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Saturday, July 11, 2015

What's the right way to say schedule? Wordlady on CBC

Here I am on The Vinyl Cafe (first 15 minutes) talking about the pronunciation of "schedule" and "raspberry", among other things: http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/The+Vinyl+Cafe/ID/2661745438/

For more detail on "schedule", see this post: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2015/02/how-do-you-pronounce-schedule.html

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  1. Just listened to your one time CBC Vinyl Cafe broadcast. Aside from my favorite show (The Debators) on every Saturday afternoon, I would listen to you two EVERY Sunday!! (Can't even remember the broadcasters name, but I won't forget yours). I've had the worst lifetime immigrating to Canada from the USA. Your broadcast made me forget all my worries for the briefest moment. Hilarious! Hope you have the best day!

  2. I am curious if we were to survey people 50 years of age and older, how many of them said s-k-edule growing up? I find that most older people pronounce words closer to traditional British pronunciation. When does something become 'Canadian' versus simple Americanization? For example, the Loyalists came to Canada before 1800 but Webster's spelling reform occurred later. Why consider his spelling reforms 'Canadian'?

  3. I woke up from my sleep listening to this from my radio alarm! I laughed so hard hearing you exclaim: "Well you don't call diapers 'nappies', do ya?" to Stuart. It was a pleasure listening to your discussion!

    I will purchase a Canadian-English dictionary in your honour.


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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.