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Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange, explains the evolution of language and of the pronunciation of the word "mouse".

A mouse, Anthony Burgess, and the evolution of language

Apart from being the author of the famous A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess was a linguist and a translator. He even invented a prehistoric language for the characters of a film. We found this video where he explains, with great sense of humour, the evolution of the English word “mouse” – admitting to the mystery that […]

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Compass points – Rules for the correct writing

Proofreading in English – Letrário’s team advice for writing compass points Lower case for “east”, “west”, “north”, “south”, except when part of a name: “North Korea”, “South Africa”, “West End”. Lower case for vaguer areas such as the American “north-east”, “north-west”, “south-east”, “south-west”. Also lower-case for the adjectives: “midwestern”, “western”, “southern”. The regions of Africa […]

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The translation of «ningunear»

We found this astonishing Spanish verb («ningunear») in a newspaper recently when we were collecting linguistic data relevant to translation works. Generated from the «ninguno» pronoun, the «ninguenear» verb denotes the linguistic creativity of the Spaniards. It means that someone treats a person as though they were no one, belittling them, not taking them into […]

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For professionals who award translations

Awarding translations by simply comparing numbers is like buying a pair a trousers and looking only at the price tag. We might end up going to work in some… inconvenient trousers. Naturally, if the translation is meant for internal use only and you have the possibility of committing your own time to proofreading, correcting and […]

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Globish, the new Esperanto

The idea for a common language has been, throughout the centuries, the dream of many. Some even tried to achieve it. According to Father Joahann Schleyer, after being visited by God, Who assured him it was about time that mankind spoke the same language, he got down to business and created a language that would […]

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