Monthly Archives: June 2014

Mind Your “It’ses” and “Itses,” Please!

In fall 2011, I took a writing techniques class at Montreal’s McGill University. I remember receiving and reading a list of rules for writers and writing techniques. One of the rules read as follows: “Use the apostrophe in it’s proper place and omit it when its not needed.” The rules were meant to be humorous […]

Le futebol et le fútbol : le football?

La Coupe du monde de la FIFA 2014 se tiendra du 12 juin au 13 juillet 2014, au Brésil. Les partisans du sport se rassembleront pour encourager leurs équipes préférées, en espérant que l’une d’entre elles soit proclamée championne du monde. Les partisans de ce sport ne seront pas les seuls à suivre la Coupe. Je […]

Futebol & Fútbol = Football?

From June 12 to July 13, 2014, Brazil will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Sports fans will gather together to cheer their favourite teams on, hoping one of them will ultimately be declared the world’s champion. Sports fans won’t be the only ones watching this Cup. I bet some of my language professional colleagues […]

Soccer Time!

As you know, the 2014 Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s World Cup is now underway. I hope some of you have taken some time out of your schedule to take part in the action. With the help of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s sister station, the Société Radio-Canada (SRC), and the federal government’s Translation Bureau, it […]

Use of “I” and “Me”

Ah, the famous personal pronouns. Although these pronouns are undoubtedly all-purpose words that fit any spoken, written, or translated context, they are—sadly—misused. I will admit I don’t regularly watch television or movies, but I will admit that I am often irritated when I hear actors or ordinary people—like you and me—incorrectly using I and me. […]