March 2006

Guest blogger: Self-employed? Are you paying too much tax?

March 31, 2006

By Teresa Noon If you have been trading for a while you may not have considered how you are currently set up. It may be that you have set up as a sole trader as it seemed like the easiest...

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Murmuration

March 29, 2006

A term for a flock (of starlings). To see a short video of a murmuration of starlings over (what's left of) Brighton's West Pier, click on the image below (Windows Media file, 3.5MB, the size of a song in mp3...

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Posted by céline on March 29, 2006
Words

Suite française

March 27, 2006

Suite française, by Irène Némirovsky, has been translated into English by Sandra Smith and is now available. I can't comment on the translation, but I have read the French original and it is an amazing first-hand account of life in...

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Posted by céline on March 27, 2006
Culture

The Simpsons, humour and linguistics

March 24, 2006

Margaret links to a post on HeiDeas on The Simpsons, linguistics and humour (extra helping here). Just what I needed to brighten up this dreary Friday morning....

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Posted by céline on March 24, 2006
Language

Milesker

March 23, 2006

This is one of a handful of Basque words I know, it means thank you. I was born in Bayonne and although I’m not strictly speaking Basque (most of my family are from the Landes region, just north of Bayonne),...

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Posted by céline on March 23, 2006
Words

Cobweb

March 22, 2006

Today, a meeting with my bank led me to discover the origin of the word cobweb. Before leaving the office, I asked around if anyone wanted anything from the outside world. One of my office buddies was in desperate need...

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Posted by céline on March 22, 2006
Words

Re

March 17, 2006

I always assumed that the word re, as in "re your email dated 6 March, I thank you very much for the offer of $1,000,000 in cash, but I shan’t be taking it up" was short for "regarding". Well, not...

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Posted by céline on March 17, 2006
Words

Sybaritic

March 15, 2006

Sybaritic 1 (with capital initial): of or pertaining to Sybarite or its inhabitants. 2: characterised by or devoted to excessive luxury; effeminately luxurious. I came across this word in an Independent article about boutique hotels which mentions "sybaritic features such...

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Posted by céline on March 15, 2006
Words

Syriana

March 13, 2006

Syriana - the title of George Clooney's latest film - is a term used by Washington think-tanks to describe hypothetical realignment of the Middle East. This is what Stephen Gaghan, the director, has to say about it: "Syriana" was a...

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Posted by céline on March 13, 2006
Words

Translation links

March 10, 2006

I’m manically busy at the moment and unfortunately don’t have much time for my blog. Thankfully, there are lots of other blogs around! Here are some language/translation-related blogs that I've recently discovered: Translator wannabe About translation Translation notes...

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