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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Like, teenage girls? This is how they, like, speak?

Interesting article about trends in teenage girls' language and how they affect the language as a whole. Click here.


  1. I remember a CBC-produced DVD that (I thought) you were involved with that actually explained all the different uses of "like" even when apparently used without meaning. I think it was either a DVD about Canadian English, and this was a bonus feature or an additional DVD that came with it.

  2. Hi Frank, the CBC did indeed do a documentary about Canadian English in which I was involved. As I recall, I spent a lot of time wandering around a supermarket talking about the spelling of "yogourt"! I think they got a U of T linguist to weigh in on the "like" question.


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Canada's Word Lady, Katherine Barber is an expert on the English language and a frequent guest on radio and television. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Her witty and informative talks on the stories behind our words are very popular. Contact her at wordlady.barber@gmail.com to book her for speaking engagements; she can tailor her talks to almost any subject. She is also available as an expert witness for lawsuits.