• The 80-20 Rules for Language Industry

    Miloš Matović 07.06.2016 Consulting

    The 80-20 Rules for Language Industry

    The Pareto principle or the 80-20 rule in its simplest form states that, for better or worse, roughly 80% of the effect comes from 20% of the causes. However, this principle has also come to describe the 20% of any process that requires special attention, expertise, effort and makes a difference. Of course, this rule by no means states that the 80% should be ignored – it simply helps us define the focal point of our activities for best results. 

    Although the exact figures may vary (the 80 is not always 80 ...

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  • Presently: Now or Soon?

    Ciklopea 27.05.2016 Language Inspection

    Presently: Now or Soon?

    Ambiguity can sometimes be found in words with seemingly straightforward meanings. We all know that presently means now or at the present time, right? Well, sort of.

    It also means soon or shortly. In fact, most style guides recommend use of the word in this sense and do not recommend the use in the sense of now.

    While the word has two opposite meanings, the confusion rarely occurs as the sense is clear from the tense used. But perhaps it’s better not to use this word at all ...

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  • Localization: Guide for Startups

    Miloš Matović 24.05.2016 Localization

    Localization: Guide for Startups

    Every startup has essentially one advantage when compared to big companies – a clean slate and the possibility to create a unique corporate identity and write a whole new success story, without being burdened by the failures or successes of the past. Beginnings are always exciting and promising, but for these very reasons they are also risky and that is why the examples of big companies should not be ignored.

    Think Globally from Day One

    The world has shrunk. The space and distance are not an issue they used to be only decades ...

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  • Word of the Day: Paraskevidekatriaphobia

    Ciklopea 13.05.2016 Consulting

    Word of the Day: Paraskevidekatriaphobia

    Some people are afraid of what is traditionally regarded as the worst day of the years, Friday the 13th, and there is a word for that - paraskevidekatriaphobia. Technically, this phobia is a part of the wider one called triskaidekaphobia, which is the fear of number 13.

    But that is not all - this portmanteau derived from the Ancient Greek also has a synonym - friggatriskaidekaphobia, after Frigg, the Germanic goddess after whom Friday is named in most Germanic languages.


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  • Google Translate: 10 Years in 10 Facts

    Ciklopea 06.05.2016 Consulting

    Google Translate: 10 Years in 10 Facts

    Google Translate, the world’s most popular machine translation service was launched 10 years ago, on 28 April 2006. Over the past decade, it has become one of the integral parts of the internet experience and on this occasion we take a look at some of the key facts about Google translate.

    Google Translate currently supports 103 languages - it started with only two – English and Arabic. More than 500 million people use Google Translate. - in 2006, there were only hundreds. The majority of Google Translate users are from Brazil. 8% of Google Translate ...
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