Word of the year 2022

Word of the year according to Collins dictionary
Word of the year 2022

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Collins dictionary has chosen “permacrisis” as the word of the year 2022. The word is used to describe an extended period of instability and insecurity, esp one resulting from a series of catastrophic events.

Permacrisis tops a list of 10 words, six of them new entries in the dictionary, which represent 2022, Collins said.

“Language can be a mirror to what is going on in society and the wider world, and this year has thrown up challenge after challenge.

“It is understandable that people may feel, after living through upheaval caused by Brexit, the pandemic, severe weather, the war in Ukraine, political instability, the energy squeeze, and the cost-of-living crisis, that we are living in an ongoing state of uncertainty and worry.”

Collins Dictionary monitors its 18bn-word database and a range of media sources, including social media, to create an annual list of new and notable words. Source The Guardian

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Cards for English lovers – received pronunciation RP

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RP is probably the most widely studied and most frequently described variety of spoken English in the world, yet recent estimates suggest only 3% of the UK population speak it. (…) As well as being a living accent, RP is also a theoretical linguistic concept. It is the accent on which phonemic transcriptions in dictionaries are based, and it is widely used (in competition with General American) for teaching English as a foreign language. RP is included here as a useful reference, not to imply it has greater merit than any other English accent, but because it provides us with an extremely familiar model against which comparisons with other accents may be made.

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Prepositions frequently used (by translators)

Prepositions most frequently used by translators

Prepositions used by translators

Hi there! Here’s the first cartoon in the new series about parts of speech frequently used by translators or associated with them. In this case, we’ll deal with prepositions. Question: beloved translator, aren’t you always pressed for time?

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What does an extra space mean to a translator?

What does an extra space mean to a translator? (click on the image to enlarge)

What does an extra space mean to a translator? 

Translators are passionate about proper spelling, grammar, and spacing.

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How translators handle procrastination

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Procrastination: the evil every translator has to face.

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How to recognize a translator at the bus stop

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