Seventy five years ago, the game of Scrabble was invented, and in those 75 years, the letter values haven’t really changed. But is a Q still the same value as a Q seventy five years ago? One researcher thinks not, and would like Scrabble to alter the letter values in the game based on the actually frequency of how they are used.
In the world of linguistics, English has almost always been classified as a West Germanic language, in the same family a German, Dutch and Frisian. However, a pair of cunning linguists are now arguing that English is actually a Scandinavian language, more related to Swedish, Danish and Norwegian.
In the most awesome animal news you’ll hear all week, a beluga whale named “Noc” at the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program in San Diego, California learned, and adapted its own whale voice to try and sound like a human in an attempt to cross the human-whale lingual divide.
It won’t be long that going to a foreign country where you don’t speak the language won’t require fumbling through thick phrase books to try and understand and be understood. In the near future, your glasses or contacts could translate language on the fly and display the translated text in from of your face. It might seem kind of like cheating, but I imagine it’s also a really good way to learn a language.
Moving one step closer to a Babel fish-like translator, Google recently announced that the Translate app for Android would be getting optical character recognition (OCR) technology that would let you translate text from photos. So if you’re at a Chinese restaurant and you want to know what’s on the Chinese menu, just point, snap and read it in your language of choice.
Today’s discussion comes from an anon, who wants to know what you think is the sexiest accent in the whole wide world? British? Scottish? Australian? Middle Eastern?
And because someone’s going to ask, the lady above is Melissa Clarke and she’s British.