Here are the most popular news articles, blog posts, and stories about language and translation for August 2021.
- Many news stories this month talked about the plight of Afghan interpreters. Here are articles on the subject from The Guardian, the BBC in the UK and USA, and Australia’s ABC
- Corinne McKay blogged about work/life balance (or “work/life clarity” as they call it on the Smart Habits for Translators podcast!)
- Should you ever do a free test translation for a potential client?
- Using the example of NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s resignation, Debbie Cameron wrote about how miscommunication is a weapon in the ongoing conflict between men who feel entitled to harass women, and women who challenge that
- RuPaul’s Drag Race demands translation sensitive to global and local queer cultures
- Many words common to science have never been written in African languages. Now, researchers from across Africa are changing that
- Why is English spelling so weird and unpredictable? asks Arika Okrent in this essay
- The smiley face that isn’t: To Gen Z, emojis often have a quite different meaning than for older people. (See also Emojis aren’t debasing language – they’re enriching it)
- In France the passe sanitaire has been in the news a lot this month. The Academie Française has decided that the gender of passe is feminine, and reconfirmed that it should be written with an “e”. (Here are two articles in French about the word: Ça pass(e) ou ça casse and N’écrivez plus «pass sanitaire» mais…)
- Staying on the C-subject, what happens when we run out of Greek letters for variants?
- Last but not least, a must-read from colleague Nikki Graham, who tells how Twitter punished her for getting hacked. Don’t hesitate to share!
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