August 2004

Echo

August 25, 2004

In honour of the Olympic games in Athens, here is the origin of my favourite Greek word: echo (from Edith Hamilton's Mythology, my translation as I only have the French version of her book). Echo was a favourite of Artemis,...

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Posted by céline on August 25, 2004
Words

Specialisation

August 23, 2004

Thanks a lot to Zachary for sending me the link to a NY Times article about how bad the English translation of Simone de Beauvoir's highly influencial "Le deuxième sexe" is. The article won't be available for much longer, so...

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Posted by céline on August 23, 2004
Freelance translation

Cellulite

August 20, 2004

Last Wednesday, I got bitten by some unidentified insect while playing football. By Friday, half of my right thigh was swollen, red and hard, so I went to see my GP. She had one look at my leg and went:...

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Posted by céline on August 20, 2004
Words

All wool and a yard wide

August 18, 2004

Top Cat: You're all cop and a yard wide. Dibble: Thanks! Dibble: Hey… Wait a minute. Top Cat gives Dibble what looks like a compliment in an admiring tone of voice ; Dibble starts by being flattered but as the...

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Posted by céline on August 18, 2004
Idioms

Editing and proofreading

August 11, 2004

I've been doing quite a bit of proofreading and editing recently. I like it, it trains me to better proofread my own work and it's interesting to see the work of colleagues and compare their style with mine. I've learned...

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Posted by céline on August 11, 2004
Freelance translation

Favourite blogs

August 4, 2004

This website has a links page and whilst everyone is obviously welcome to have a rummage, I thought I'd share with you my favourite translation and language-related blogs, which I read daily, along with how their authors describe them. Funny...

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Posted by céline on August 4, 2004
Culture

Conkers

August 2, 2004

Leafing through my weekly Nouvel Observateur, I came across an article describing how much British people love the Dordogne region. A lot of them have bought properties there, recreating a little Britain by importing some of their sports and customs....

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Posted by céline on August 2, 2004
Culture