Welcome to the Wordlady blog!

This blog is about the fascinating, fun, and challenging things about the English language. I hope to entertain you and to help you with problems or just questions you might have with spelling and usage. I go beyond just stating what is right and what is wrong, and provide some history or some tips to help you remember. Is something puzzling you? Feel free to email me at wordlady.barber@gmail.com.
You can also order my best-selling books, Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to do With Pigs and Only in Canada You Say. Fun and informative!


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Speaking Engagements

Does your group make comments like this to your speakers?

"I would go anywhere to hear her talk about anything."
"You're the best speaker we've ever had!"
"I haven't heard something like that in a long time."
"You should be a standup comic."
"That was hilarious!"
"Thank you for your fabulous presentation." 

"If you ever get the opportunity to hear the Word Lady speak in person, don’t let it pass you by!"
"We have some really good speakers, but you're PHENOMENAL!"
 That's what they say about the Word Lady.
To book, please contact me at wordlady.barber@gmail.com


Word lovers! What could possibly be better than talking about words?

Talking about words... while eating scones! 

Canada's Word Lady


 Tea and Wordlady!

Tuesday July 12 at 230 pm

Hebrew and Yiddish:
Alive and Well and Living in English
An entertaining illustrated talk about how
Hebrew and Yiddish words have enriched English
and continue to do so.

Full afternoon tea (sandwiches, mini-quiche, scones, cream, and jam, fruit and petits fours, pot of tea) 
including tax and tip, and
talk by Katherine Barber

T-Buds Tea Lounge
2nd floor (17 steps)
3343 Yonge St, Toronto
At the corner of Yonge and Snowdon/Fairlawn
3 blocks north (about 5 minutes walk) of the north (Ranleigh) exit of Lawrence subway station

Space is limited to only 24.
To register for a "Tea and Wordlady" event, please
1) send me an email (wordlady.barber@gmail.com) 
to say that you are coming
2) send a cheque for $50 per person (includes tax) made out to Katherine Barber at 
201 Hanson St, Toronto M4C 1A7.
If you use online banking, you can also do an Interac e-transfer.
3) On receipt of your payment I will email you your ticket(s) 

PS: If you want to know how to pronounce "scone", see this post: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2011/06/con-or-cone.html)

About Me

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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.