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Centennial Copa América: A Tall Cup of Terminology

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Once again, everybody is excited about the Centennial Copa América (or Copa América Centenario, if you prefer). Throughout the month of June, the eyes of football (Yes! “Football,” although, since the Cup is being hosted by the United States of America, perhaps we should concede and call it “soccer”) fans in Latin America are focused […]

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Portmanteau: More than a Coatrack and a Suitcase

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The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines portmanteau as (1) a large suitcase or (2) “a word or morpheme whose form and meaning are derived from a blending of two or more distinct forms (as smog from smoke and fog).” In this blog post, we will be exploring the second definition provided by this famous dictionary, although […]

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More on Geographical Name Conversion: The Process of Translation – Part II

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We have explored transliteration, transcription, and exonymization; three of the four methods of geographical name conversion as established by the “Manual for the National Standardization of Geographical Names” by the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names. More recently, we started looking at the translation of geographical names; which is actually the third of […]

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More on Geographical Name Conversion: The Process of Translation – Part I

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We have explored transliteration and transcription, the first and second methods of geographical name conversion as established by the “Manual for the National Standardization of Geographical Names” by the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, thus far. Prior to this, we had dabbled with exonymization, the fourth process described by the Manual. Learning […]

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Numeric and Alphanumeric Expressions

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Some translations pose challenges that go beyond mere words; sometimes we must translate the meaning of numbers or alphanumeric expressions. I am not referring to numerology or systems such as Kabbalah, but rather numeric or alphanumeric expressions that conceal very specific meanings. Let’s look at a few of them: To zero in on The difficulty […]

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