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Old 10-20-2006, 11:58 AM
Darius Wey
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Default Zune Drops an F-Bomb?

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/10/18/HNzunehebrew_1.html' target='_blank'>http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/10/18/HNzunehebrew_1.html</a><br /><br /></div><span style="font-style: italic;">&quot;</span><span style="font-style: italic;" class="artText">Microsoft&rsquo;s forthcoming <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/09/14/HNmszunexmas_1.html">digital music player, dubbed Zune</a>, may make some Hebrew speakers gasp. The name for the device -- which will take on the Apple iPod when released later this year -- sounds like a vulgarity, specifically the &quot;f&quot; word, in Hebrew... </span><span class="artText"><span style="font-style: italic;">Hebrew linguists are divided over Zune. Tsila Ratner, the head of Hebrew courses in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London, says Zune is an unsuitable name for a product. However, Haggit Inbar-Littas, a 30-year veteran Hebrew teacher with the London Jewish Cultural Center, says while the name is &quot;ridiculous&quot; and close to the bad word, it&rsquo;s unlikely to be mistaken.&quot;</span><br /> <br /> I guess it's never easy coming up with a product name. As hard as a company may try to catch any unwanted interpretations, something always slips through the cracks.<br /> </span>
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