Wikipedia:WikiProject Linguistics/Etymology

Welcome to the Etymology Task Force! This task force is a part of WikiProject Linguistics, and is aimed at improving Wikipedia's coverage of etymology. The scope of this task force includes articles about etymology itself and related topics (e.g. etymology, loanword), articles about the origins of particular words (e.g. List of U.S. state name etymologies, names of the Greeks), and etymology sections within articles on other topics (e.g. Ginkgo biloba#Etymology).


If you wish to participate in WikiProject Etymology, please add your name to the list below and introduce yourself on the project talk page. You can also add {{User Etymology}} to your user page, and your name will automatically appear on the Etymology Task Force members list.

Open tasksEdit

Current projectsEdit

  • At the moment, a number of editors are trying to standardize the etymologies for words ending in -logy. If you want to be involved in this project, please join the discussion on the talk page of -logy.


Featured content  Edit

Good articles  Edit

Articles needing attentionEdit

Please feel free to list here whole articles or sections of articles where the treatment of etymology requires particular attention.

New articlesEdit

Please feel free to list newly created etymology-related articles here (newest at the top). Interesting or unusual etymologies can be suggested for the Did you know? box on the Main Page; see Template talk:Did you know.

  • Please check out new article on Robert Pembroke. Cheers! --Technopat (talk) 17:58, 15 June 2010 (UTC)
  • Has anyone seen the Classical article? It was a disambiguation page but I've beefed it up a bit and it now attempts to cover the etymology of the word and explain how the different meanings of the word are related. Maybe you could say it is being etymological about its disambiguation. Yaris678 (talk) 17:30, 10 March 2009 (UTC)


WikiProject Linguistics templateEdit

If an entire page is within the scope of the task force, the corresponding talk page should be tagged with the template {{WikiProject Linguistics|etymology=yes}}.

WikiProject Linguistics / Etymology  (Rated Project-class)
This page is within the scope of WikiProject Linguistics, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of linguistics on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
  Project  This page does not require a rating on the project's quality scale.
This page is supported by Etymology Task Force.

The task force uses the standard WikiProject assessment criteria. For the |class= parameter, use |class=FA/A/GA/B/Start/Stub/NA, and for the |importance= parameter, use |importance=Top/High/Mid/Low/NA.

Etymology section templateEdit

If only a part of an article is within the scope of the task force (e.g. an etymology section), use the template {{Etymology section|class=class|importance=importance}}.

  • The |class= parameter has three possible values, "good", "incomplete", and "missing".
    • |class=good is for articles whose etymologies are complete and reliably referenced.
    • |class=incomplete is for articles where an etymology is given, but is unreferenced, or only one etymology is given when there are multiple possibilities.
    • |class=missing is for articles that don't give an etymology, but should.
  • The importance scale uses the usual importance values (Top/High/Mid/Low/NA), but is assigned in a slightly different way from other WikiProjects. It is based on how many other articles link to the article. This can be found by clicking "What links here", and is mapped to importance as follows:
    • |importance=top is for articles with more than 250 references to them (i.e. more than 5 pages of links in the "What links here" page)
    • |importance=high is for articles with more than 50 references, or more than 1 page of links in the "What links here" page
    • |importance=mid is for articles with 10 or more references
    • |importance=low is for articles with less than 10 references

User templateEdit

The template {{User Etymology}} can be placed on the user pages of members of the project.

Other templatesEdit

The template {{Etymology}} may be used to format etymologies within article text.


Articles about a particular word's etymology should be placed in Category:Etymologies or one of its subcategories.

Articles dealing with the field of etymology itself belong in Category:Etymology


Related projectsEdit

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