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Word of the day- April 27, 2009

capricious

Pronunciation-\kuh-PRISH-us; -PREE-shus\

Adjective;

Definition-
Dictionary.com- Apt to change suddenly; whimsical; changeable.

Wiktionary- Impulsive and unpredictable; determined by chance, impulse, or whim; as, a capricious winterstorm, stringent rulers often act capriciously.

“Molly was a capricious woman. Her moods were unpredictable, her anger petty and vicious.”
Rand Roberts and James Olson, John Wayne: American

Word of the day- April 21, 2009

Quiescent

Pronunciation- \kwy-ES-uhnt; kwee-\

adjective

Definition-
Dictionary.com- Being in a state of repose; at rest; still; inactive.

Wiktionary- Inactive, at rest, quiet.

Translations-
Spanish- Quiescente
French- Repos
German- Ruhestrom

“A vicious but localized Sino-Japanese war raged around the Shanghai region through much of 1932. The conflict then settled into a quiescent phase for several years.”
– David M. Kennedy, “The Horror”, The Atlantic, April 1998

Word of the day- April 20, 2009

Equivocate

Pronunciation- \ih-KWIV-uh-kayt\

Intransitive verb

Definition-

Word of the day- April 19, 2009

Pugnacious

Pronunciation- \puhg-NAY-shuhs\

Adjective

Definition-

Dictionary.com-
Inclined to fight; combative; quarrelsome.

Wiktionary-
Aggressive, combative, warlike, belligerent.

“Roberto’s pugnacious grandmother lived across the meadow and would yell threats and curses helplessly from her balcony.”
– Tag Gallagher, The Adventures of Roberto Rossellini

Translations-
Spanish- Pugnaz
French- Pugnace
German- Streitsüchtig

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Should startups translate their marketing collateral into other languages than English?

Of course they shouldn’t.

Why should they? All of their early adopters read English.

NO! NO! NO!

The fact that you’re a native English speaker, or that you studied English since kindergarten doesn’t mean that the early adopters of your technology or product understand English as well.

On the contrary: most of them do not. Those managers in Korea, Japan, China, Dubai and even France or Germany don’t know English. Some of them don’t even think they need to.

Translation of the company’s marketing collateral, homepage, ads and landing pages has so many benefits:
1. Helps your customers finding you on search … Continue Reading

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