December 2007

Solstice

December 22, 2007

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator. The summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere occurs about June 21, when the sun is in the zenith at the tropic...

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Posted by céline on December 22, 2007
Words

The power of interpreters

December 14, 2007

Interpreters have a lot of power. People rely entirely on me to communicate, and sometimes it is ever so tempting to be “creative” to get out of an unpleasant situation. The following illustrates something that happened on Monday. My client...

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Posted by céline on December 14, 2007
Interpreting

Wynd

December 13, 2007

Remember my entry on the word "twitten"? Today, in a text about Edinburgh, I came across the Scottish equivalent: wynd. – noun, Chiefly Scot. A narrow street or alley. [Origin: 1375–1425; late ME (Scots) wynde, OE gewind, winding path]...

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Posted by céline on December 13, 2007
Words

No more zizi in Zizzi

December 10, 2007

A man cut off his penis in a London restaurant called "Zizzi" this weekend. I wonder whether he knows that "zizi" means "willy" in French?...

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Posted by céline on December 10, 2007
Words

Sunday blogging: interesting facts

December 9, 2007

Sorry about the lack of posts lately but work has been insane. In fact, I’m just taking a break from my current translation (working on a Sunday! Whatever next?) to share with you two interesting language and translation-related facts...

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Posted by céline on December 9, 2007
Culture

Voyoucratie

December 3, 2007

A reader wrote to me asking about the English translation of voyoucratie, a word uttered on 29 December by French president Nicolas Sarkozy after the recent riots: Ce qui s'est passé à Villiers-le-Bel n'a rien à voir avec une...

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Posted by céline on December 3, 2007
Words