The challenge of coming up with names: Can online tools help? Working creatively with language is what I do as a translator and transcreator. But we all hit a rut at times, often when it comes to finding names for our own creations. Why not turn to the internet for help? Enter the Wordoid web app.
Writing Without Bullshit: Boost Your Career by Saying What You Mean What is the book about? Are you wondering how Josh Bernoff feels about modern business writing? The title of his book says it all—front-loading at its best! If you’ve had enough of verbal ducking and weaving in business writing, this book is for you. No more hiding behind jargon, weasel words and cowardly passives. Instead boldly say what you want to say. As Bernoff explains, clear writing that expresses
Run out of things to read? There is a new book in town: “The African Svelte: Ingenious Misspellings that Make Surprising Sense” by Daniel Menaker. A seasoned author and editor himself, Menaker has spent many years collecting spelling errors that—while remaining errors—follow their own fascinating logic. The people who make these types of errors are usually those who may have heard a certain turn of phrase spoken out loud but have rarely seen it in writing. So, when they do commit that
Time has flown by since my last post. And now summer is here, the sun is shining and it’s hard to concentrate on a task at hand. Why not procrastinate with something that might entertain and educate at the same time? Have some language fun in the sun
Time for some more language tools to educate and amuse. Enjoy! Language tools for the academically minded The University of Glasgow Historical Thesaurus of English: Almost 1,500 years of English at your fingertips. I rest my case. The World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS): This is the perfect place to while away some time. Click through the maps or just browse countries and language families. I guarantee that you will marvel at the many languages you have never heard of. Those