New 2015 EU food labeling regulations are going to leave a lot of companies unprepared. Mistranslations of food products can be funny, but for the companies producing the food, they can be disastrous. Seriously, friends don’t let friends translate their food. That nice intern who speaks whatever language you need your packaging translated into? No, no, and no. For 2015 promise yourself to find a translation agency and do it right the first time. It breaks our hearts (literally) when businesses come to us after the fact, having lost time and money, needing their work redone, this time professionally.
A fierce debate has been going on for sometime over on the Grammar Girl group at LinkedIn. I have enjoyed it emmensely. And, actually, it’s not fierce. It’s acutally quite fun. With lots of lighthearted anecdotes and gentle remarks to one another.
The discussion is about pronouns.
Gender neutral pronoouns, to be exact. Should we use he, she it — or they — when we are speaking about a singular person whose gender we do not know? And, to complicate this a bit further, what about when the gender of the person is ambiguous? Genderqueer. It’s all so complicated.
Yesterday, my status said “LOL turned 25 the other day.” A friend tagged me in a selfie and posted it to my wall. Then someone unfriended me. Was it because of the selfie? Or because they were offended that I posted “LOL turned 25″.
I meant, of course, that LOL literally turned 25. I’m of course much, much older.
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Not All French is the Same…
You’ve done it. You’ve worked hard and landed a deal with that company in Montreal, and now it’s time to visit them and celebrate all that hard work and cement your new business relationship. Thank goodness you studied French in high school, right? And, anyway, Quebec is part of Canada, so everyone will speak English anyway, won’t they?
Well, sort of. First, it’s great that you have some basic French in your pocket, because it will be much appreciated in Montreal. It’s true that it’s a very bilingual city, and that most people speak English. but Quebec has a strong French heritage, and a knowledge of French, especially some key Quebecois phrases, will help you a great deal.
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