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The odd case of autrefois acquit and autrefois convict: How an obscure form of legal French influenced Canadian legal terminology

Posted on November 2, 2020

When guest blogger Frédérique Bertrand-Le Borgne first heard “autrefois acquit” and “autrefois convict,” she wondered how these two French terms came to be used in today’s English legal terminology. To find the answer, she had to travel back to the courts of medieval England. Join her on her journey to discover what she learned!

Unconventional ways to learn a language if you’re stuck at home and on a budget

Posted on October 26, 2020

If you’ve always wanted to learn a new language but didn’t think you had the means, you’re in luck! In her post, guest blogger Courtney Anderson offers some unique strategies you can start using right away.

Machine translation literacy and an ethics of collective care

Posted on October 19, 2020

Most people have used some form of free online machine translation tool. But do they know how and when to use it? In her blog post, Lynne Bowker calls on language professionals to help them out.

Canadian, British and American: It’s all English, but the spelling is different

Posted on October 13, 2020

How do Brits spell the word “pediatric”? How do Americans spell the verb form of “practice”? Guest blogger Virginia St-Denis provides the answers to these questions and walks us through Canadian, British and American spelling variations in nine different word families.

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