Category Archives: Word reference

2018. A toxic single-use year?

Yesterday Oxford Dictionaries announced their Word of the Year 2018: “toxic”. They said that there had been a 45% rise in the number of times the word has been looked up on its website, and that it best captured “the … Continue reading

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New online terminology?

Today we should be celebrating the arrival of the latest version of the Inter-Active Terminology for Europe (IATE), the online terminology database of the European Union. The announcement of a new version has created a lot of excitement, perhaps too much. … Continue reading

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I didn’t use(d) to worry about these things

In a sentence like the one in the title, which is correct,”use” or “used”? The answer is that both are correct, but not everybody agrees about this. Going into more detail, let me start by quoting some authorities. I have selected … Continue reading

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La nova gramàtica normativa, tot un repte!

Al novembre del 2016, l’Institut d’Estudis Catalans va publicar la nova gramàtica normativa, la Gramàtica de la llengua catalana (GIEC). L’obra representa un punt d’inflexió per als professionals de la llengua (professors, traductors, periodistes, etc.), però ens volem centrar especialment … Continue reading

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Les dictionnaires adoptent de nouveaux mots

Une grand-mère dit à sa petite fille: ” Si tu me donnes un “schmutz” (un baiser), je te donne un “bredele” (gâteau alsacien) “. Ce dialogue est-il entendu dans l’Alsace profonde où le “globish” (anglais au vocabulaire limité) n’est pas … Continue reading

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