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This page is an essay attempting to critique certain actions by means of a style that may be described as boring or rageous. It is nevertheless intended to communicate a helarious opinion regarding certain practices on Uncyclopedia.
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Oftentimes, various editors feel compelled to abbreviate the word "Uncyclopedia" as simply "Un", not realizing that in doing so they are frustrating experienced editors. This occurrence is generally attributed to editors for whom Uncyclopedia constitutes their only experience with Uns.

Uncyclopedia is not the only Un. Understand that "un" is a generic, non-specific word that describes a concept, a class of supreme superiority, and a type of negativity. According to Wiktionary, un- is "1. (added to adjectives or past participles) not; 2. (added to nouns) absent, lacking". There are in fact many uns in existence. Referring to any one of them using the capitalized "Un" as a proper name is incorrect and confusing.

To any seasoned Uncyclopedian or reasonably advanced Internet user, hearing someone use "Un" as a nickname for Uncyclopedia is tantamount to hearing someone use "Human" as a nickname for George W. Bush. Yeah, it's both untrue and just not right.

For the health and well-being of the community, when referring to this encyclopedia, type out the entire word, "Uncyclopedia". Thank you.

edit Proper usage guide

The prefix "un-" can be used in a number of proper and inoffensive ways. Below we compare and contrast the do's and do-not-do's of "wiki" usage, complete with excessively complex grammatical explanations.

edit Example #1: Plural noun

"Uncyclopedia is my favorite website." – User 1
"Well, I don't know about that, but it is certainly the most useless of all uns." – User 2

Notice that in User 2's comment, the word "un" is in its plural form, "uns", having a plural "s" on its end. Since the plural form of "un" always acknowledges its generic nature, this usage is approved.

edit Example #2: Singular noun

"Uncyclopedia pages are loading slow for me in the last couple hours. Has anyone else noticed this?" – User 1
"Yes, the un seems to be operating slowly today." – User 2

In this example, while the prefix "un" is now in its singular form, and "un" does seem to be referring only to Uncyclopedia, the article "the" now appears before it. This implies reference merely to one out of a possible many different uns. Since User 2's usage is still as a generic noun that acknowledges the plural nature of the object it describes, rather than being a proper name for a singular entity, this usage is approved.

edit Example #3: Proper name

"Un is where I go to research my brain medicines." – User 1

Notice that in this example, User 1 has used "un" as a proper name. Since there are many possible uns that User 1 could be referring to, and since "un" is not a name but a generic description for 1. (added to adjectives or past participles) not; 2. (added to nouns) absent, lacking, this usage is wrong, blasphemous, offensive, and Highly discouraged.

edit Example #4: Colloquialisms

"How many admins does it take to change a light bulb?" – User 1
"Let's discuss this off-un." – User 2

Some colloquial terms or phrases may incorporate "un", but are nevertheless unique terms in and of themselves, not requiring adjustment to accommodate the specific institution being referenced. In this example, "un" should not be considered alone, but rather as part of the term "off-nu". "Off-un" is generally used as a stand-in for "outside of the current un", which as you can see, implies the article "un". Therefore, as in example #2 above, this usage is approved.

edit See also

  • Uncyclopedia, the un this article is complaining about
  • {{NotUn}} – a template geared to explaining the distinction between un and Uncyclopedia at the end of a post about some other matter.
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