Nowadays, quotes are more popular than ever. Some of them are have a huge success, because they manage to contain in just a few words an idea that can reach to the heart of many readers.
Usually, we don’t think about quotes as cultural vehicles. But this is what they really are. By means of translation, they travel the world, carrying with them not just the idea of one author or another, but a part of his culture as well.
This is what Intercogito intends to do, a project that aims to promote the Romanian culture around the world, by introducing 1000 classic Romanian quotes, translated in 5 different languages: English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian.
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Omnilexica’s Word of the Year 2016 selection has brought some very interesting insights and we would like to share it with you.
Omnilexica.com was busy all 365 days of the year. People from all parts of the world visited the online dictionary to find the meanings of words that they didn’t know.
We have looked back to find out the Word of the Year for 2016 and have come up with the Top Ten terms that were most searched by users all though the year.
The word that tops’ the list is “ethnocentrism“, which has become very relevant in today’s context, when the world is in turmoil with ethnicity becoming a byword for inter-racial disharmony. This word can be defined as the belief in the intrinsic superiority of culture, nation or group to which a specific person belongs. It is usually associated by feelings of dislike for the other groups.
It is a good thing that people are searching for this word. It indicates that more people become aware of this prejudice. They realize that other cultures have their own unique practices and views. As a result, they would tend to accept the views of people who belong to different cultures. This would lead towards cultural harmony and world peace in the long run.
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What word people have searched in our database the most? So folks this is the start of year 2016 and it’s about time for us to answer this question. Considering the queries users have entered in the search box of Omnilexica.com, we have selected “salad bowl” as the Word of the Year 2015 – although it is not a word but a phrase.
Some of you may be thinking that at on what criteria we’ve crowned “salad bowl” as the Word of the Year. Well, here at Omnilexica we do look at a couple of factors before reaching at a decision:
- Number of queries throughout the year
- Message that a word or a phrase is sending
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Why we need a global language and which language can be considered for this taking various factors into consideration?
As in species survival, dominance, proliferation and extinction, in language too there are many factors which contribute to similar situations.
If we get down to serious research on each and every one of these areas of survival and extinction of different languages and the dominance of certain languages in certain geographical locations/regions, in certain specific domains of life etc, probably we can simultaneously document many other areas of life on earth which has either influenced or impacted these developments and vice versa that is how certain languages have influenced and impacted many areas of life on earth.
This is a very vast area of research but in this article I plan to restrict to very limited area of language i.e. the prevalence, preponderance, preference for English.
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It’s not a topic that gets brought up, or talked about very often, or even very openly. It may have something to do with not wanting to look overly “sensitive”, or easily offended, or even critical. But I can guarantee you that, at some time in the lives and experiences of those of us who come from an Italian-American heritage, we find ourselves more than a little bothered.
When is it? What causes this kind of reaction? It’s the way someone from our family background gets depicted in popular culture – be it in feature films, or on television, or as material in a stand-up comedy routine that’s a sure-fire laugh-getter. The men associated with any of these situations are certain to be wearing gaudy gold chains, with a strong chance they’ve got a gun tucked out of sight. The women will likely have teased hair two feet high, provocative apparel and layers of make-up. And their language is liberally sprinkled with obscenities. That’s how the “general public” sees Italian-Americans.
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Omnilexica provides a huge amount of lexical and encyclopedic content in a unified form. The most prominent feature is that it defines almost every word, expression, name, or title you can find in an English text.
There are many cases when you may want to include a definition in an article or web application, so Omnilexica makes this easier by becoming an oEmbed provider. From what we can find, Omnilexica is the first oEmbed provider for a dictionary – even more, an encyclopedic one!
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One of the features introduced by Windows 8 in 2012 and improved by Windows 8.1 in 2013 is the Start Screen – the front-end interface that shows up immediately after the user logs in the operating system and allows to quickly start the most important applications. The Start Screen is full of tiles and many of them show dynamic content. In some cases, this is really useful, not just some fancy stuff.
The Internet became a vital part of computing. In essence, a website is an online application, so it isn’t a surprise that it’s possible for a website to be pinned to the Start Screen. The website can also provide dynamic content for the tile, making it more than just a simple shortcut to the home page.
This is precisely what Omnilexica.com does. When it is pinned to the Start Screen, it provides for the tile random definitions of not so common words and expressions. This content is rotated and automatically updated. If you drag the tile in a visible spot, you’ll see it from time to time, so in that way you’ll improve your vocabulary.
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When the Omnilexica project started, it was meant to be an online easy-to-use application: you, the user, make a simple request and the proper page shows up. But we live in a complex world and not all things are so simple. Omnilexica is growing and we have some not so obvious features to share with you. This is the first reason why the Omnilexica Blog is opened today.
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