language

Do You Pronounce GUI 'Gee-Yu-Eye' Or 'Gooey'?

Yesterday, Lifehacker attended the Unified Communications Expo in London where assorted industry experts converge to discuss the future of collaborative business technology. As you’d expect, many of the presentations focused on new graphical user interfaces (GUIs) that aim to disrupt touch screens. During these speeches, we couldn’t help but notice an interesting anomaly — around half the presenters pronounced the aforementioned acronym “gee-yu-eye” while the other half plumped for “gooey”. Which do you prefer?


Shorten Breakfast To Brekkie For Maximum Accuracy

When breakfast sounds too informal, we’re happy to shorten it to brekkie. But what’s the correct way to spell that?


What’s The Second Most Common Language In Each Country?

Determining the primary language in a given country isn’t too tough, because it’s usually the official language. But what about the second-most used tongue?


Readlang Helps You Learn A Foreign Language As You Surf The Web

The most effective way to learn a foreign language is to immerse yourself as much as possible in it. Readlang is a web app and Chrome extension that helps you learn by translating websites, and creating flashcards and word lists for you.


Every Day, Everyday People Choose The Wrong Spelling For This Word

They’re the same words in the same order — but one has a space and one doesn’t, and they mean different things. Here’s what you need to know to use everyday and every day correctly.


Things You Should Never Say To Women Working In Tech Or Science

As you know, women are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) fields — and many are leaving the profession in droves. Part of the problem: the alienating and clueless things said to female scientists, mathematicians and engineers by their colleagues.


How To Get By Overseas When You Don't Speak The Language

Unless you have a super-brain, you’re probably not going to learn a whole new language every time you visit a different country. But with the right tools in your arsenal, you can get by. Here’s how to survive when you don’t understand the native tongue.


Why You Try To Do Something, Not Try And Do It

When we fail, we often say we’ll try and do better. Damn! We just failed again. The correct expression is “try to”, not “try and”.


'There's Learnings Every Week Because We Are Frontiering This'

Conference presentations are often where language goes to die. The comment above — a direct transcript of a remark I heard at a technology event last week — certainly has the stench of linguistic death about it. Can you identify the three horrendous errors therein?


Oh Gee, Phlegm Has A G

Hacking up phlegm is not pleasant. Also not pleasant: spelling phlegm incorrectly as phlem.