* Photo courtesy of SCIFI.COM blogs
Microsoft's potential iPod competitor The Zune apparently means "Penis" Or "Vagina" in Canadian French.
Comments on the focus group findings:
CANADA.COM article about Zune Meaning In Canadian French Slang
A Microsoft spokeswoman in Montreal told CanWest News Service that `it was pointed out to us'' during focus groups in the province that the proposed brand name sounded much like a French-Canadian term used as a euphemism for penis or vagina.
The French word `zoune'' and the variant `bizoune'' typically serve as a less jolting way of referring to male or female genitalia when addressing children.
`It's very much slang,'' said Nathalie Bergeron, noting that the words are not common parts of French-Canadian vocabulary.
`Microsoft did do extensive customer research in Quebec,'' Bergeron added, and concluded that the name Zune was `very effective'' and posed no risk of becoming known as an embarrassing double entendre.
`It's quite a stretch,'' she said.
Since we're being picky about names and their implications to bathroom humor or genitalia: iPod does start " I - P".
I need to go to the bathroom ... more later.