How One Little Word Can Mean So Much

Saying goodbye is never easy. This is especially true when you’re saying goodbye to someone, or something, that you’ve grown fond of. Good thing there are so many languages to choose from when it’s time to bid adieu. Origins of the Word Goodbye Around the time of the 16th century, the popular way of saying [...]

Translate Your Brand to Meet the Masses

Translating your brand across borders can be a delicate process. Virgin explains the challenge faced by U.S. company Clairol when introducing their ‘Mist Stick’ curling iron to a German audience: “mist in German slang means manure.” Another example of brand-gone-bad is when American baby food company Gerber came up against a similar problem in France, [...]

Where Did That Phrase Come From?

If you’ve ever weighed the pros and cons of a situation, you’ve experienced a popular word phrase. The same can be said if you’ve ever bit off more than you could chew. While only a handful of phrases like this might come to mind, there are hundreds of them used commonly around the world each [...]

Here’s What Happens When Words Have Too Many Meanings

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: There’s more to translation than taking a word in one language, finding the meaning of that word in another language, and plugging it into a sentence. We recently looked at a list of words called homonyms, which are spelled the same or have the [...]