Probably not many people know that Google is involved in a project to save over 3,000 endangered languages across the world. What, you all did? Well, never mind.
As a world leader in communication, Google is showing that it cares about cultural diversity and linguistic heritage in an increasingly globalised society – a good cause and good PR.
However, this idea could go even further. We continually borrow words from other languages e.g. the French took “sandwich” from us and we adopted “angst” from the Germans.
So what about “Mamihlapinatapei” from the near-extinct Chilean Yaghan language? It means “the wordless yet meaningful look shared by two people who both desire to initiate something but are both reluctant to start.” With words like that, you could get a whole novel’s worth of ideas into a single Tweet!
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