Words and their origins

Language is a useful tool. It’s the primary way that humans communicate with one another, and is an essential element of relationships, business, education and so much more. So that leads me to wonder how our language came to be the way it is. Sometimes just looking at a word can give clues about its [...]

Just how good are computer translations?

You may want to think twice before submitting that Google translated text to print. Computer translation technology has certainly made great strides since scientists put their heads together for the Georgetown Experiment at the height of the Cold War, with the growing computing power of the last 20 years acting as an incredible catalyst. Nevertheless, [...]

How to survive in England

With the 2012 Olympic Summer Games just around the corner, visitors from across the world will be flocking to the UK. I recently came across an article on what Britons should know about how to behave towards these visitors, so I’d like to look at it from the other point of view. After all, when [...]