Posted by: sawyerlaw | October 26, 2009

What’s the word for….?

Translation fun! I am using the latest version of Apple’s Safari browser. To the right of the address bar is a Google search bar. As I begin to type my search query, a drop down menu appears with recommended words and phrases based on my partially completed word or phrase. These are ranked according to the most popular search terms (I assume). Often they are useful, and sometimes produce funny or insightful results. I wanted to find the French word for melon, but after typing only “the french word for”, I became distracted by the word selections:

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I decided to run the query for other languages. There’s a lot to discuss here, but I’ll wait to hear what you find interesting as you form your own opinions. Also, I know that “Mexican” and “Jewish” aren’t languages, but that just makes them all the more clever finds. Here are the results:

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