In the chance that you haven’t been hibernating with the bears for the winter, you’re likely one of the millions to have become increasingly consumed by the excitement of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The sporting world and beyond was buzzing for months in anticipation, and during the Games recounts of gold medalists leaping for joy on the podium flooded the media. From the underdog Jamaican bobsled team making its first appearance in 12 years to the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team shutting down Slovenia with a hat trick heard ‘round the world, it’s been all smiles in chilly Sochi.
Even more, it’s been nearly impossible to turn on the TV, check your Twitter feed, or open your email without seeing at least one reference to the Games. At Nuance, we saw the news play out across a different forum – Swype’s Living Language dictionary, in which crowdsourced words and phrases are analyzed in real-time, continuously updating Swype’s language dictionaries. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve curated a list of some of the top trending words that have been added to Swype’s Living Language dictionary related to the Winter Olympics, including those sourced from external media sources and those that were generated organically by Swype users who have opted into the cloud-based feature.
For example, the first medal ever awarded for the popular new event ‘slopestyle’ and news’ correspondent Bob Costas’ eye infection that forced NBC to bring in a replacement news anchor were both hot topics that were both picked up by Swype’s Living Language feature. By looking at the charts below, you can see how significant spikes in number of mentions directly correspond to a certain day’s activity. The word “slopestyle,” for example, initially spiked on February 7th when that event marked the first gold medal to be handed out at the Games. Mentions of Sage Kotsenburg – the gold medalist of slopestyle – peaked at just about the same time. News of Costas’ famous eye infection didn’t spread (pun intended) until days later though, which shows up around February 11th.
Swype’s Olympics-themed words don’t stop there though; we’ve been seeing many others athletes, events and locations pop up as well. Medal winners (or likely contenders) such as Noelle Pikus-Pace, Lolo Jones and Beat Hefti have been added to Swype’s dictionary and venues such as “Fisht” Stadium “Shayba” Arena, or the Rosa “Khutor” mountain resort are also among the newly-available word selection.
With Swype Living Language, users have the ability to seamlessly write, speak or tap trending words and phrases that have been generated through crowd-sourced data, just like what has happened during the Olympics. Living language enables users to have a more personalized and intelligent keyboard experience that learns and adapts based on what’s being talked about so you can worry about being in the moment, rather than battle spell-check.
If you want to be in-the-know with real-time trending words and phrases, enabling Swype’s Living Language feature is quick and easy. Just navigate to Swype’s settings, select ‘Language Options’ and then enable ‘Living Language’ to get started, or in newer versions of Swype go to Swype Settings, and then ‘My Words.’
Want to give it a try? Download Swype on Google Play now.