Monthly Archives: May 2012

The ambiguity of “or”

One of the most curious ambiguities that I know of is the two different meanings of the connective “or”. It’s got an “inclusive” and an “exclusive” meaning, and both of them coexist happily in everyday English. Which of the two is intended in a particular case is usually clarified from the context. Among the reasons […]

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Communicating Between Countries Just Got Easier

Last Tuesday, Google announced that its email service, Gmail will soon include the option to have emails automatically translated. Although this option had been previously available via Gmail Labs, where Google tests out different features, now this option will appear for all Gmail users. This new feature has important implications for people emailing across languages, […]

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Do Aliens dream of electric ships?

Planet Earth. Saturday 12th September 2048. Huge spaceship. Humongous. Hovering over Sao Paulo, USB(1). A few others in other big cities. Finally they are here! They send us a message but nobody understands what it means. Quickly, let’s get in touch with Trusted Translations, the one and only translation services in the world now. “Can […]

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Fashionable Jargon

I recently noticed that the people who keep close watch on the various trends in clothing design tend to use a very specific vocabulary, one which often lies outside the areas of specialization of technical translators. Also, many fashion-related elements—from garments to fabric patterns and prints—are referred to by their English, French, or Italian names […]

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What Do You Know About Sign Language and the Deaf Community?

Until recently, it seems like The Miracle Worker (the story of Helen Keller), was about the first and last I came across the issue of deafness; though impressionable, this fleeting fourth grade reading requirement blurred in my memory shortly thereafter. And the reality is, I think most everyone can relate. So when I began working […]

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