Category Archives: English

Leaning into the new academic year

Do you use the expression “lean in[to] [something]”? Do you know what it means? I have noticed this expression become more common in English over the past few years. I find this intriguing since the creation of a new phrasal … Continue reading

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Forty lost years

Peter Bush continues his output of translations of significant Catalan novels into English  with the translation of Quaranta anys perduts (Rosa Maria Arquimbau, 1971), which is published tomorrow by Fum d’Estampa.  From the publisher’s catalogue, we read: Published for the … 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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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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Medical terms and abbreviations

On one of my first days working as a medical librarian at St. Charles Health System (Oregon), I received the following instructions: Please, can you check out a TNCC and an NRP book for Kayla? She is an RN in … Continue reading

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