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What is Verbophobia?

“And there is also verbophobia, which is the fear of words. In that case, it is best to keep quiet, said Juan de Dios Martínez. It’s a bit more complicated than that, because words are everywhere, even in silence, which is never complete silence, isn’t that so?” Roberto Bolaño (2666, Barcelona: Anagrama, 2004).   Also […]

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Language in Sports: Interpreting in Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball has not always been multinationally diverse. For much of its early history, the top-level North American professional baseball league was marred by racism and xenophobia; it wasn’t until 1947 that Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier, becoming the first black athlete to play in the Major Leagues in the modern era. Thankfully, […]

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“Gross” Words: Lost in Translation?

Consider the following words: phlegm, slacks, yolk, smear. If you think these are completely unconnected terms, you’re right. They only have one thing in common: English speakers are grossed out by them. But don’t be confused! This isn’t about words that are mispronounced or used out of context, we’re not even referring to words and […]

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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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The Decline of the Mother Language?

In this new entry I’d like to explore a possible change of course regarding a linguistic phenomenon as studied as it is supported. Linguistics has established, in its various branches (psycho, neuro, and socio) that children acquire the fundamentals of their main language on behalf of their family. This language was denominated, with little eloquence, […]

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How to Kill a Language

In language, few things are as interesting and intriguing as the capacity for innovation and creativity that serve as the basis of a “living language.” Without these properties, languages become paralyzed and inevitably embark upon the path to their linguistic demise. Nonetheless, in many languages there is a minority of native speakers that are infatuated […]

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