29 aprile 2011

Glossary of the Royal Wedding

Learn some fun royal wedding words!

Flower girl: the 3-year-old bridesmaid Grace van Cutsem, covering her ears while Britain's Prince William kisses his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

A diet that a bride uses to lose weight before her wedding day. [Bridal + diet.]
Wedmin: Portmanteau term reportedly being used by Prince Harry to describe his royal wedding planning. [Wedding + Admin.]

Fascinator: A fascinator is a headpiece, a style of millinery. The word originally referred to a fine, lacy head covering akin to a shawl and made from wool or lace. Read more>>

Golden ticket: invitations sent out to 100 individuals who were randomly selected from the public to enjoy the ceremony alongside Prince William and Kate Middleton’s guests.

Charitable Gift Fund: Instead of sending gifts, Kate Middleton and Prince William have asked well-wishers to contribute to one of five causes through Prince William’s Foundation—the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Henry. These five causes have been specifically chosen by Prince William and Kate themselves, which include helping children fulfil their potential, supporting individuals who are enlisted in the services, positively changing lives through arts and sports, providing help and care at home, and supporting the wildlife conservation effort.

Royal wedding carriage: After the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, the newlywed couple will travel in the 109-year-old red and gold State Landau along Processional Route to Buckingham Palace.
Royal Pizza: the Kentucky-based pizza chain Papa John's has created an over-the-top pizza portrait of the royal couple. Papa John's pizza has teamed with a British food artist to create a pizza bearing the images of Prince William and fiancée Kate Middleton.
The toppings of the mosaic pizza feature the image of Kate Middleton with a veil made from mushrooms and a dress comprised of cheese. The pizza also features Prince William with a suit made from salami and peppers to commemorate the April 29 royal wedding.

Royal stamp: a commemorative, featuring Prince William and Kate’s official engagement portraits.


Schott's Vocab

13 aprile 2011

Social media glossary

What is a moblog? What is nptech? and what about splogs?

The social media landscape is fast changing and filled with strange terms to the uninitiated. Here’s a quick guide to some of the terms you may encounter!

5 aprile 2011

Terminology in legislative procedures

On 28th March, 2011, the seminar 'Terminology in legislative procedures' has been held.

In the hemicycle named after Robert Schuman, one of the founding fathers of the EU, before an audience of translators and EU officials as well as professors and students from some of the leading universities in the EU, different approaches to managing legal terminology have been presented. In the morning session, Isolde Burr of the University of Cologne (Germany) focused on legal terminology and multilingualism from an academic point of view. Antonella Distante – a professor at La Sapienza University of Rome – then mounted the challenge of a possibility of reconciling global and local trends in terminology research. "It's also important" - said Mrs. Distante - "to promote interaction between academic research and the EU institutions". At the same venue Caroline Reichling, head of terminology projects at the European Court of Justice, informed the audience about the progress of her project focusing on a common database of legal terms, regardless of the differences among the legal systems of the EU Member States.

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Financial Lingo..for fun!

Financial lingo can also be funny sometimes!

A sample from The Wall Street Journal:"Some Financial Lingo Redefined":
  • Federal Reserve: Extremely powerful, like God, and also moves in strange and mysterious ways.

  • Commodities: Pigs with lipstick.

  • Lottery tickets: Buying opportunity for folks who feel they don't pay enough state taxes.

  • Car lease: Chance to pretend you are wealthy, while getting poorer with every monthly payment.

  • Credit cards: Another chance.

Read more on: WSJ.com

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