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A reconstruction of a Peloponnesian soldier, based on archeological excavations

New phonetic alphabet[edit]

Letter Word 1972 version[1]   BNL song other suggestions
A aether aesthetic aisle "A" is aether across the aisles
B bdellium bdellium bdellium bdellometer "B" is blessing with bdellium and a bdellatomy
C czar cyst czar Chanukkah, chthonic "C" is the czar celebrating Chanukkah
D Django djellaba djinn ("gin") Dzongkha, 'dswounds ("zounds") "D" is a djinn dressed in a djellaba
E Euphrates euphemism Euphrates eye, ewe "E" is the eye of the Euphrates
F ffoulkes feign fohn ("phone") --> but dicts have "fain" or "fern", not "fone" "F" is for finger. Fingers are fun.
G gnome gnat gnarly gnu, gaol, gjetost "G" is a gnome going to gaol
H hour heuristic hour honor, hlonipa, Hsi-an "H" is the honor of Hsian
I IHVH ithyphallic irk "I" is irking to IHVH
J jarlsberg jarlsberg jalapeño "J" is jarlsberg with jalapeños
K knickers knickers knick-knack kshatriya, ktypeite ("tipi-ite"), kvetch "K" is a knight knitting knickers
L llama llama llama ("yama") Llandudno, Lodz, Lancut ("wine-soot") "L" is the llamas of Lancut
M mnemonic mnemonic mnemonic mnemic, Mpret ("bret") "M" is a mnemonic for Mpret
N Ndilo ("Deelo") nuance Ngomo ("Gomo") Nguyen ("win"), Ngaio "N" is the Nguyen family of Ndilo
O oestrogen oestrogen Ouija board oud "O" is Oedipus operating a Ouija-board in an oubliette
P psychotic pneumonia pneumonia, pterodactyl,
Przewalski's horse, pneus "news"? pseud? "P" is a psychotic pterodactyl
Q qi? quay qat ("cat") --> dicts have "kaht", not "cat" "Q" is unloading qat on the quay
R Rzeszów "zheshoof" rhythm "R-gyle" Rwanda "R" is ... Rzeszow
S sjambok sjambok Saar ("zar") sbirro, 'Sblood, sphere, Szechuan "S" is sheep along the Saar
T Tlingit ("Klinkit") tzar tsunami Tchaikovski, tmesis "T" is the Tchaikovski of the Tlingits
U uilleann ulema urn uakari, Uighur, Uitlander "U" is uilleann pipes painted on an urn
V veld ("felt") veldt vraisemblance Vlach, vlei "V" is veld and vlai
W who wrath wren, wrinkly, who wrack, wheki ("feki"), Whakatane "W" is whoever wrecked Whakatane
X Xhosa xylophone Xi'an Xmas "X" is Xmas in Xhosaland
Y ych a fi? yttrium yperite Ypers ("wipers") , you "Y" is yttrium for you
Z Zsa Zsa zloty zed zwitterion, zhuyin "Z" is Zsa Zsa in zhuyin

Unified English Spelling[edit]

Thanks to Angr. My prefs:

  • -our/-or: US (etymology, derivation, length)
  • -re/-er: UK (etymology, derivation, but counterexamples fiber/fibrous, sober/sobriety, enter/entrance; on the other hand, centre/centering)
  • -ise/-ize: US/UK -ize (already in both countries, etymology, disambiguation)
  • -ogue/-og; -gramme/-gram, -fence/-fense, -exion/-ection: US (etymology, derivation, uniformity)
  • ae,oe / e: US (length)
  • ll/l: US (stress rules; woollen okay)
  • l/ll: US (derivation, stress rules)
  • license, and practice: US (derivation, pronunciation)
  • grey, cosy, artefact, vice (tool), mollusc, pyjamas, calliper, moustache, camomile (UK)
  • disk, tire, skeptic, carburetor, check, jewelry (US)
  • ax(e), mo(u)ld, mo(u)lt, plow/plough, sulfur/sulphur, liquorice/licorice, yog(h)urt (who cares)
  • story, cipher, draft (other form being abandoned in UK)


  • alumin(i)um

doesn't belong because it's not just a spelling difference.


  • judgement, acknowledgement: UK (derivation)

Statistical significance in polls[edit]

Responses in an opinion poll need to be separated by 2σ to be considered significant. (A difference of 2σ gives a 97.7% probability,[2]; a difference of 1.65σ is 95% probable.[3])

The p = 0.1 for 95% significance above a specific percentage is 1.28σ.[4]

From the math ref desk:

The problem of computing mean value and standard deviation for the result of polls is solved here: [[5]]. If the first poll shows X1 ≈ μ1 ± σ1 and the second poll shows X2 ≈ μ2 ± σ2 , then compute the difference X = X1 − X2 ≈ (μ1 ± σ1) − (μ2 ± σ2) = (μ1 − μ2) ± √(σ12 + σ22) = μ ± σ . Compute the quotient U = μ/σ . If, say, U=2.7, then try with input CDF[NormalDistribution[0, 1], 2.7] , and get the probability 0.996533. Bo Jacoby (talk) 06:37, 22 April 2014 (UTC).

The sampling error z for 95% confidence (p=0.05) is 1.96σ. Thus the above would be 0.653 and 0.842 z.

Edit window[edit]

To do[edit]

  • ISO updates: merge Kadazan/Dusun, split 2 varieties off to Rungus. PNG SL.
  • S.Twa also indigenous, like Kwisi etc. (Inskepe). Kwisi may have once had cattle?
  • expand kantenji

maybe fix language infobox so E17 fn's in eg Kagwahiva language link better. maybe code-link (name) as w Glotto.

Language updates now that Glottolog codes finished

finish Pama–Nyungan languages classfj

Papi languages broke up, Suarmin language unclassified; note Glotto:sepik on why trimmed down

fix Sak language: glotto includes Pyu & rem. Taman (split/merge Bodo-Garo too?)

fix Tibeto-Kinauri languages vs. West Himalayish languages

rem. Kaike, Bhoti, Tukpa from Kinnauri languages

fix Zeme languages when rem. spurious

why Sua language + Mbulungish language?

break up Kwomtari languages

update Grass languages, Duna–Pogaya languages

red links Bahinemo languages

dbl check East Tucanoan languages

break up Central Plateau languages

fix Iwam languages

merge Mambiloid languages unclass.

break up Banggi languages?

break up Li'o language per classification

redo tree in lang box for Flores languages

does Baloi language not belong in libi1251 Ngiri language?

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I, Ling.Nut award this very overdue Linguist's barnstar to Kwamikagami. Thanks for making the Internet not suck.
Thanks for taking an interest in the language families of South America - they really need a hand! ·Maunus·ƛ· 08:32, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
I, Ikiroid, award this Barnstar to Kwami for helping me with effectively editing language pages.
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I think you deserve a golden fire extinguisher for helping me deal with that misguided revolutionary Serendipodous 10:47, 27 June 2008 (UTC)
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Presented for your creation of the Malagasy IPA pages and your tireless transcription efforts. Thank you! Lemurbaby (talk) 11:44, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
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For your contributions to File:IPA chart 2005.png (better seen in the English Wikipedia logs since the move to Commons). In taking linguistics courses as an undergraduate, having a printout-size and easy-to-find IPA reference was indispensable. I will probably be finding printouts of this file mixed in with my college papers for decades to come; that's just how often I used it. —/Mendaliv//Δ's/ 22:31, 7 December 2010 (UTC)
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For your continued good work in articles on languages. Thank you. Drmies (talk) 00:55, 27 July 2011 (UTC)
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I hope the script story will have a happy end :-) Bogdan Nagachop (talk) 21:47, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
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Hi there,

I noticed that you edited an article that I created (Chay Shegog) and edited the pronunciation. I am a Shegog myself. I'm not bothered about your change at all. The emphasis is how you wrote it so shi-GOG. I noticed that you have done some stuff related to American Indians on Wikipedia. Are you of Native American descent? I've done some research and there is some evidence to suggest that the name Shegog is taken from zhigaag (so like Chicago with two g's and no 'o') which means skunk in the Ojibwe language. But all Shegog's I know pronounce it with a short -og similar to dog. Thanks, Shegan AGirl1191 (talk) 04:16, 6 March 2012 (UTC)

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Thanks for your recent run of newly-created language articles, and for your efforts to improve the encyclopedia. Northamerica1000(talk) 17:28, 17 March 2012 (UTC)
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For your past excellent service as Administrator, and a sad reminder that sometimes ARBCOM can blow it - big time.

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Most sincere gratitude for your invaluable contributions to Hindi-Urdu related articles on English Wikipedia. Forever indebted to you -and wikipedia of course- for telling it like it is.. Amazing how you never gave up and went thru all the troubles dealing with zealots. Bravo! You're one of the inspirations that led to the genesis of edge.walker (talk) 22:01, 11 August 2012 (UTC)
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For your contributions to the Wikipedia:Manual of Style and especially for your contributions to Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Text formatting. Moreover, in providing examples of how to implemented the Manual in text editing and your great cooperation with me! Magioladitis (talk) 22:54, 9 November 2012 (UTC)
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For your WP rules following Saraikistan (talk) 18:41, 4 January 2013 (UTC)
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For your linguistic contributions. We will carry on this professional discussion later because I will be off now. Regards Maria0333 (talk) 07:59, 7 February 2013 (UTC)
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For all-round good work, but especially this edit. Keep it up! Green Giant (talk) 09:12, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
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Dear Kwamikagami, thank you for all of your amazing contributions to language related articles. Your contributions are making a difference here on Wikipedia! Keep up the good work! With regards, AnupamTalk 21:25, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
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For your work over at Public opinion of same-sex marriage in the United States, the article looks vastly improved and I am happy to see there was an agreement made on the results. =) Knowledgekid87 (talk) 00:46, 25 April 2014 (UTC)
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These are just some barnstars for some of the many amazing things you do here on Wikipedia, I don't know what this site would do without you. Abrahamic Faiths (talk) 21:06, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
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For working to help close RfCs and reduce the backlog. Wugapodes (talk) 00:54, 5 August 2015 (UTC)