User talk:Macdonald-ross

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Every now & then we get editors changing words on the basis of their ideas on what is simple. Words also have to be accurate (we are an encyclopedia).

  • Big: certainly simple and popular with children, but a term almost never to be used about living things. Is a giraffe bigger than an elephant? Think about it. It is almost always better to use a more exact word, such as longer, heavier. Is a star big? Does that mean its apparent size or its intrinsic size? Ditto stars being bright.
  • Rich is an ambiguous word. A cake can be rich, and a person can be rich. However, only a person can be wealthy, so prefer that word. Neither word is on the extended list of simple words, incidentally, so use the more precise word.
  • Very: another childhood favourite. In spoken English it is an intensifier, but it has almost no function in prose. It may be the most frequent word copy editors cut out as redundant.
  • Die: we all die, but species become extinct.
Now here's the tricky bit. Technically, a species which is not extinct is extant. Extant is the opposite of extinct. However it is a very rare word, and we use the common word "living". So we talk about living species. It sounds natural, and is right for us.
  • Animal: that includes jellyfish and beetles. If you mean mammals, say so.
  • Reside: On Simple you don't reside somewhere, you live there.
  • Rare: an essential word in ecology, and supported by definitions in the literature. Steaks can also be rare, but that would not be good to use on Simple.

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Hello @Macdonald-ross can you see this page OneStream Live and let me know if it is ok for main space and thanks Skymansky3 (talk) 11:31, 17 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Language is very complex. Macdonald-ross (talk) 11:34, 17 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
okay i will change the language Skymansky3 (talk) 11:35, 17 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Check again please and let me your idea Skymansky3 (talk) 11:39, 17 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
and thanks @Macdonald-ross Skymansky3 (talk) 11:54, 17 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
please cehck this Wikipedia:Requests for deletion/Requests/2024/OneStream Live Skymansky3 (talk) 13:33, 17 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Chlamydia pneumoniae[change source]

Why did you put the title of the page in quotes? I even checked on desktop to make sure it wasnt for italics W;ChangingUsername (talk) 18:31, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Because it is obviously a taxonomic title, and they belong in italics, whereas other titles do not. I can't help what other people do with other titles. (Not "quotes", italics)
Macdonald-ross (talk) 19:08, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
The article has the title: "Chlamydia pnumoniae" W;ChangingUsername (talk) 19:47, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Wiki markup doesn't work in article titles. I moved it back and added {{italictitle}} instead. -- Auntof6 (talk) 11:35, 21 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you :) W;ChangingUsername (talk) 11:41, 21 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

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