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: not a good word because it is ambiguous. A cake can be just as rich as a person. 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.
  • 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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Deleting pages at RfDEdit

If you're going to close a page currently at requests for deletion, please remember to close it. Also, please try not to delete pages at RfD where you have been involved in the discussion. Thanks, --Ferien (talk) 11:15, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]

You also forgot to close this one today: Wikipedia:Requests for deletion/Requests/2021/User:Krasheduzzamanrafi. If you don't know how to close RfDs, it's relatively simple. Add {{archive top}} (substituted) to the top of the page and {{archive bottom}} (also substituted) to the bottom of the page. Below the archive top part, put {{deleted}} or {{kept}} depending on the consensus, or just say "Quickly deleted" if you have quickly deleted the page, and sign your message. Thanks, --Ferien (talk) 16:34, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Please take a glance...Edit

Hello Macdonald-ross,

when you have the time, can you take a glance at Circadian clock. I started with internal clock, but later moved the article. As I understand, most of these clocks are circadian. Thank you. --Eptalon (talk) 10:40, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]

  • Serves me right for not checking. We now have two pages, one called Circadian rhythm, the other called Circadian clock. I'll merge them tomorrow. They are on virtually the same topic. The one bright spot is that so does En wiki! The distinction between rhythm and clock is almost meaningless, because both need to be covered in the article. Macdonald-ross (talk) 18:32, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Didn't get it done today, but will work on it tomorrow. Macdonald-ross (talk) 18:08, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]


Hello, could you please block ASAP for ongoing vandalism? Has been vandalising for many days but no action taken on VIP. Cheers, Hockeycatcat (talk) 09:34, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]