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Errors? Blame Titivillus!

During the Middle Ages, a period during which the vast majority of the population was illiterate, the skills of reading and writing were under the responsibility of the Church, and, in particular, the monasteries, where monks transcribed different (usually religious) texts over and over again in order to preserve them over the years. This activity […]

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A Not-so-Dead Language

A few weeks ago we talked about Latin and some of its expressions that persist until today, even in daily use. In the title of this post we make reference to the fact that these expressions are the resistance of a dead language. However, aside from these expressions, which are used in all fields, Latin […]

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How Are Word Counts Calculated for Complex Documents?

A few days ago we presented a first introduction to the issue of obtaining a word count for translation projects. Today, we will look at some important details that are crucial for further understanding this fundamental process in the industry. To do this, we will use practical examples of common quotes that we may confront any […]

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Compound Words: Friends or Foes? Part II

In the previous blog post, we spoke about interesting little terms called compound words. These are formed by linking two words together to create new words. Usually compound words are quite helpful in that they usually reveal what thing it is that they’re referring to (for instance, saltwater is water that contains salt!). Sometimes though, […]

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Top Words of 2009

We still have a month left before 2009 comes to a close forever, but Merriam-Webster has already published its “words of the year” (what about the remaining 9% of 2009!?!?!?). The interesting aspect of M-W’s list is that it uses the words that were most looked up on its online dictionary as the basis for […]

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