Most popular tweets of 2022

Here, in ascending order, are the ten most popular* tweets about language and translation that I shared during 2022 on my @Smart_Translate Twitter account:

The transformation of UK English reflect changes in technology as well as society

Just one of 50 bad book covers

With Timothy Barton and Victoria Mendez in Brighton

Words about work and work culture

It’s interesting to note that with the exception of the winning tweet (which was about 5 times more popular than the second-placed tweet), most of these tweets were either humorous, covered UK and US English and the differences between them, or talked about slang and swearing.

* ‘most popular’ = top tweets (most engagement & impressions) according to Twitter Analytics.

For more about words and language in 2022 you might be interested in Google’s Year in Search: the top trending searches of the year, and “Extremely hardcore discourse: the words of the year that slipped under the radar” by The Guardian.


Around the web – December 2022

Here’s your monthly round-up of news, articles, and blog posts about translation and language for December 2022.

We need to talk about… money!

Plaque to Orbeliani Baths of Tbilisi in Georgia with a quote from Pushkin in Georgian and in Russian

“To get the bull down,” is to complete a last-minute rush of work ahead of the Christmas break. Fail to do that and you might end up a yuleshard, someone who leaves errands unfinished on Christmas Eve.’

The etymological origins of the word ‘daisy’ are truly delightful.

The Museum of Wonky English (MOWE) is the first institution in Japan dedicated to the art of mistranslations

Further reading on the blog: