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Your Smartphone Dictionary Goes Gangnam Style


On the surface, the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano, and Fukubukuro—a Japanese New Year’s custom whereby merchants sell grab bags of goods—seem completely unrelated.

As it happens, “Crowdfunding,” “Pagano,” and “Fukubukuro” are among the most popular new terms being typed by users of Swype’s predictive typing smartphone app. And a new crowdsourced feature, Living Language, allows users to contribute such words to a shared collaborative dictionary. This promises to make typing easier, and awkward auto-complete errors less common.

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