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5 08, 2016

Rio 2016

Today marks the start of the 2016 Olympics and the opening ceremony will kick things off at midnight UK time. Before the closing ceremony on 21 August, Brazil will have been host to 306 sporting events for 28 different sports with an expected 10,500 athletes.

Here are a few language facts about Rio 2016:

These are

28 07, 2016

Harry Potter and The Translator’s Quandary

Here at Wordfish HQ we are looking forward to diving into J K Rowling’s newest book: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. While we wait for 31 July to come we decided to take a look at some of the fantastic wordplay in the Harry Potter books and how translators have tackled J K Rowling’s

20 07, 2016

Luring you in

Like all the best “adults”, I have become irrepressibly obsessed with Pokémon Go. My neighbours think I’ve gone insane, I’ve forgotten what my husband looks like and I think I’m developing a crush on Professor Willow. This is my cry for help.

In an attempt to rationalise this new obsession, I’ve decided to look at the

14 07, 2016

Le 14 juillet

Today is the National Day of France. Commonly known as Bastille Day in English speaking countries the day is known simply as le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July) in French.

Bastille Day commemorates both the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789 and the Fête de la Féderation on the same date one year

5 07, 2016

Crack out the Pimm’s, it’s Wimbledon time!

To celebrate we’re going to take a look at the key vocabulary for this very British event.

Let’s start from the top. The word tennis comes from the Old French tentez, the imperative form of tenir, meaning to hold, to take or to receive. Although modern tennis was born in England, its roots lie in France

24 06, 2016

Jack’s view on other languages

Our four legged friends might not talk to us, and they tend to get their point across very well without words, but language still plays a major role in their lives. Our Wordfish office dog Jack investigates whether dogs can be bilingual.

Hello! Jack here, taking a break from my intense workday routine of snoozing, dozing,

15 06, 2016

Thoughts on Brexit (and other portmanteaus)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll have been hearing a lot of the word Brexit recently, but where did it come from?
A combination of the words Britain and Exit, Brexit was coined to describe Britain’s hypothetical departure from the European Union. This combination of the sounds and meanings of parts of words is