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Oldtajmer, evergrin, rekorder, golman… the world of Balkan pseudo-anglicisms

Did you hear about the man who collects “old-timers”? ๐Ÿ‘ด๐ŸฝOr that Frank Sinatra has many “evergreens”? ๐ŸŒฒOr the woman who was a rowing “recorder”? โ–ถOr how the best player on the field was the “goal man”? ๐ŸŽฏAnd how one unfortunate person was a victim of “mobbing” in the workplace? ๐Ÿ‘ฅ These are all actual examples […]

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Smoker’s remorse… or how false friends can be deeply expressive

๐ŸŸฐ Words that look the same or similar in two languages but have two, at times radically, different meanings are called “false friends”. There are plenty of them in most languages, and particularly between Slovenian and the other Southern Slavic languages, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian, Montenegrin and Serbian. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป A particular false friend I love […]

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Three everyday words that exist in Australian English only!

Ask what’s most unique about Australian English ๐Ÿชƒ, the answers usually are our accent and slangโœ”๏ธ. However, there are also a number of uniquely Australian English words in regular use, even in formal situations, that Australians are surprised to find are not used everywhere else in the English-speaking world (OK, sometimes also in New Zealand๐Ÿฅ, […]

Watch out, here comes the Aussie version of The Office…

Are you a fan of the cult TV comedy show The Office?๐Ÿ•บAnd which version: the UK one ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง? The US one ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ? The French one ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท? The Indian one ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ or any of the other 13 variants made? ๐Ÿ“ฃ News in is that an Australian ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ version of The Office will be hitting our screens […]

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Oh no, not the Fantales!!!

The biggest news to hit Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ this week has nothing to do with any natural disaster๐Ÿ”ฅor a major political scandal ๐Ÿ—ฏ. It’s something far, far, far more groundbreaking… One of Australia’s most iconic lollies ๐Ÿฌ (psst… “lolly” is the Australian term for “candy” or “sweets”) will be, to use the food wholesale term, deleted. […]

Happy 50th anniversary to the Adelaide Festival Centre!

๐ŸŽ‰ 50 years ago today, the Adelaide Festival Centre, the premier performing and visual arts venue and precinct in Adelaide, Australia, opened. The centre to this day remains one of the symbols of Adelaide. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ ๐ŸŽญ I know what some of you are thinking… it looks like a boxy version of that more famous Australian […]

The personal touch

Translation can often be a very sedentary existence, plugging away in front of a laptop, with little or no face-to-face contact with clients๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป But for many of my direct clients, the personal touch is very important. Like earlier this month, when I went to Oxford to meet up with a university professor friend of mine๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽ“, […]

What’s a “bank holiday”? Do Aussies say that too?

Today (Monday), 29 May 2023 is a “bank holiday” in the United Kingdom, our third this month! ๐Ÿ“†Now this term “bank holiday” often confuses many people not from the UK or Ireland. Does this mean that it’s a holiday for banks only? ๐Ÿง Absolutely not! “Bank holidays” in the UK and Ireland are what are […]