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Translators usually have close relationships with their favorite dictionaries, and really good translators take much into account (such as context, culture, and the idiosyncrasies of spoken language) when consulting the “authorities” to find the best word choice. In this interesting TedTalk, Erin McKean, editor in chief of the Oxford American […]

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Ben Zimmer’s discovery last week of the first usage of the term Ms. in America sparked my interest. Zimmer found the term in the November 10, 1901 Springfield (Mass.) Sunday Republican under the heading Men, Women and Affairs. In the article, the writer attempts to fill “a void in the […]

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Most of us are familiar with the different types of learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. A distinctive sort of style, however, is the hallmark of internet phenomenon Marina Orlova — she uses sex appeal to teach etymology. Orlova, a 28-year-old Russian immigrant, is a philologist (a kind of linguist […]

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As the financial crisis gains momentum and uncertainty reigns over the markets, we tend to look at stock market behavior as a barometer of the economic environment. After yet another stock roller-coaster day, stockholders are more uncertain about tomorrow. The origin of the word stockholder has an interesting history which […]

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