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Why Canadian spelling is different

Posted: November 14, 2017

Did you ever wonder how English spelling came to be so peculiar? Or why Canadians spell certain words differently? Find out some of the reasons in our post on Canadian spelling.

Translation and technology: Where things stand

Posted: November 6, 2017

Today’s translators wouldn’t dream of doing their job without word processing software and online dictionaries. But there was a time when typewriters and paper dictionaries were the tools of the trade. To find out how much technology has changed the work of translators, read Desmond Fisher’s blog post!

Food for thought: Exploring the origins of culinary terms

Posted: October 30, 2017

Did you know that words that denote food have origins as varied as what is on your plate? Take a world food tour and discover just how cosmopolitan our language is!

The singular “they” is gaining acceptance

Posted: October 23, 2017

Can “they” be used in the singular? Read up on the history, uses and growing acceptance of the singular “they” in this post from Gael Spivak of Editors Canada!


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