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January 2020

mind like a steel trap

thank you


Some one Changed My Setings Hack my Acount Cant recovered im not a developer im just A user I dont Know Why Doing this Some One Please Changed my Setings defoult I will be Very Thankfull to You —This unsigned comment was added by .Nafees791 (talk • contribs).

@.Nafees791: Reset your password, go to Special:Preferences. If you have lost access to your account, this is something that should be resolved on m: rather than here. —Justin (koavf)TCM 23:46, 5 January 2020 (UTC)
This account was created 1 minute before its first edit and 7 minutes before this was posted. The only other edits were random removal of parts of the entry at borrowing. The abuse log shows that there were two other equally damaging edits that were prevented by an abuse filter. It looks to me like they have no clue what they're doing, what accounts they have, or what website this is. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:10, 6 January 2020 (UTC)


Thank you for wiktionary, it is a valuable resource for definitions, etimology, and word usage.

I have noticed a trend lately, authors seem to be advertising their own works by inserting quotes from their books as examples of word usage. Initially, this did not seem to be commonplace, but it is now quite pervasive. I'd be curious to see how many articles Wiktionary holds that contain quotes from books released in the last few years, especially by small or independant publishers. I am not certain how to easily address this misappropriation, but modern word usage can easily be attributed to news and mangazine articles instead of newly minted books. —This unsigned comment was added by (talk).

Do you have examples of this? —Justin (koavf)TCM 21:02, 6 January 2020 (UTC)
It should be quite easy to find a number. We can fiddle with {{quote-book}} and find out anything published in a certain year. --Yesyesandmaybe (talk) 16:07, 11 January 2020 (UTC)

Foreign word of the day: barabara

Barabara also means a wide road, especially a tarmac road.


there is russian and malagasy version of this page

True. The inter-Wiktionary links can be found on the left-hand side of the page. Thankfully, they are added automatically - in the past we had to manually add them, which created so much work. --Yesyesandmaybe (talk) 14:01, 13 January 2020 (UTC)


divertidos is actually not a word

Wiktionary:Requested entries (Middle High German)

I can't figure out how to add this entry, so perhaps if I write it out to you, you can do it. The entry is for the word "Trump" which meant the contrary of "wis" (wise) or "fool" in the Middle LOW German of the mystic Mechthild of Magdeburg (c. 1207 – c. 1282-94). In Mechthild's book "Das fliessende Licht der Gottheit" [The Flowing Light of the Godhead], MS (Books 1-5) 1250-1260, she wrote: "Dú TRUMPheit behaget ir selbe alleine, dú wisheit kan niemer volleleren." which is quoted on page xi of Bernard McGinn, "The Flowering of Mysticism: Men and Women in the New Mysticism—1200-1350," (NY: Crossroad Publishing, 1998), and which McGinn translates as, "FOOLishness is satisfied with itself alone; wisdom can never learn enough." —This unsigned comment was added by WREverdell (talk • contribs) at 20:56, 13 January 2020 (UTC).

Looks like your word is trumpheit, rather. Unfortunately, I am not qualified to add it myself. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 16:50, 14 January 2020 (UTC)
It is a typo for tumpheit, Modern German Dummheit: [1].  --Lambiam 16:00, 17 January 2020 (UTC)


Could 'Cur' be related to the Irish word 'Cú' (hound)?

English hound is a cognate of Irish , both being descendants of Proto-Indo-European *ḱwṓ (dog), whence also Latin canis and Ancient Greek κύων (kúōn). The term curre is attested in Middle English (see the quotations here), with the synonym curdogge. The resemblance is almost certainly a coincidence. The Proto-Indo-European /kʲ/ already turned into an /x/ in Proto-Germanic, so the initial /k/ can only be explained if this is a loan from a non-Germanic language. The final ‹r› is even harder to explain.  --Lambiam 15:45, 17 January 2020 (UTC)

Word of the day: unobtainium

Did you choose this because of my recent contributions to the Na'vi language? --Numberguy6 (talk) 20:19, 17 January 2020 (UTC)

Er, no. It's been on the WOTD nomination page since 2018. — SGconlaw (talk) 20:55, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
And it's a lot older than that among science fiction fans. (Sorry, got no citations.) --Thnidu (talk) 16:31, 7 February 2020 (UTC)


There are "Lua error: not enough memory" messages all over do from Serbo-Croatian onwards

Word of the day: high crime

The trial of Charles I for high treason and other high crimes began on this day in 1649.

But there's an explanatory note at the very beginning of that Wikipedia article that states, "All dates in this article are given in the Julian calendar..." —⁠ 00:31, 20 January 2020 (UTC)

Oops! Will fix this. — SGconlaw (talk) 04:21, 20 January 2020 (UTC)
Fixed – moved it to 30 January 2020. — SGconlaw (talk) 05:02, 20 January 2020 (UTC)
Excellent. Cheers. — 08:04, 20 January 2020 (UTC)
Oh, I guess if the intent was to feature high crime as WotD to nearly coincide with the start of the Senate trial of DJT, or to mark the third anniversary of his inauguration, that's gone awry. —⁠ 08:12, 20 January 2020 (UTC)
No, actually it wasn't. High crime was set as WOTD on 3 November 2019, and I had no idea at that time when the Senate trial would have taken place. — SGconlaw (talk) 14:17, 20 January 2020 (UTC)
Seems silly to me to change a live WOTD that has already gone out in the RSS feeds because someone decided to be pedantic, but w/e. פֿינצטערניש (Fintsternish), she/her (talk) 15:30, 20 January 2020 (UTC)
Oh well, it was changed five hours after it first went live. We might as well have a correct WOTD for the rest of the day. — SGconlaw (talk) 15:45, 20 January 2020 (UTC)

One more thing:

[H]e was found guilty and executed on 9 February 1649 (30 January).

He wasn't executed on the same day that he was found guilty. I suggest adding a comma after guilty and was before executed. —⁠ 02:45, 22 January 2020 (UTC)

Fixed. — SGconlaw (talk) 03:19, 22 January 2020 (UTC)

I messed up an edit...

I added a meaning (the plural) to "dast" (English) and messed up somehow. The page needs to be fixed, but I have not been able to do so. Please? Sorry! Thanks! PS: I think it is some sort of syntax error.

The templates can be confusing to even long-term editors. I've cleaned it up now, although there is surely a more elegant solution. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 00:56, 21 January 2020 (UTC)


I looked for the definition of "appertain." Instead of seeing an immediate definition, I had to wade through a sea of conjugation and etymology.

Word of the day: QED

I suggest linking Initialism to its entry because I imagine it's a word that most readers of English are unfamiliar with. —⁠ 14:55, 23 January 2020 (UTC)


These verbs need to be conjugated...


Quesotiotyo - how do you select the groups of words you choose to edit? Thank you, peabodybidsearly at gmail dot com

@Quesotiotyo. — SGconlaw (talk) 19:00, 1 February 2020 (UTC)

ὦ μέγα

I think the pronunciation of Attic (5th BCE) and Egyptian (1st CE) are here for "omega" erroneously interchanged. Compare the pronunciations of "mega" for the same periods. —This unsigned comment was added by (talk) at 16:41, 31 January 2020 (UTC).

February 2020

Wiktionary:Main Page

I've been wondering if the spelling of the word LIVE, as used in for example: "the TV show is LIVE," couldn't be changed to something less confusing. Such as LYVE, so as not to be confused with live, as in: "I live in Florida." Just a thought. Glynn A.

We're a descriptive dictionary- we describe usage, we don't dictate it. Until actual speakers use that spelling, we can't include it. Besides which, any living language that's complex enough to use for everything is going to have parts that aren't logical. It's just something you have to allow for. Chuck Entz (talk) 18:00, 1 February 2020 (UTC)


I would really like to see a feature similar to Wikipedia's "Reading Lists," where you could save interesting entries for later reference. The current watchlist feature is geared towards watching entries for recent edits, if there have been no edits to the entry in a maximum of 30 days you must go to "edit watchlist" to even access them. —This unsigned comment was added by ColorfulLanguage (talk • contribs) at 17:27, 2 February 2020 (UTC).

Me too. --Thnidu (talk) 16:28, 7 February 2020 (UTC)

Foreign word of the day (27 February): ἀργός

2. swift (of dogs)

Shouldn't (of dogs) go in front of swift? — 11:41, 3 February 2020 (UTC)

Also, it should be (of a dog) because ἀργός is singular. (Pinging SGconlaw. The entry itself needs to be edited, as well, though.) —⁠ 14:24, 4 February 2020 (UTC)

Pinging @Metaknowledge as I only handle the (English) Word of the Day, not the foreign one. — SGconlaw (talk) 14:29, 4 February 2020 (UTC)
I haven't been running FWOTD for a while now, but it merely matches the formatting in the entry, and this is a case where customs vary in whether this is a context label (placed before a def'n) or a qualifier (placed after a def'n). —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 16:40, 4 February 2020 (UTC)
@Μετάknowledge O.K. What about (of dogs) vs. (of a dog)? —⁠ 05:36, 7 February 2020 (UTC)
Also unstandardised and a matter of custom. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 07:23, 7 February 2020 (UTC)

1 Kings

HI, AM CYPRAIN. Why are some of the books of the BIBLE taking of?

Can you reword that? —Justin (koavf)TCM 11:37, 7 February 2020 (UTC)


Pronunciation is given as /spɹuːk/.

Collins says

  • spruik in British English
    (ˈspruːɪk )
  • spruik in American English

I'd like to reflect this difference here in en:wikt, but I'm not sure of the code for it and I haven't time.

--Thnidu (talk) 16:27, 7 February 2020 (UTC)

I don't think specifically British and American transcriptions are desirable, because it is an Australian word. Furthermore [ˈspruːɪk] may well be a spelling pronunciation. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 08:33, 4 March 2020 (UTC)


you just copied Wikipedia

Good thing that's allowed. —Justin (koavf)TCM 01:30, 11 February 2020 (UTC)

U.S. Navy slang

I was raised in the Navy and spent 3 yrs. in the Corps from 1971-74 and O was never a number. It was zero dark thirty.

Reconstruction:Old Median/úštrəh

We don't have Middle Median language. We have just few Median loanword from Old Persian.

We don't have direct evidence, which is why we put a * in front. These are reconstructions based on information from descendant languages. We don't have entries for them in the main dictionary, but we do have a separate Reconstruction namespace. Please don't remove things from entries that you don't understand. Chuck Entz (talk) 17:17, 17 February 2020 (UTC)

Wiktionary:Main Page

I wish there was a wiktionary search engine for firefox.

There is. Just click on the three dot menu in the address bar and add the search engine. —Justin (koavf)TCM 12:46, 18 February 2020 (UTC)


I have reasons to believe that the correct stress pattern of the Latin adjective "ferinus" is not /ˈfe.ri.nus/, [ˈfɛ.rɪ.n̪ʊs] but /fe.'ri:.nus/, [fɛ.'rɪ:.n̪ʊs]. Regards. GS

lupus in fabula

Hi! Not a change, just a complement.

The equivalent of "lupus in fabula" in Jewish culture is: "we should have mentioned Messaiah!".

In yiddish: "me darf dermonen Meshikhn!". Probably exists in Hebrew, but I don't know.


Patrick Gordon


nuga Latin is not in LSJ. Only the plural nugae

March 2020


it's cool


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

The reason there is no FAQ section like that is because it's not true. —Justin (koavf)TCM 02:39, 4 March 2020 (UTC)


PLEASE ADD FINNISH Käytäthän —This unsigned comment was added by Boscorotondo (talk • contribs).

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

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