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Thursday, August 21, 2014

#Canadianism of the day: hang up one's skates

#Canadianism of the day: hang up one's skates = retire from professional life.

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2 comments:

  1. I'm glad to find you here and to see you haven't hung up your skates! Got a few copies of the Cdn Oxford wherever I work, really indebted to your contribution to Canadian English!

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  2. Thank you so much, Nicholas, that is very gratifying to hear.

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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.