Have you seen our numbers lately? Forvo is nearing an important milestone by closing in on 3 million pronunciations on its site, and we can’t wait to hear what the 3 millionth word will be. Will it be a wild card out of the Pashto section? Or perhaps another ‘hello’ greeting us from afar? Here are our theories:
Theory 1: Merry Christmas – see our post from Most Pronounced Words of 2014. If statistics mean anything, our money is on some translation of yuletide well-wishing.
Theory 2: Happy New Year in Bengali – Holidays are always a strong contender, and the Bengali New Year is only a few weeks away. Plus, you have over 245 million people in Bengal- case in point.
Theory 3: Expletives – ‘Mierda’ seems most likely since it hits close to home and there are already 31 ways to pronounce it in Forvo, but perhaps a user from a far off country we will enlighten us with their translation of poop in one of the other 323 languages we host on Forvo.
Theory 4: A horse with a weird name – Does anyone know why racing horses have such odd names?
Theory 5: (Something involving a current event) As so much of what we search for online is in the moment, this is probably the strongest theory out of the five. But what the future will bring, who knows.
Those are some of our guesses – what are yours?