Amazingly enough, this term comes up on the first page of Google results for the phrase, despite being totally empty when I just visited it (though it is already on crunchysaviour's list). Bob's your uncle!
1) It would be great to have access to the layered data that wordnet exposes (links through to hypernyms, hyponyms, &c by definition).
2) likewise, I want a way to link one definition to another across sources -- so that 8 sources with 72 (naively aggregated) total senses can be compressed down to 13 different senses...
3) which means having 'sense' as a first-class citizen among data types. sense is the level at which most translations are meaningfully made, so this is important to adding good translations without duplicating information.
3.5) if you have one data element per sense, you can also take in structured data from projects such as OmegaWiki (if you can manage a licensing arrangement).
"Reform No. 4. -- a great reform in the character of the soldier will be effected by having every soldier ... honorably marked with indelible ink on the fore-arm... two dots, oo, or a line, -----, or a chevron, < ... signifying an honorably enlisted soldier. These men when they come to re-enlist will be recognized as having been honorable soldiers... Now, this simple escutcheoning will remedy a great evil. To-day the land is full of deserters..." -- Congressional serial set, Issue 1709, US Gov Printing Office (http://tr.im/Qt0v)
Is there a way to comment on examples or flag them for deletion?
(1) bourbaki shows an example which is a) no longer available from its source link, and b) not a good example; though it appears as one for almost every word in that arbitrary list. (hopefully all deletable on the backend in one fell swoop)
(2) antivirals has an 'example' from _Dragons of Autumn Twilight_, though it does not appear in the quoted string (nor I believe anywhere in the work).
I'd like deletion to always be possible, by both the original user and by site admins. I'd like deletion to result in replacing the comment with a small, perhaps gray-text "comment by deleted by poster" or "...deleted by john".
this will take up less space on the page than if I go back and blank a comment; and can be shown in some unobtrusive way that doesn't interfere with someone reading a thread in the future.
This is now, with disambiguation, topping my favorites list. From the OED:
..on conscionable: "Found with its compounds, and CONSCIONED, in first half of 16th c. These, with CONSCIONLESS, appear to be popular formations from conscion, taken as a singular of conscien-ce (see note to the latter)."
on conscien-ce: "In the 15-16th c., the word appears to have been often, by reason of its final s sound, associated with plurals like wits, brains, bowels, as patience is still in dialects. Cf. the illiterate spellings consions, conchons, etc.: hence apparently conscion- in CONSCIONABLE, CONSCIONED, CONSCIONLESS. "
I love it. Definitely used in speech (I use it a few times a year, without thinking about it), and the origin of some great com-fauxing-pounds, but invisible in print!
A good example of why examples need to be clustered. All of the 'Dragons' examples should be under one larger heading, and all other examples under another 'English usage' heading. especially since the dicdefs don't list "evil creature spawned from Weis and Hickman's imagination" as an option.
And examples, too, are in the midst of being retooled--the weirdness you've noted lately should all be fixed when we release the next set of updates. Not exactly sure when that'll be, but hopefully by early next week.