All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘language’

Explore Twitter in LOLCAT, If That’s Your Thing

TWITTR HAS JUS ADDD NEW LANGUAGE, AN IZ TEH LANGUAGE OV TEH LOLCATS. LOOK: Happeh Fridai! U can nao change ur language 2 lolcat in Settings. Hope u liek it. twitter.com/settings twitter.com/twitter/status… — Twitter (@twitter) February 8, 2013 HEERS WUT IT LOOKZ LIEK IN DA SETTINGS: [If none of this made sense, Twitter has added lolcat as a new language. …

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Siri May Be Getting Wittier, as Apple Hunts for a Writer

When Apple first launched Siri, iOS’ personal voice assistant, usefulness and functionality took a back seat to “omg a robot is saying funny stuff to me,” at least with a lot of users. We quickly discovered that Siri had quite a few easter eggs, hidden responses that could be elicited with certain queries. Open the pod bay doors, Siri… It …

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Etsy Launches In Spanish With Help From Former Craigslist/Yahoo Engineer

Etsy announced today that the site is launching in Spanish, which has been a long time coming from the sound of it. The company says it has had a high number of sellers who opened their shops from Spanish-speaking countries, though does not provide any specific numbers. Etsy also says there has been a steady increase in shipments to Spain …

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Guy Fakes Mexican Accent for an Entire College Semester, Wins Troll Points

I think I took Speech 101 back in college. You probably did too. It’s the kind of class that’s required by many majors at most universities – the kind of class that you probably bemoan waking up for every morning, but ends up being a fairly easy credit at the end of the day. I don’t know, maybe my Speech …

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2012 Was the Year of “Bluster,” Says Dictionary.com

In the past, we’ve let you know when words inspired by modern tech or internet culture become part of official dictionaries. No matter how you feel about the internet’s effect on language (it’s bastardization!), you have to admit that it’s kind of interesting when the Oxford Dictionaries add ZOMG or NSFW to the list, or Merriam-Webster adds “sexting” to its …

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You Did It, Internet: GIF Declared Word of the Year

GIFs: They’re so hot right now. You know them. You love them. They power reddit and Tumblr. They’re the perfect way to express a wide range of emotions and reactions, or simply a quick and easy way to cut to the chase and display the most important parts of any online video. Today, the Oxford American Dictionaries have proclaimed GIF …

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Gmail Gets Over 100 New Input Tools

Google announced today that it is adding over 100 virtual keyboards, transliteration and IMEs (input method editors) to Gmail, giving users tools to type in different languages and keyboard layouts for improved international communication. “Finding the right words can be difficult, especially across languages, and once you choose them, finding a way to type them can be even harder,” says …

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Oxford Dictionaries Online Add “Ridic,” “Mwahahaha,” and Then Fittingly, “Douche”

The Oxford Dictionaries Online are an arm of the Oxford English Dictionary, with a slight difference. While the OED shows how words and meanings have changed over times, the ODO “focuses on the current language and practical usage.” So it would make sense the ODO would try to keep up with the latest slang (read: bastardization of the English language). …

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Sexting, F-Bomb, and Mash-up Added to the Dictionary

As a word nerd, it’s always fun to see new words enter the lexicon. Language is constantly evolving, and every so often our dictionaries must adapt to the changing landscape. And a lot of the time, that means creating official entries for words engendered from pop culture, technology, and the internet. Now, if you look through the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, …

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Google Moves Further Away From Keyword Dependence

It seems that June, for Google, was all about improving how the search engine deals with natural language. On Friday, Google released a giant list of changes it made over the course of June and July. There were 86 entries on the list. Ten of them were specifically about natural language search improvements, and nine out of those ten were …

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Google Helps Save Bikya, Seneca, & More Endangered Languages

According to UNESCO, at least 43% of the estimated 6,000 languages spoken around the world are facing extinction, and that’s only including the languages they actually have data on. Many of these languages are in remote regions of the world but there are also several that, despite being spoken in very industrialized countries, are still on the verge of disappearing …

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Most Internet Users Search Web in Multiple Languages

The latest factoid to be pulled out of Greenlight’s “Search & Social Survey (2011-2012),” a global survey of 500 people that sought out information about user experiences and behaviors, reveals that many people around the world conduct online searches in more than one language. 76% of the study’s participants claimed that they search for information on the internet in two …

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