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Pages I started[edit]

A very limited list but I thought it worth recording:

Alan Martin (writer)

Andrew Conway Ivy




Cobalt thiocyanate test‎


Duquenois-Levine reagent‎

Gower College Swansea




Photoelectric flame photometer

Presumptive test


Swansea College

The Educated Mind

Tracey Curtis


Pages Ewen Deleted[edit]

You really don't want to be censoring my right to post a link to this site ObserverNY (talk) 13:16, 31 March 2009 (UTC)ObserverNY

Yes, ObserverNY, I have deleted your link to the 'Truth About IB' page from the IB pages on wikipedia. This has been discussed at length. There is no consensus to include the page and you have never offered justification for pushing the link. Do you want to debate it or just keep adding it (and we'll keep removing it)?

Ewen (talk) 14:27, 31 March 2009 (UTC)


It's my nature to get annoyed by little mistakes that people make over and over. The first time it happens I get very slightly ticked off. Then I see it again, and again...

'Barbeque' is one such example. I did check before making changes: see Talk:Barbecue#Spelling which cites Australian, British and American dictionaries as prefering 'Barbecue'.

According to the Macquarie Dictionary 4th ed 2005 "The alternative spelling barbeque is much more widely used in Australia than in the US or UK". The dictionary marks barbecue as the head entry and more common... As to the Oxford Dictionary it doesn't even mention barbeque. User:Alex Sims on User_talk:Van_der_Hoorn#National_Variants_of_English. Webster's dictionary Webster's also has barbecue as the headline entry.

English from... Dictionary 'Barbecue' 'Barbeque'
U.K. Oxford Only spelling. No mention
U.S. Webster's Headline spelling. Rarer alternative.
Australia Macquarie Headline spelling. Rarer alternative.

'Barbeque' may be acceptable in some versions of English, but 'acceptable' isn't 'best'. Why use an inferior spelling that may be acceptable in some countries when we could use the prefered spelling which is correct in all countries? See WP:ENGVAR#National_varieties_of_English and Opportunities for commonality.


I'm all for modern English but isn't it ghastly when we hear phrases like "This tax change impacts on the lower paid."? There is a perfectly good verb, affect, which is not only well-understood, but briefer: "This tax change affects the lower paid." If you want to emphasise the negative aspects of the effect, what about "This tax change harms the lower paid."? 'Impact' is a noun: There is no need to verb it if you have some sort of vocabulary.

Other bees in my bonnet[edit]

’s Thi’s user know’s that not every word that end’s with s need’s an apostrophe and will remove misused apostrophe’s from Wikipedia with extreme prejudice.

its & it’s This user understands the difference between its and it’s. So should you.

misc[edit] Block log Contributions Block log Contributions

Bits of wikimarkup code I can never remember[edit]

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