Mar 11th 2013

Monday Mistake: Fried Beef with Wikipedia!

Ever thought of quenching your thirst for knowledge at a Chinese restaurant? Did the owners come up with an innovative food establishment where knowledge seekers can access Wikipedia for free while they eat?

Most likely, the writer used Google Translate while creating the menu.

Mistranslations can cause giant and expensive problems. While this humorous typo probably won’t cause heartburn, in 2009 the bank HSBC had to spend $10 million on a rebranding campaign after their slogan “assume nothing” was mistranslated into “do nothing” in various countries around the world.

The moral of this story is to make sure you have a trusty proofreader. Ginger can do the trick for all your editing needs – whether menus or food descriptions.

Add Ginger to your fried beef and avoid the taste of web pages in your mouth!

To see another funny example of Engrish, check out this blog post.

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Mar 7th 2013

Ginger celebrates International Woman’s Day!

In 1908, thousands of women in New York protested against their long hours, low pay and lack of voting rights. As a result, the first Woman’s Day was celebrated in the U.S.

The pioneering women that worked hard to gain the right to vote were known as “Suffragettes.”

The word “Suffragette” is derived from the word “suffrage,” meaning the right to vote, especially in a political election; and the suffix “-ette,” meaning “female.”

With the rise of socialism and the expansion of the Industrial Revolution, the suffragette’s struggle for women’s rights gained momentum internationally.

 

In Copenhagen during 1910, Clara Zetkin, a leader in the “Women’s Office” for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, proposed the idea of having a worldwide Women’s Day to highlight discrimination against women. She presented this idea at a conference of over 100 women from 17 countries. Her idea was adopted; thus creating International Women’s Day.

Today, International Women’s Day is celebrated as an official holiday by many countries. In some countries – such as China, Nepal and Madagascar – it is a holiday for women only. March 8 has become a global day for celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women of the past, present and future.

Read more: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

Take the time to support the advancement of women during this International Women’s Day!

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Mar 6th 2013

5 More Foreign Words that Should Be Added to English

There are so many awkward, funny and gut wrenching situations that deserve a dedicated word, yet no such word exists. Wellin English at least. Luckily, we found some more great words to add to our original list of unique words that we need in English that we posted back in September. Enjoy, and please add additional words in the comments.

1. yoko meshi (pronounced yoh-koh mesh-ee) – This Japanese word is literally translated as “a meal eaten sideways,” referring to the peculiar stress induced by speaking a foreign language. We all know that feeling as we stumble over the difficult pronunciations of foreign languagesjust like some of the words below! Pronouncing these words does often feel like eating a meal sideways.

2. prozvonit (pronounced  pros-VOH-nit) – This is the Czech word for when you call someone’s cell phone and only let it ring once before hanging up. This saves you the cost of paying for the call, putting the financial burden on your friend!

3. jayus (pronounced JI-oos) – In Indonesia, when a joke is told so poorly and awkwardly that it is funny, it is called a jayus. We have all witnessed this, and most of us have told a jayus or two ourselves.

4. Schadenfreude (pronounced Shuden-freude) – This German word is a noun for “pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.” Watching “America’s Funniest Home Videos” is an example of Schadenfreude.

5. zeg (pronounced zeh-G) – In Georgian, this word means “the day after tomorrow.” This mono-syllabic word is much easier to use than its 7-syllable English equivalent. “See you zeg!” We could definitely get used to that.

What words can you add to this list? Sleep on it and post them in our comments zeg!

For more great words that we need in English visit: http://sobadsogood.com/2012/04/29/25-words-that-simply-dont-exist-in-english/ and http://matadornetwork.com/abroad/20-awesomely-untranslatable-words-from-around-the-world/

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Mar 4th 2013

Happy Grammar Day from Ginger Software!

Today, March 4, is National Grammar Day in the United States! National Grammar Day  was created in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, who founded the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar.

What is the best way to celebrate this festive occasion? By promoting good grammar of course!

1. Share grammar tips with family or friends that could use the help. Here are some quick reference guides to some tricky grammar rules:

    1. Anyway vs. Anyways
    2. Compliment vs. Complement
    3. Affect vs. Effect
    4. You’re vs. Your

 

2. Learn how the modern English that we use today has progressed from Middle English. Find out what English sounded like 700 years ago here.

3. Spread the word! Change your Facebook profile picture to the image within this article to raise awareness about National Grammar Day!

How will YOU be celebrating?

 

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Feb 26th 2013

Ginger in TechCrunch!

We are very proud to have the new the Grammar & Spelling Keyboard featured in TechCrunch this week!

Rip Empson, of TechCrunch, describes how we have used our expertise developing Ginger’s Online Proofreader to bring the first, and only, Grammar checker to the mobile market.

The Ginger Keyboard works with all Android applications and checks your spelling and grammar with just one click. Use the Grammar & Spelling Keyboard for emailing, Facebooking, Tweeting and writing SMSs with more confidence and fewer mistakes while you are on-the-move.

Make the Ginger Keyboard the default on your phone and easily use it with any Android device.

Don’t forget to give us a positive review on the Google Play Store!

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