Announced earlier this week, Microsoft will be launching a real time babel fish-like language translator for Skype later this year. Microsoft has already well integrated Skype into its business and personal suite, making it indispensable for communicating and collaborating. But later this year, it’s going to get even better and more global with the addition of real time language translation. Talk to business partners in China, talk to your old Greek grandmother, talk to friends in Spanish or German, in real time, and hope that the translation comes out good enough that you don’t start some kind of international conflict when you accidentally insult someone’s mother.
While it may seem that language is language, and whatever people name things are just what they are—descriptions. While that’s essentially true, how people in different languages express the world around them affects the way they think. From Zuni speakers being unable to tell the difference between orange and yellow because they only have one word for both to how people in Scandinavia perceive gender, it comes down to how their language is structured.
The words cunty, cuntish, cunted and cunting are now part of the OED. Should make for a fun game of Scrabble
Among nine hundred new entries and subentries to the Oxford English Dictionary are four variations of the word cunt— “cunty”, “cuntish”, “cunted” and “cunting”. So the next time you’re playing Scrabble with the family, throw down the word “cuntish”… it may not be the best letter combination, but it’ll give you a chance to show off your cunning linguistics.