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Rediscovering words from the Great War

 

In my recent book, Furphies and Whizz-bangs: Anzac Slang from the Great War, I had the opportunity to revisit some of the…

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Guns, herbs, and sores: inside the dragon’s etymological lair

 

23 April marks St. George’s Day. While St. George is widely venerated throughout Christian communities, England especially…

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What makes language interpreting different from translation?

 

The seemingly straightforward question ‘So, what do you do for a living?’ sends professional interpreters into an existential…