; what about these related terms? Are they also sum-of-parts? — SGconlaw (talk) 18:46, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

Yes, delete. Fay Freak (talk) 20:06, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete. Equinox 20:38, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete all SemperBlotto (talk) 06:30, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete, SOP. Per utramque cavernam 10:26, 10 November 2018 (UTC)
Delete them all. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 09:31, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

job market[edit]

SOP. Per utramque cavernam 12:11, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

Nah - I just think the definition's lame. --XY3999 (talk) 21:28, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
How would an improved definition make this any less SOP? We do have labor market, though, and I think job market is basically a synonym.  --Lambiam 05:22, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
Keep, absolutely not SOP based on our current definitions for market, for labour or jobs are not commodities, goods or effects. The use of market for job markets and labour markets of course relates to their undergoing of market mechanisms such as supply and demand. Job market seems less SOP than labour market in this respect, because although employees sell their labour to employers, employers do not sell their jobs to employees (nor buy them from) in the same sense (in a different sense, that would be soliciting bribes). ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 09:29, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

animal rights activist[edit]

Sum of Parts. Yurivict (talk) 21:26, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

Trans hub (WT:CFI#Translation hubs, WT:Glossary#T)? e.g. Tierrechtsaktivist is a single word (WT:COALMINE) --21:32, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
WT:COALMINE doesn't apply to SOP English phrases that have single-word German translations- otherwise we'd have entries for terms like "of the". Chuck Entz (talk) 04:23, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
WT:COALMINE doesn't apply to English animal rights activist, but it does apply to the German term. And if there are more foreign terms (which might be rather like), the English animal rights activist might become a translation hub. -- 20:55, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete, SOP. Per utramque cavernam 22:42, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete. And if not, fix the "overzealous views" definition which is pure PoV bias. Equinox 23:27, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete. I also redefined it just to be less blatant. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 23:33, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete as SoP. — SGconlaw (talk) 01:54, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete: animal rights + activist. The German translation is written as one word but looks like it's straightforwardly derivable from its parts. —Granger (talk · contribs) 03:39, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
Looks SoP to me. Let me note that German Tierrechtsaktivist does not contribute to WT:THUB per 'A translation does not qualify to support the English term if it is: a closed compound that is a word-for-word translation of the English term: German Autoschlüssel does not qualify to support the English "car key"; [...]'. On the other hand, WT:THUB criteria are tentative. --Dan Polansky (talk) 09:44, 4 November 2018 (UTC)
Delete, as has been noted by others the translation hub argument used above may not be applied. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 09:18, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

signal pistol[edit]

SOP. Yurivict (talk) 21:30, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

While one may understand that a signal pistol is a pistol used for giving a signal, it is perhaps not obvious that this does not refer to the starter pistol used to give the starting signal for a race.  --Lambiam 05:15, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep. When I saw this term I thought it must mean "starter pistol" - in fact, I thought that meaning was so obvious that I considered voting "delete" on that basis. Then I saw Lambiam's comment and looked at the entry, and I learned that in fact it doesn't mean "starter pistol". Clearly the meaning is not obvious from the sum of the parts. —Granger (talk · contribs) 06:06, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Speedy Keep: Definitely existed in the past, present and future! IQ125 (talk) 21:15, 25 October 2018 (UTC)
    Note: This is the editor who created the entry, and does not seem to understand the CFI. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 21:56, 25 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep per Granger. Purplebackpack89 20:47, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep per above. Not obvious from SoP that it has this specific meaning. Mihia (talk) 03:15, 29 October 2018 (UTC)

corporate monster[edit]

Looks NISoP to me. Seems to be a figurative monster in the form a corporation or a corporation behaving monsterously. DCDuring (talk) 05:20, 22 October 2018 (UTC).

Send to RfV for confirmation of this specific definition, which is not merely a corporation behaving "monstrously", but specifies being anti-Union, entirely profit-focused, and putting smaller competitors out of business. bd2412 T 20:40, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
I have no objection to the entry, but the definition strikes me as being rather biased. It should be watered down. DonnanZ (talk) 14:11, 28 October 2018 (UTC)

in a perfect world[edit]

def: "Synonym of in an ideal world."

This seems NISoP, as does in an ideal world. DCDuring (talk) 22:43, 22 October 2018 (UTC)

Perhaps, but it doesn't really hinge on whether the whole world would need to be ideal- just the part of it relevant to the matter at hand. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:53, 23 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete as SoP. — SGconlaw (talk) 03:58, 23 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete, SOP. Per utramque cavernam 10:35, 27 October 2018 (UTC)

in a hot minute[edit]

= in + a + hot minute.

Hot minute (which may itself be NISoP per def. 19 of hot) occurs in collocations like a hot minute later, for a few hot minutes, about two hot minutes, almost two hot minutes. Google NGram shows that in a hot minute accounts for only about a quarter of the uses of hot minute. (Perhaps another quarter of the uses are literal, proper nouns, etc.). DCDuring (talk) 23:02, 22 October 2018 (UTC)

I would think that hot minute should be kept as a fixed construction: you can't have other units like "hot seconds" as far as I know. Equinox 04:33, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
@Equinox: Actually I've heard someone say "hot second", and it's also in Merriam-Webster. — justin(r)leung (t...) | c=› } 04:48, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
It is also one of the usexes at hot, sense 19.  --Lambiam 07:19, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
Redirect to hot minute Kiwima (talk) 01:51, 31 October 2018 (UTC)


Very uncommon, to the point that there are only three genuine misspellings in the BGC hits. Until Rua decided to remove it, {{misspelling of}} explicitly said "Common misspelling", and that has been our usual guide for when to keep them around. This would not meet that standard. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 00:43, 26 October 2018 (UTC)

Here are a few uses: [70]; [71]; [72]; [73]; [74]; [75]; [76].  --Lambiam 08:54, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
In modern usage this seems to me to be a lame and non-notable misspelling, mostly committed by non-native writers or, um, people who can't spell. There are some hits from old texts too. I couldn't comment about historical usage. Mihia (talk) 02:28, 27 October 2018 (UTC)
AFAIK lameness and lack of notability are currently no impediment to inclusion. Many if not most mispelings are definately committed by people who can’t spell.  --Lambiam 10:30, 27 October 2018 (UTC)
Well, I think we should include only notable ones. If we included every misspelling that can be attested half a dozen times then surely it would get ridiculous. "Definately" should definately be included IMO as it is a very well-known mistake that we see often. "Weekness" not so much, I would argue. Mihia (talk) 14:03, 27 October 2018 (UTC)
I am not massively keen on automatic redirects, even less so where they involve spelling mistakes. If typing "weekness" takes you to "weakness" with no further information, it would be possible for someone with poor spelling, or poor English generally, to assume that "weekness" is just another way of writing it. That's assuming such a person even notices the redirect. Mihia (talk) 13:54, 27 October 2018 (UTC)
We don't have week as a misspelling of weak (thankfully), In that case, delete completely. DonnanZ (talk) 09:44, 28 October 2018 (UTC)
I think we need to revisit misspelling criteria, with a view to changing policy. Who is on board? How could we begin: perhaps categorising the existing misspelling entries to find out which ones are typos (mokney for monkey) and their commonness? Equinox 10:02, 28 October 2018 (UTC)
Really nobody else thinks this is a problem? Equinox 17:18, 29 October 2018 (UTC)
What policy changes do you advocate? The current policy according to CFI is "Rare misspellings should be excluded while common misspellings should be included". For misspellings I think this is adequate (albeit perhaps the wording could be finessed), and differences about whether a misspelling is "common" can be brought to an appropriate forum. I agree that typos, as opposed to misspellings, should generally be excluded, unless they have attained special status (e.g. teh). Perhaps this could be explicitly mentioned in the CFI. Mihia (talk) 01:13, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
I advocate the policy that misspellings should have 10 citations spanning at least 100 years, deleted on sight if no citations provided, must be used at least twice in a single work (to avoid typos). DTLHS (talk) 01:16, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
I would support that. I particularly like the 100 year span--I think it's important for a misspelling to be persistent in order to be catalogued. --SanctMinimalicen (talk) 04:02, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
Merriam-Webster defines typo as “an error (as of spelling) in typed or typeset material”. As the proposed policy considers some misspellings not to be typos, what notion of typo is meant there? Ignorance?  --Lambiam 08:44, 31 October 2018 (UTC)
I think that definition isn't quite complete; our entry for typographical error is better. I would say a typo is a kind of misspelling, but many misspellings aren't typos. For instance, perserverance and expatriot are IMO clearly not typos. A typo might be caused by a slip of the fingers (for example, the first time I wrote this sentence my finger stayed too long on one key and wrote "sliip" instead of "slip"), but not by a misconception or uncertainty about how the word is spelled. Slips of the fingers aren't worth recording in a dictionary, but reasonably widespread misconceptions about how words are spelled might be. —Granger (talk · contribs) 09:46, 31 October 2018 (UTC)
I am on board to change the misspelling policy, I don't want to include them at all. - TheDaveRoss 12:18, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
One possible criteria for deletion could be that if we are the number one result on Google for a term it can be deleted (e.g. aboriculturist). - TheDaveRoss 14:12, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
I agree with DTLHS’s proposed criteria. — SGconlaw (talk) 13:43, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
If a word has a ”normal” entry but also occurs as a misspelling (e.g. dog-nose), I think the criterion for including that misspelling should not be very stringent. Likewise if the misspelling is intentional (e.g., stronk and probably rediculous).  --Lambiam 08:44, 31 October 2018 (UTC)
As someone who is a weak speller, I appreciate having entries for common misspellings, but I don't think they need to be sitting in the main body of wiktionary. How about a common misspellings appendix, with links to the correct spellings? (And shouldn't this discussion be moved to the beer parlor? ) Kiwima (talk) 04:11, 1 November 2018 (UTC)
Misspellings in the mainspace provide the maximum convenience for the user. The user lands on a page that tells them the form is a misspelling and at the same time directs them to the entry they were looking for. What more to wish? --Dan Polansky (talk) 09:31, 4 November 2018 (UTC)
For misspellings that are not seen as common, I would prefer a "Did you mean?"-type solution to this. This effectively already exists in the "closest match" list in the search dropdown. I presume that if weekness did not exist then "weakness" would be the first suggestion on typing "weekness". Having an actual page for these misspellings seems to me to be making too much of a big deal out of it, or giving them too much prominence. (There is also the potential issue that other systems indiscriminately pick these up from Wiktionary as real words, for example https://www.onelook.com/?w=allright&ls=a, though there is little we can do about this.) Mihia (talk) 18:33, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
They may provide some marginal benefit to a type of user, but for all other users they are an inconvenience. Did-you-mean type solutions are significantly better, and are more in line with what the user would expect as normal behavior. - TheDaveRoss 12:34, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

asking for trouble[edit]

This just seems like a normal verbal inflection to me. DTLHS (talk) 20:46, 26 October 2018 (UTC)

Delete. Per utramque cavernam 20:54, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete the noun. An "asking for trouble"? Nah. DonnanZ (talk) 09:50, 28 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete: not seeing how this is a noun. — SGconlaw (talk) 13:44, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete - TheDaveRoss 14:00, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
Comment. In the example sentence “Sharing a single account among multiple people is asking for trouble”, the head of the clause “asking for trouble” is a gerund. As stated on Wikipedia (see English gerund), such a clause can function as a noun. In this example it is a predicative nominal; in a sentence like “Asking for trouble was his favorite occupation” it is the subject. Given the limited set of options for indicating a part of speech, classifying the clause as a noun here seems the best fit to me. Yes, you can’t say “an asking for trouble“. You can also not say “an alcohol by volume” or “an astrobabble”. For uncountable nouns, the indefinite-article test is not a good one.  --Lambiam 19:51, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
What's the point of documenting the gerund use in a dictionary, though? That's a regular feature of English verbs. Per utramque cavernam 19:54, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
On the page for the word waters we give, next to an idiomatic sense (amniotic fluid), definitions as the plural form of a noun and the third-person singular simple present indicative form of a verb. The latter two are both regular features of English lemmas. I thought it is good practice, if a given word or collocation has several POS interpretations, to list all.  --Lambiam 07:27, 31 October 2018 (UTC)
In practice we don't list English gerunds as nouns unless they can be pluralized. DTLHS (talk) 06:21, 2 November 2018 (UTC)
Note: this is a rfd-sense. --Dan Polansky (talk) 12:35, 4 November 2018 (UTC)


Preposition sense 3:

  1. Indicating a relationship between an adjective and an infinitive.
    The log was heavy to lift.
    I chose to change my mind.

"to" is not a preposition in either of these usage examples. I'm listing it here before I delete the whole sense just in case someone can see a prepositional use that the definition might be intended to refer to. Mihia (talk) 22:07, 26 October 2018 (UTC)

OK, since no one can explain what this is supposed to be referring to, I have deleted it. Mihia (talk) 20:27, 2 November 2018 (UTC)
@Mihia In the interests of clarity, can you move the "log " usex to whichever sense of to does cover it? - -sche (discuss) 18:31, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
I thought it was the sense "A particle used for marking the following verb as an infinitive", and that there were already enough examples for that sense. Do you think there is something special or distinct about the "log" example? Mihia (talk) 11:36, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

detail oriented[edit]

Looks SOPpy --XY3999 (talk) 14:02, 28 October 2018 (UTC)

It hurts me to see this without a hyphen. But, okay, USAGE IS KING. It does seem like "oriented to details". Probably delete. Equinox 14:06, 28 October 2018 (UTC)
If it had a hyphen it could be regarded as one word. The translations don't look very soppy. DonnanZ (talk) 14:18, 28 October 2018 (UTC)
Compounds with "oriented" or "-oriented" are open-ended, e.g. people-oriented, task-oriented, subject-oriented, etc. I see this as a manifestation of a regular feature of English rather than something that needs a separate dictionary entry in each instance. Mihia (talk) 03:04, 29 October 2018 (UTC)
The translations all parse out to detailist (for which we might want to consider creating an entry; see google books:"detailist"). That strikes me as simply a different construction, and not grounds for keeping the EN term detail oriented, which really looks like SOP to me. ‑‑ Eiríkr Útlendi │Tala við mig 16:46, 29 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete per Mihia, and delete labor-intensive at the same time. Per utramque cavernam 16:56, 29 October 2018 (UTC)
Why the latter? DonnanZ (talk) 19:19, 29 October 2018 (UTC)
For the same reason: "I see this as a manifestation of a regular feature of English rather than something that needs a separate dictionary entry in each instance". Per utramque cavernam 22:22, 2 November 2018 (UTC)
If you forget about your own home-baked ideals for a minute, you will find that labor-intensive and labour-intensive pass the lemming test with flying colours, check the refs. DonnanZ (talk) 22:47, 2 November 2018 (UTC)
As for translations, detail oriented, (detailist*10) at Google Ngram Viewer shows "detailist" to be much less common as of recent use. --Dan Polansky (talk) 07:56, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

Northern America[edit]

Seems nonidiomatic. DTLHS (talk) 01:58, 30 October 2018 (UTC)

Keep: It's a real term used by the United Nations and even has its own dedicated Wikipedia article. Illegitimate Barrister (talk) 02:13, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
Why should idiomacy be a factor with a geographical definition? DonnanZ (talk) 10:08, 30 October 2018 (UTC)


a man in the middle of a scolding.

Isn't this just the use of the first definition (title conferred to an adult male)? It is common to use overly formal address when scolding, I don't think this warrents a separate definition any more than the sarcastic use of a word does. Kiwima (talk) 00:36, 31 October 2018 (UTC)

It seems like the kind of thing that belongs in a usage note, not a separate sense.  --Lambiam 07:11, 31 October 2018 (UTC)
I agree. Delete this sense. — SGconlaw (talk) 10:09, 31 October 2018 (UTC)
Delete, but include information in a usage note, as it's not used where one would normally expect "mister." Andrew Sheedy (talk) 03:44, 3 November 2018 (UTC)
Delete, not a separate sense. Per utramque cavernam 10:25, 10 November 2018 (UTC)
Delete. Leasnam (talk) 04:43, 13 November 2018 (UTC)


"strangely corny or sweet to an extent". The Usex looks to me like just another example of the previous definition (uncool). Isn't this just putting a positive spin on the same meaning? Kiwima (talk) 19:04, 31 October 2018 (UTC)

Made-up usexes do not serve to attest senses anyway. To include the corny sense we need examples of actual use in that sense.  --Lambiam 10:59, 1 November 2018 (UTC)
Delete, or RFV if necessary. Per utramque cavernam 10:34, 10 November 2018 (UTC)
I recall noticing this myself and wondering about the distinctness of it. It does seem like, in the second usex, the carrots aren't exactly "uncool" in a way that makes it "disliked", but if our chief RFV-tender/parser-of-cites thinks it's the same sense, I'm inclined to go along with that assessment. There does seem to be a continuum, like "before he was deployed overseas I never realized how much I liked seeing his lame ___ every morning", where the person did dislike the thing but now views it positively (like the corny carrots), which also suggests that a merger is in order, although we might need to expand/tweak the "failing to be cool" definition. - -sche (discuss) 18:28, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

November 2018[edit]

GBA SP[edit]

Specific game console brand, not a hugely well-known one. Since the "SP" part is just "SP" and doesn't really stand for anything, the space means that the GBA entry is probably enough to steer people in the right direction anyway. Equinox 18:34, 1 November 2018 (UTC)

Delete, not really dictionary material. Per utramque cavernam 22:21, 2 November 2018 (UTC)
Keep by the fcuk criteria. DTLHS (talk) 16:53, 4 November 2018 (UTC)

over with[edit]

Only used in this sense in the idiomatic combination get something over with. Not an adjective (the most over it job???).  --Lambiam 05:45, 3 November 2018 (UTC)

I think I’ve seen some show “the job is over with”. — Osbri (talk) 05:52, 3 November 2018 (UTC)
You may be right; some dictionaries have entries for over with (like Merriam-Webster). But that then suggests that get something over with is SOP; ”Let’s get the job over with“ means the same as ”Let’s get the job done“.  --Lambiam 06:29, 3 November 2018 (UTC)
Maybe they are both idiomatic. I was thinking what is “with” on that phrase “over with”? — Osbri (talk) 06:58, 3 November 2018 (UTC)
(edit conflict) The phrase "be over with" is fairly common, as in "I'll be glad when this nightmare is over with!" Chuck Entz (talk) 07:00, 3 November 2018 (UTC)
I think there's a subtle gloss, where "Let's get the job done" implies enthusiasm to complete something, and "Let's get the job over with" implies the opposite - a desire to be rid of something unpleasant. bd2412 T 01:51, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
True; the point was really that get and over with are not tied to each other but that other things can be substituted for the components of the collocation, which thereby fails an important test for being an idiomatic expression. We also have “Let's get the job done and over with” – which then, I assume expresses enthusiasm to be rid of something unpleasant :). Seriously, should we have an entry for done and over with? This can also be used to refer to s.t. already completed: “Now that the job is done and over with, we should ...”. It seems to me that this is a fixed combination, like lean and mean or well and good.  --Lambiam 08:56, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep. I think it is enough of an idiomatic phrase. Per others above, I do not agree that it is restricted to "get something over with". Per BD2412 above, I added a note that it is used especially of unpleasant things. Mihia (talk) 12:30, 10 November 2018 (UTC)
By the way, the present definition of "get something over with" is "To do something quickly and hastily; without procrastination, especially so as to have something unpleasant behind oneself". I do not particularly agree that doing something "quickly and hastily" is the main idea of this expression. It may be the case that it is done that way, but I don't think it should be the main definition. What do other people think? Mihia (talk) 17:20, 10 November 2018 (UTC)
It means as soon as possible, not as fast as possible. "Hasty" isn't right because it suggests performing the actions at high speed. Equinox 17:34, 10 November 2018 (UTC)
OK, I made a change to the definition of get something over with to reflect the above. Mihia (talk) 21:15, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

vexatious suit[edit]


vexatious action[edit]


vexatious litigation[edit]


Cf. Wiktionary:Requests for deletion/English § frivolous litigation. Per utramque cavernam 14:39, 3 November 2018 (UTC)

  • Delete all. bd2412 T 03:40, 4 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Yes, delete all. SemperBlotto (talk) 06:09, 4 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete all as SoP. — SGconlaw (talk) 03:35, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
Delete. Equinox 12:17, 10 November 2018 (UTC)


sense: someone who is expert in the theory of a particular science or art

Isn't this a verbose obfuscation of the other definition: "a theorist"? Most other dictionaries seem to think so. DCDuring (talk) 18:18, 3 November 2018 (UTC)

Per our definitions, one could be expert in the theory (theoretician) without ever having constructed a theory of one's own (theorist). Equinox 18:22, 3 November 2018 (UTC)


The quote is for hag-born, which would be SOP. Meh....--XY3999 (talk) 11:50, 4 November 2018 (UTC)

  • It came from Webster 1913, and we tend to leave those entries alone. In any case, if a writer prefers to insert a hyphen it doesn't suddenly make it SoP, it was a sum of parts as a compound word. A lot of users don't seem to work that one out. DonnanZ (talk) 11:59, 4 November 2018 (UTC)
Just because it came from Webster 1913 does not make it valid. In any case, I added three cites with no hyphen, so it should be a pretty solid compound now. Kiwima (talk) 03:02, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
The 1879 cite looks to be a noun. Do we need to create a Noun section for it ? Leasnam (talk) 03:03, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Keep as it looks sufficiently cited. As for whether to create a noun section, I think we need further quotations to see if it is used as a noun. The 1879 citation could be using it in an adjectival sense. — SGconlaw (talk) 03:37, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
  • This is an RfV question, not one for RfD. It is obvious that if the word can be cited, it should be kept. bd2412 T 03:52, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, this seems like an RFV question (and the "thou hagborn" citation is indeed a bit noun-y although I guess it could be argued that it's using the adjective substantivally like "the poor", etc). - -sche (discuss) 18:15, 14 November 2018 (UTC)


RFD-sense "consisting of oak trees", which is simply the noun attributively used, as indicated by the stress pattern. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 14:34, 9 November 2018 (UTC)

Yeah, delete or move to the noun. I would go further than that, as oak isn't an adjective anyway. DonnanZ (talk) 15:06, 9 November 2018 (UTC)
Delete. Per utramque cavernam 10:24, 10 November 2018 (UTC)
Delete. --Robbie SWE (talk) 20:13, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

feminist theology[edit]

SOP. Per utramque cavernam 10:58, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

Delete. Equinox 23:17, 10 November 2018 (UTC)
@PUC: Couldn't it be a (non-SOP) contradiction in terms?.. -- 13:32, 11 November 2018 (UTC)
That is the type of arcane judgement that isn't a dictionary's task to make. And a contradiction in terms could be SOP either way. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 08:45, 12 November 2018 (UTC)
Delete, perfectly SOP. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 08:45, 12 November 2018 (UTC)
Keep. Also probably add the adjective feminist-theological. Ƿidsiþ 13:18, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
Comment. If theology is the critical study of the nature of the divine (Wikipedia), then feminist theology should be the critical study of the nature of the divine from a feminist perspective. To me, that does not suggest the sense of “a movement”. So how is the meaning of this term a sum of the meanings of its components? I am not saying that the term is not an instance of SoP, but if it is, the given definition is not quite right.  --Lambiam 10:25, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
Theology isn't exclusively the study of the divine, but also of practices, adherents, texts, beliefs and religious organisations, hence terms like "scientific theology" for Biblical studies and "practical theology" for studying religious practices. I'm not convinced it really is a single movement, though it may well be more interfaith than other types of theology. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 10:46, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
Delete. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 23:54, 16 November 2018 (UTC)


"Initialism of Microsoft Access Database" — but it isn't. It's the filename extension, like DOC or DOCX for Word documents, MID for MIDI music files, CPP for C++ programming files, etc. I don't consider those suitable dictionary entries. Equinox 23:17, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

  • Surely the file extension is ".mdb", not "MDB". SemperBlotto (talk) 07:56, 11 November 2018 (UTC)
    • Also, "MDB" is clearly not an initialism of "Microsoft Access Database". Ƿidsiþ 13:17, 13 November 2018 (UTC)


it's -s (for plural) + -' (possessive marker), and it's already present in -' as sense 1 ("Possessive marker used on plurals that end with -s"). -- 13:28, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

  • Delete. A case of SOP for a pair of suffixes. There are endless combinations of such, like -ize + -ing and -ness + -es.  --Lambiam 22:54, 11 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete, per Lambiam. Leasnam (talk) 23:49, 11 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Delete per above. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 08:46, 12 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Yes, Delete SemperBlotto (talk) 07:55, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Note: if deleted, also delete -es' with it.  --Lambiam 07:51, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
IMO it's (weakly) worth keeping for the pronunciation information and usage notes. - -sche (discuss) 18:11, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
Can’t this info be presented at -' and -'s?  --Lambiam 07:53, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

MAGA chud[edit]

NISoP: MAGA + chud.

DCDuring (talk) 16:14, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

Then you should probably add the relevant sense to chud. DTLHS (talk) 16:18, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
Keep unless such a sense is added and attested. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 22:08, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
Keep per jiffy. If chud (noun) is citable as a hot word in any one sense, it is derivative of MAGA chud. But the meanings seem all over the place, from just a short for MAGA chud to "rube" to something like "troll" to "ugly person" (given by UD), depending on whatever stereotype a writer wants to use. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 09:06, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
How could anyone possibly sincerely believe that IRW chud is derived from MAGA chud? I thought that our horde of contemporary slang collectors would not have failed to surpass Urban Dictionary, which has chud in its current cloudy, but clearly abusive sense as well as its etymology. I personally do not feel at all competent to add the missing contemporary sense. Nevertheless, though in WiktWorld wikt-lawyering may provide a tortured rationale for inclusion, the challenged term remains in reality SoP. DCDuring (talk) 17:22, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
@DCDuring My bad, now dial down the hyperbole. Anyway, the sense is obscure enough to be absent from several recent dictionaries of slang. I have added an adjective and noun sense. Check whether you agree with the definition. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 10:11, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
@Metaknowledge Pinging you because you indicated that you might vote differently when there is a sense that could make "MAGA chud" SOP. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 10:11, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
@DTLHS Also pinging you because of the noun definition at chud. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 10:16, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
Interestingly CHUD/C.H.U.D. might not meet CFI because of WT:FICTION. Sad that only the poisonous political atmosphere has provided sufficient motivation to make this use of chud in this sense attestable. DCDuring (talk) 12:54, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
Now that I see how chud is defined... I'm not sure. There's still a slight jump between "Make America Great Again" + "disgusting person" to "[pejorative for] Trump supporter". It's definitely a set phrase, but does it go beyond that to reach some level of idiomaticity? To pose a couple concrete questions, is there a range of words that could be substituted for "chud" in this phrase that would be similarly easily attested? And should MAGA have another sense that refers to Trump in particular, rather than his political movement? —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 18:49, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
This really needs cites before we start drawing conclusions about equivalents. DTLHS (talk) 18:56, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

ride the ... train[edit]

Uuuuggghhh. Serious WTF-age. Meh, we cooouuuld move this to train. --XY3999 (talk) 23:04, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

Shouldn’t this first go to rfv? The WTF-ness does not determine the idiomaticity. BTW, you’ll also find surf the AI wave and jump on the AI bandwagon.  --Lambiam 07:39, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
Personally, I think there is no doubt that the expression "ride the ~ train" is verifiably in reasonably common use (though I question how precisely the present definition captures its meaning). I guess the question is more whether it deserves to be a dictionary lemma in itself, and, if so, how it should be presented. Do we normally allow lemmas to contain "..."? Mihia (talk) 20:41, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
This is more of a metaphor than anything fixed and lexical. You can {be on|be on board|board|catch|get on|get on board|ride|take}(or {get off|miss|skip}) the {huge variety of nouns/proper nouns- e.g. w:Peace Train} {bandwagon|train|? possibly others}. I'd call it a snowclone, but it's a bit looser than that. Chuck Entz (talk) 22:30, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
Move to Appendix:Snowclones/ride the X train. That's how we normally deal with these. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 23:53, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
"snowclone" is a word that I had never heard of until I heard it here, but our definition says "A type of cliché which uses an old idiom formulaically placed in a new context", so for it to be one of those, would there not need to be an original or prototype idiom of the form "ride the ~ train", which the others copy? Is there one? Mihia (talk) 00:00, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Not a term I'm familiar with, is it American? I also think the pro-Trump usex should be deleted, even if tne entry survives. DonnanZ (talk) 00:10, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

face the facts[edit]

SoP? Dixtosa (talk) 19:51, 18 November 2018 (UTC)


Marked for imminent deletion by WF, but should maybe get a vote since there's the section Repetitions. Abstain. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 08:10, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Also aaawesome, deeeath, deliciousss, Jeeesus, oooooh (4 or 2½ repetitions depending on how you count), pleeease, reaaal, reeeaaal, rrreal, smaaall, smaaart, taaall, teeerrible, verrry, waaater, waaay, wooonderful, yeees. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 08:16, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
And what about baaad, bayooot, biiig, buuut, cooold, cuuute, duuumb, eeevil, fuuuck, goooooo, greeeat, heeelp, heeey, huuuge, laaarge, looove, looovely, maaan, niiice, nooo, nooow, oooh, ooooh, realll, reeeady, reeeal, scaaared, scaaary, seeexy, shiiit, stooop, stuuupid, suuure, tiiiny, veeery, wrooong, yaaay, yesss?  --Lambiam 12:49, 19 November 2018 (UTC)