Useful words in... English

to bloviate 

To converse in a long-winded and pompous manner (American English)

First known use: around 1857





November 3 - 9, 2012

Managing Changing Economic & Labor Markets


Interpreting assignment for the U.S. Department of State from November 3rd - 9th in Charlotte, NC, and Washington, DC.

Theme: Managing Changing Economic & Labor Markets


Useful words in... English

Latin borrowings

ad hominem

Definition: Marked by an attack on an opponent's character rather than by an answer to the arguments made or the issues raised

Example: The presidential debates often consist of ad hominem attacks rather than serious discussions of important issues. 

Ad hominem in Latin means "to the man." It comes from the field of rhetoric, where it was first used to describe arguments that appeal to the listener's emotions and not to the intellect. The easiest way to do this is to engage in personal attacks against one's opponent. When debaters cannot justify their own positions or prove their opponents wrong, they may resort to ad hominem charges. Ad hominem arguments require neither truth nor logic to be effective. Consequently, the popularity of such arguments has never waned.

Source: Merriam Webster's Vocabulary Builder



Proverb of the Month

Nulla fere causa est, in qua non femina litem moverit.
— Latin proverb (Engl.: There is no fight that wasn't started by a woman; dt.: Es gibt wohl keinen Streit, den nicht eine Frau begonnen hätte.)

Useful words in... Swedish




  1. married
  2. poison

Definition 1: som har ingått äktenskap (having entered a state of wedlock)

Definition 2: sadligt eller hälsofarligt ämne (harmful or deadly substance)


  • Hon är gift med en fransman. (She is married to a Frenchman.)
  • Är du gift? Nej, jag är inte gift. (Are you married? No, I am not married.)

Humorous note: "Gift" in German also means "poison." However, it doesn't also mean "married" (German: verheiratet).

L’amour est l’enfant de la liberté.
— French proverb


Useful words in... English



(first known use: 1884) 



The usage of an intentionally harsh (rather than polite) word or expression; antonym of "euphemism"


  • Referring to a psychiatrist as "shrink"
  • "Boneyard" for cemetery

Source: The Thinker's Thesaurus: Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words by Peter E. Meltzer; Merriam Webster


October 30, 2012

53rd Annual ATA Conference

At the 53rd Annual ATA Conference in San Diego, CA, from October 24-28. For some attendees, hurricane Sandy cut the conference short. Due to flight cancellations, many colleagues who had to fly back to the East Coast got stuck in San Diego or other airports on the way.


August 25 - September 15, 2012

The Internet & Politics, With Emphasis on the 2012 U.S. Elections

Interpreting job for the U.S. Department of State from August 25th - September 15th in San Francisco & Berkeley, CA, Washington, DC, Milwaukee, WI, Chicago, IL, and Boston, MA.

Theme: The Internet & Politics, With Emphasis on the 2012 U.S. Elections


Proverb of the Month

Multorum opera res turbantur.
— Latin proverb (dt.: Viele Köche verderben den Brei; engl.: Too many cooks spoil the broth.)


September 31

United States Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC

Pictures taken while on an interpreting assignment at the Capitol Visitor Center. For more information, please click on the link below:


52nd Annual ATA Conference

At the 52nd Annual ATA Conference from October 26-29, 2011, in Boston, MA.