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Dessert island

5 cartoons of confused words

Do you like walking around with bear feet? What would you take with you to a dessert island? There are many words in the English language that sound the same, but have very different meanings. These cartoons will show you just how awkward it can get with even the slightest spelling mistake… Bear feet or bare feet? Bear and bare are often confused […]

Zeitgeist

8 German words in English and their pronunciation

When one language borrows from another, words often adapt to the linguistic conditions of the recipient language. This is also the case with the German loanwords that have entered the English language. In German, nouns are always capitalised, but in English, they might end up following the lowercase rule. Some might even change their definition […]

World Teachers' Day

World Teachers’ Day – how did our teachers get us interested in words?

Teaching is arguably one of the hardest jobs around. It is becoming increasingly demanding, and teachers are faced with the challenge of serving these demands with fewer and fewer resources. So on World Teachers’ Day we wanted to pay homage to the people that got us interested in words from a young age. We asked […]

September WOTD quiz

Vocabulary quiz: how well do you know September’s Words of the Day?

Habitus, balayage, Wissenschaft: do you know what these words mean? Test your knowledge with our September Word of the Day quiz. Not yet signed up to our free Word of the Day service? Click here to receive your daily word. 

“Good words do not last long unless they amount to something.” - Chief Joseph  (1840–1904)

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vegetarian

6 unexpected origins of vegetarian recipes

1 October is World Vegetarian Day, and to celebrate we’re looking at the language behind 6 famous vegetarian dishes – with some help from recipes at Food.com. Just click on the recipe names to head over to Food.com. 1. Bubble and squeak This British meal is cooked cabbage fried with cooked potatoes, and is often made […]

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9 translators on what they love about translation

To celebrate the International Translation Day, we called on several translators and asked them what their favorite thing about translating is. Corinne McKay | French to English A colleague recently commented that, ‘translators know things that almost nobody else knows’, and that’s what I love most about my job. I’ve translated brochures about pneumatic trash […]

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