Feeds

The English language according to Microsoft

New Encarta dictionary snubs the Queen's English

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

According to Microsoft, one is no longer amused by the Queen's English. Bill Gates has made it his quest to get us all saying fanny instead of bottom before the Millennium. British English is obviously outdated and needs a few Americanisms thrown in, so Microsoft has come up with a dictionary of world English. The Encarta World English Dictionary will hit our shores in hard-back next week, and be available on CD-Rom from August. It took 320 experts to come up with this new English Esperanto. And as predicted, Gates has managed to slip in a bit of techy-jargon – such as the word "notwork", a PC network that doesn't work, and "digerati" – the Internet cultural elite. Other gems included are a Gym rat – an exercise fanatic, arm candy – a female escort, and daddy track – a man who works fewer hours to be with his family. In addition, there is the phonetically-challenged "puh-leeze" – which, according to today's Financial Times, is "used facetiously to express astonishment." And we just thought it was spelt wrongly. Non-Americanisms listed are "scungies" – swimming trunks in Australia, and "bazodee" – a word used in the Caribbean when thinking is blurred by psychological chaos. Which is indeed what the English language seems to be in the midst of. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights
Lobbies tetchy MPs 'to end indiscriminate online surveillance'
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.