This time around, they decided to watch what happened between the hours of 09:00 and 11:00, when the exam was taking place. They took the three most-searched words and – on the assumption that they were related to the test – completely changed the definitions for each one, the Republica news website reports.
The Romanian word “pretutindeni” means “everywhere”, but anyone searching for it on the DEX site on Monday morning would have found it defined as “eternal or forever”. The verb “to spot” someone or something was also amended, with its meaning given as “to rush”.
There were only nine searches for those two words in the hour before the exam started, but the number soon began to soar, with hundreds of requests while the test was taking place, the DEX administrators say. It transpires that both words did feature in the exam, in a question that required students to define their meaning.
The third word that appeared abnormally popular, “treachery”, wasn’t actually on the test. The DEX administrators assumed it was and changed its definition, but later discovered that it had been used by a well-known Romanian author in a blog post that morning, something they call an “unfortunate coincidence”.
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