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Aprile 2019
The Speak Up blog answers any questions you may have either about the English language or our articles. Write to us at: http://blog.speakuponline.it. The most interesting questions will be published on this page. A word of warning, though: our blog is not a translation or homework service!

I have just read the article about Saint Valentine with interest but I am very surprised that there is no mention of Terni. Here we all know that the real Saint Valentine is in the Basilica of Terni! Annarita

Dear Annarita,
You are quite right. We really should have included the Saint Valentine buried at Terni as part of the hypothesis about the origins of Saint Valentine’s Day. As you may know, martyrology is a fascinating if complicated discipline – there are several Christian martyrs named Valentine. Some say the day takes its name from a priest who was martyred around 270 AD by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus. According to legend, the priest signed a letter “from your Valentine” to his jailer’s daughter, whom he had befriended and cured of blindness. Some alleged relics of this saint rest in the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Dublin (Ireland). Other accounts hold that it was St. Valentine of Terni, a bishop, for whom the holiday was named, though it is possible that the two saints were actually one person. Best, Speak Up

Nell’articolo su Michelle Obama, a pag. 30, si legge: “After Harvard, Michelle returned to Chicago to work at a law firm. There, she was assigned as mentor to a young associate named Barack Obama”.
Io tradurrei: “... ella fu assegnata come tutor a un giovane associato di nome Barak Obama”.
Dove sbaglio, visto che è evidente che Obama era tutor di Michelle e non il contrario?
Non si sarebbe dovuto scrivere: “... There, a young associate named Barak Obama was assigned to her as tutor“?
Grazie e buon lavoro,
Franco D.

Dear Franco,
You may think so because Barack is almost three years older than Michelle, but actually it was she who mentored him. Both graduated from the prestigious Harvard Law School, but Michelle did so in 1988, and Barack in 1991, both with really good grades. Michelle had been working as an associate at the Chicago law firm Sidley and Austin for three years when Barack was hired. So, yes, although she is younger, Michelle was his senior at the office. All the best,

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