Most people think of Ferdinand Magellan as the Portuguese explorer who first sailed around the planet on a quest to prove that the Earth was round. Now, consider this. While Magellan did sail from Spain on an expedition that eventually .. Read More.
Jerome, the illustrious theologian and linguist we celebrate as the patron saint of translators, may have been canonized after his death, but while he trudged the earth his temper was rather unsaintly. His knack for languages was rivaled only by .. Read More.
In 1988, I was living in Constance, Germany as a graduate student. The Seoul Olympics were upon us. I would compromise on anything, as long as I didn’t miss the men’s 100-meter dash final, the long-awaited face-off between legendary US sprinter .. Read More.
“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” —Mark Twain Toward the end of his life, Ludwig van Beethoven experienced growing hearing impairment that eventually left him completely deaf. The .. Read More.