Author Archives: Richard Samson

About Richard Samson

I’m a teacher living in Osona, Spain. I'm into tennis, dogs, and chickens. I’m also interested in translation and Moodle (well, digital tools for teaching, in general).

What do a bear, a wagon and a pan have in common?

They are popular names for the seven most well-known stars in the Ursa Major constellation, which becomes very prominent in the night sky at this time of year. This group of stars, a so-called asterism, has been known since ancient … Continue reading

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malarkey, icon, mamba, defund,…

What do these words have in common? They have all been buzzwords in 2020. According to Merriam-Webster, the well-known American English dictionary, these words were among the most popular look-ups during 2020: malarkey, meaning silly behaviour, was used by Joe … Continue reading

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Trumpslation. The untranslatable Mr Trump

An Italian interpreter takes consecutive notes from Mr Trump (October 2019) It would be remiss of us to let the pre-eminent moment of Donald J. Trump pass (presuming that it does pass) without a brief look back on some of … Continue reading

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Accessible online events

The pandemic has had many tragic consequences but it has also led to some successful innovation. One significant change has been the reorganisation of  meetings, focus groups, seminars and conferences. Few wanted to go online but needs must, as they … Continue reading

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Debatable dictionary practices

Recently Merriam-Webster came under pressure from an online campaign to change one of the example sentences in their online dictionary of English. After a short period of time the dictionary editors caved in and suppressed the disputed example (as reported … Continue reading

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