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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.
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Nominate Wordlady for a "Best English language blog" award!

Share the love with the Macmillan Dictionary Love English Awards 2013

Posted by on November 19, 2013 Macmillan Dictionary Love English Awards 2013There are lots of things to look forward to in November: Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving, the turning on of the Christmas lights, and the Macmillan Dictionary Love English Awards of course!
These awards, hosted by Macmillan Dictionary, give you a chance to tell us which is your favourite blog and website about the English language. We know there are lots of excellent English language resource sites out there (in many languages too) – this is the time to show your love and appreciation for the blogs/websites that feed your craving for English language knowledge!
To learn more about the Love English Awards, including previous years’ winners, visit our Love English Awards page.
Nominations are now open – why not nominate your favourites:
  • Nominate your favourite English language blog here.
  • Nominate your favourite English language website here.
Nominate now and be in in with a chance of winning a Nexus 7 Tablet!
Find out how you can win a Nexus 7 Tablet.
Important dates to remember:
  • Nominations end on 12 January 2014
  • Voting starts on 21 January 2014
  • Voting ends on Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2014
  • Winners and runners-up of the Macmillan Dictionary Love English Awards 2013 and the lucky winner of the Google Nexus 7 tablet will be announced on 18 February 2014.


  1. This is always interesting and informative not to mention often humorous. If you have not read this blog I highly recommend it.


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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.