Rival to the Google throne proves to be the nuts

New search engine Cuil claims its name means “knowledge” in Irish, saying on its website, “Cuil is an old Irish word for knowledge. For knowledge, ask Cuil.” 

But a search of the word in an online dictionary turns up different results, and the translation has caused confusion in an Irish language online forum, with one user saying, “Too bad they did not come to us first!”

As a noun it means “rear”, according to the dictionary. Adding on accents can lead to different meanings, such as fly (the insect), corner or nook, and hazel (the nut). But not many Irish language enthusiasts seem to agree with knowledge as a translation. 

The news might not instil Cuil’s users with confidence – and “For nuts, ask Cuil” does not have quite the same ring to it.