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|English to English translations [PRO]|
Social Sciences - International Org/Dev/Coop / political, especially foreign aid and development aid
|English term or phrase: lack of Cupertino|
|This is the context: "Another problem has been the lack of co-ordination among donor countries. The World Bank recently claimed that red tape and lack of Cupertino between donor nations are grossly hampering foreign assistance efforts."|
I found a few instances of this phrase with this exact wording (and this exact spelling, with a capital C on Cupertino!). It seems to be used almost exclusively in a political context; among others, I've found it in a reference from UNESCO, and in a reference from NATO.
The context seems to indicate that "lack of Cupertino" is a lack of cooperation. (I've also found a Dutch reference that comes to the exact same conclusion.)
Still, having lived in Cupertino, CA for a number of years, my curiosity is aroused. Does anyone know where this phrase comes from -- and how Cupertino came to be equated with cooperation (but only when it's lacking)?
|English translation:lack of cooperation|
If you type 'cooperation' the spelling checker flags it as a mistake, and its first suggestion is 'Cupertino'. If you then absentmindedly click on "Change all" without first moving down the list of suggestions to highlight 'co-operation', your text will contain phrases like 'Cupertino agreements'.
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Local time: 21:28
|For crying out loud!! After you mentioned it, I did remember that Word does in fact suggest "Cupertino" when you misspell cooperation. I must say, though, I find a certain irony in the fact that a Microsoft product would include in its spellchecker the city where Apple Computers is headquartered. :-)|
Many thanks to all!
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