Tag Archives: language

But I Saw It Online!

If you’re only looking to bolster your existing opinion, don’t read any further. Any tidbit you find that matches your own stance will do. However, if you’re looking for facts to form an opinion, I have several suggestions: Read publications … Continue reading

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LinkedIn Pro Finder

I’ve begun receiving email through LinkedIn’s ProFinder service offering me the opportunity to submit a proposal for some of the services we provide, such as translation, interpreting, transcription, and voice-overs. Because I know that the services of a professional agency … Continue reading

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Politically Correct Language: Courtesy or Weakness?

I’ve heard several politicians sneer recently that they were going to tell it like it is and not be concerned with politically correct language. Isn’t it funny how we come up with a label that spins an issue to suit … Continue reading

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The Language(s) of Growth

Turks and Caicos Islands, Ethiopia, Palau, Monaco, Papua New Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Uzbekistan, and Nauru: what do these eight countries have in common? (Map from WorldAtlas) They hold the top slots in the World Factbook’s Real GDP Growth … Continue reading

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Moore’s Law, Computers, and the Language Industry

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” – Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943 The currently accepted version of Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors per square inch on an integrated circuit doubles every … Continue reading

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Holding the Candle–Insult or Excuse?

A retirement had forced my friend to replace a talented staffer with a new hire and she was not happy. She grumped about all the training that would be needed and finally said about the new hire, “She can’t hold … Continue reading

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Just a Plain Hamburger on a Bun

Did you know that years ago, when you ordered a hamburger, you received a cooked patty on a plain bun? You could put mustard and ketchup on it if you wanted. And then the California burger swept the nation. They … Continue reading

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Case Study: Is the New Brand Name Offensive Somewhere?

The client: Inspired ideas that simply sell. That’s the tag line of Yamamoto, a well-known Minneapolis-based ad agency. They have a reputation for custom-crafted, highly creative work. Their question: Does this word mean anything in Swahili or Arabic or Chinese? … Continue reading

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