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Saturday, August 16, 2014

'Qajaq' Floats Into Scrabble Dictionary

In this article, Ben Zimmer of the Wall Street Journal talks to me about how "qajaq", made it into the Canadian Oxford Dictionary as a variant of "kayak", and how it made its way into the Official Scrabble Player's Dictionary:

"The latest edition of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary was released earlier this week, and the big news for Scrabble addicts is the addition of 5,000 new words that will now be officially playable in North America.
The additions that will have the largest impact on players will be..."

http://online.wsj.com/articles/scrabble-dictionary-allows-thousands-of-new-words-1408124528


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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.