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#Wordlore: Taradiddle

Definition: 1 : a fib 2 : pretentious nonsense Example: “‘We haven’t got time to listen to more taradiddles, I’m afraid, Dumbledore.’” — Cornelius Fudge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling, 2004 About the Word: There is a myth that taradiddle was born in the town of Taradiddle, Ireland; that […]

#Wordlore: Fuddy-duddy

A negative word for an old-fashioned person who does not accept modern trends. “Maybe it makes me a fuddy-duddy, but I really don’t think mini-skirts are acceptable for job interviews.”    

Why Google is investing in global translation?

As global tech companies fight to develop the world’s leading translation platform, Google just added 13 languages to its collection of 90– covering over 99% of languages used online.  

A Not So Tabula Rasa: The Rosetta Stone

It’s 3 A.M., and my upper eyelid insists on high-fiving the bottom one. I look at my laptop screen, and I’ve drifted to page 27 of my Amazon search for a hamper. As my mind begins to prepare for the upcoming spectacle of dreaming, I can’t help but hear a symphony of garbage orchestrating my […]

Out with the old, in with the new

  How did the celebration of New Year’s Eve begin?   New Year’s Eve is one of the oldest holidays celebrated, but the exact date and nature of the festivities has changed over time. The ancient Babylonians were the first recorded observers of New Year festivities some 4,000 years ago. They celebrated the beginning of the New Year in March, when […]