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“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.” T.S. Eliot (Four Quartets) How do words come to exist? We know they name objects or abstract concepts, and, most of the time, they do a very good job at helping us express our ideas. But are there enough […]

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“If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers.”  Doug Larson “Alack a day” or “alack the day” had its first written occurrence in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, in the cry of a heartbroken Romeo who mistakenly believes Juliet has died: Shee’s dead, deceast, shee’s dead: […]

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Emerging markets speak Portuguese

Have you ever come across a report written in Portuguese?  It will probably happen again. IMF’s World Economic Outlook published April this year listed Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and Timor-Leste as emerging economies. Aside from being on that list, these countries have in common the fact that […]

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