DefinedMeaning talk:scratch (6047)
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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