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DefinedMeaning talk:scratch (6047)

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The current def ("To rub a surface with a sharp object, especially by a living creature to remove itching with nails, claws, etc.") is problematic. Firstly, "scratch" and "itch" use each other to define themselves, so there is a problem of circularity. Secondly, to scratch is typically understood to mean scratching the skin, not just a "surface". You can scratch a surface too, but that is a different meaning. Thirdly, scratching does not necessarily have to be in response to itching, you may scratch your skin to remove some paint, for example. I suggest "To rub or scrape lightly (a part of the body) with a sharp object (e.g. to relieve itching)" --InfoCan 18:16, 26 March 2012 (CEST)

Ok with your suggestions, except maybe for the word "lightly". When you remove paint, or when you scratch an itch too much (until it bleeds), I would still use the verb "scratch", but not really say that it's done lightly. Or?
Then if you change the definition as you suggest, we also need to add another DM (to scratch a surface), because I think actually that the current DM tried to combine the two def in a single one (but I agree that they would need to be separated). --Kip 22:11, 29 March 2012 (CEST)

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  • The definition in language "nld" (Dutch) is out of sync.
  • The definition in language "deu" (German) is out of sync.
  • The definition in language "ksh" (Kölsch) is out of sync.
  • The definition in language "nov" (Novial) is out of sync.
  • The definition in language "swe" (Swedish) is out of sync.