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Language and words in the news – 20th May, 2016

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Language change and slang

The pronominal is political
Third person singular personal pronouns have been a big deal for English-speaking feminists since the earliest organized campaigns for women’s legal and civil rights.

Silicon Valley Startup Speak Gets a Dictionary
If a startup uses growth hacking and viral loops, could it someday become a decacorn? The language of Silicon Valley is jargon-laden enough to justify a lexicon for the uninitiated.

Words, dictionaries, technology and language

Five burning questions about Pilot, the language translating earbud
If we discount the excited comparisons to Hitchhiker’s Babel Fish or Star Trek’s Universal Translator, and the press’s perennial enthusiasm for publishing photos of a pretty French girl, we really don’t yet know much about these ‘real time translation hearables’. Colour me sceptical.

L.S. Gogan’s Irish Dictionary
HT to Stan Carey for alerting me to the existence of this fascinating Irish-English dictionary with links to James Joyce.

Podcast

Globally Speaking: Will I Have a Job Five Years from Now?
Every translator today seems to be asking this question above all others. Will we continue to have jobs in the future? (28 minutes)

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