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Phrench phury at spelling rephorms

How many hours of my life have I spent – first as a language student and then as a professional linguist – tediously flipping through dictionaries and grammar books looking up arcane accents and idiosyncratic spellings in French? It’s a rhetorical question, obviously. However, if I were able to put a precise figure on my

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Crash blossom: police shoot man with knife

I spotted the following link, and its related headline, recently on the Grauniad’s website… and for once, it wasn’t the spelling that made me laugh. Prompting the obvious question… how exactly do you shoot someone with a knife? As a headline, it’s right up there with “Passengers hit by cancelled trains”, “Post Office supervisor charged

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Norwegian newsflash: Santa not dead

It’s fairly normal for many people to feel overworked in the run-up to Christmas – and I should know, being married to a teacher. However, you just know that things have come to a pretty pass when Santa himself succumbs to the strain. Says who? Why, Norway’s Aftenposten newspaper does, that’s who. At least, they

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Aurebesh: Force is strong with Google

Planning to see the new Star Wars film next month? Goodness, what a coincidence… so are my son and I. And as keen linguists, we’re both excited about the fact that Google has just powered up its Aurebesh translation service. Aure-what? Really, where have you been since… well, a long time ago? Aurebesh is the

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Tous solidaires pour Paris

Many words have already been written about Friday’s attacks in Paris, but we here at Robertson Languages – some of whom have previously lived in the city and have good friends there – would like to add our voices to all those from Britain wishing our Gallic cousins well during these hard days. We believe

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