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Why does using a period in a text message make you sound insincere or angry?

Why does using a period in a text message make you sound insincere or angry?

When it comes to texting, the period, full stop, point – whatever you call it – has been getting a lot of attention. People have begun noticing slight changes to the way our smallest punctuation mark is deployed, from declarations that it’s going out of style to claims that it’s becoming angry. What they’re actually noticing is written language becoming…

How social media fires people’s passions – and builds extremist divisions

How social media fires people’s passions – and builds extremist divisions

The people of the United States continue to learn how polarized and divided the nation has become. In one study released in late October by the Pew Research Center, Americans were found to have become increasingly partisan in their views. On issues as diverse as health care, immigration, race and sexuality, Americans today hold more extreme and more divergent views…

‘F**k Vegetables’: China is set to end the spread of “Chinglish” mistranslations

‘F**k Vegetables’: China is set to end the spread of “Chinglish” mistranslations

Chinese is known as one of the most difficult languages to understand and interpret, and the struggle can clearly be seen from the many public signs with hilarious English mistranslation. However, China has finally unrolled a plan to eradicate “Chinglish” before the 2022 Winter Olympics and is working on improving the quality to standard English in 13 public areas like transportation, entertainment and medicine.

5 entertaining examples of localisation gone tragically awry

5 entertaining examples of localisation gone tragically awry

If you follow this blog, or any other blog that covers localisation and internationalisation, you probably already know that localisation is super important for expanding overseas. But that’s all just talk unless you’ve seen exactly what happens when you fail to localise successfully. It shouldn’t be difficult to see that marketing blunders can be disastrous for your brand. They can…

How Artificial Intelligence can detect – and create – fake news

How Artificial Intelligence can detect – and create – fake news

A visualisation of a fake vs real news distribution pattern; users who predominantly share fake news are coloured red, and users who don’t share fake news at all are coloured blue   When Mark Zuckerberg told Congress Facebook would use artificial intelligence (AI) to detect fake news posted on the social media site, he wasn’t particularly specific about what that…

Meghan Markle: reports of her ‘British accent’ sound like journalistic licence, say linguistics experts

Meghan Markle: reports of her ‘British accent’ sound like journalistic licence, say linguistics experts

Fairly soon after her marriage to Prince Harry in May 2018, articles about Meghan Markle started to appear – in the BBC, Mirror, Daily Star and Daily Express – reporting a change in her speech. Apparently the American actress has taken on a “British” accent along with her membership of the royal family.