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Redhouse – Ode to a Lexicographer

If you have been trained, or have studied a trade, to perform a job on a universally acknowledged level, but are not fortunate enough to enjoy the pleasures of laboring the fancy things in your field, you will mellow out spending time on things related to the prettier parts of your profession. Like I start doing now.
I am a translator. I labor foreign words to the satisfaction of my clients who need to receive texts foreign to them in their native tongue, or who do not have the time to naturalize those texts for their own use. I didn’t have the slightest idea, years ago when I started learning the English language, that I would be making a living by translating commercial documents, user manuals, agreements, websites, academic papers (undeservedly pretentious at times), separation deeds, passports, and many other unfancy works of this vale of tears. Wearisome as it might be from time to time, I like my job anyway. But I also like one particular aspect of my job, which is the incessan…