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Facebook building dictionary of slang terms

Facebook building dictionary of slang terms

New York: Social media giant Facebook (FB) is reportedly working on a software that will be capable of building a dictionary of slang terms used on the social networking website.

This software will scan for unique words used in FB posts and comments, and determine if these words have a individual meaning among a small group of people, The Verge reported.

According to the concession filing, “The software will look for the repeated use of particular words among users who share certain attributes, like language and location. Once the software has determined that a neologism isn’t yet largely associated with a particular description, it will add the word to a glossary of terms.”

If a word begins shrinking in popularity, it would be removed. Words could also be added to the glossary based on user polls.

The patent filing also specified the possibility of an interface that would allow users to add, remove, and edit words in the dictionary, however, the glossary objects is just a concept and FB may never build it.

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