I’m Just Phubbing Around


Languages are living organisms that update themselves and keep themselves current with our new attitudes and life-styles. English in particular is very good at coming up with new terminology, allowing speakers to increase communication skills and always be “in the loop.” But when we combine our need to communicate with technology, results are not always the best. Even […]

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Translation and Intertextuality: The Importance of Reading between the Lines


We’ve already discussed how instances of intertextuality can be found in all texts, whether literary, political or otherwise, as well as in everyday conversations. By mentioning a quote from a book or a reference to a movie or commercial, every time we communicate we generate millions of connections and create a network of links that […]

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TV’s Most Blatant Grammatical Error and The Future of Translation Technology


“To boldly go where no man has gone before.” Ouch! That split infinitive makes me cringe every time I hear it. And as a fanatic of the Star Trek franchise, I must have heard it over a thousand times. Couldn’t they have proofread the script before sending it in for recording? Did nobody notice? Anyway… […]

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You Had Me at “Hola”


We have already talked about both the importance and relevance of the minority’s vote in the upcoming election. We focused on the role of the Latino/Hispanic vote and how the Republican Party intended to attract them. Now, as promised, it’s time to have a go at the Democrats. While Republicans resorted to the use of […]

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Etymology: The DNA of Words


The word “etymology” comes from the Latin word “etymologĭa” and also the Greek word “ἐτυμολογία,” which is composed of “ἔτυμος étimos” (true sense”), and “λογία” (“the study of”). Therefore, etymology is the study of the meaning of words, or parts thereof. For example, Latin and Greek are two “heavyweights,” as they are the source of […]

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S.O.S.! Translators Needed in the U.S. Presidential Campaign!


In a presidential campaign that has been so unusual by so many standards, it’s no surprise that the role of foreigners within it has brought with it some reproval, linguistically speaking. And before the dust settles from the scandal of the “alleged” plagiarism by the Republican candidate’s wife from the current first lady, when the […]

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Technological Overdependence: A Cautionary Tale


Recent news about the massive computer outage that caused the world’s largest airline to cancel over 4,000 flights should make everyone reconsider the role of information systems and computer tools in their daily work, lest they receive this cruel kind of reminder. We often take for granted the systems we use on a daily basis, […]

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The Challenges Posed by Plurilingual Translation Projects


Translating is a challenge in itself, as expressing the same meaning or conveying the same emotion in two different languages can be a very intricate task. However, this task becomes even more challenging when a text must be translated into several different languages. For project managers, plurilingual projects pose a more complex challenge than bilingual […]

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