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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Tea and Talk

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

Talking about words... while eating scones! 

Therefore, I am proposing an entertaining
"Tea and Wordlady"
event to be held on a weekday afternoon in Toronto sometime in February.
Here are the details:
Full afternoon tea (sandwiches, mini-quiche, scones, cream, and jam, fruit and petits fours, pot of tea) including tax and tip,
and a fun-filled one-hour 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 22

If you think this sounds like fun, please let me know, to help me schedule it, by emailing me at wordlady.barber@gmail.com:

1) which weekday(s) suits you

2) which of the following talks interest you (you can choose more than one!)

Why the English Language is so Wacky
A fun look at how our language has evolved

Bachelor for Rent:
Things You Never Suspected About  Canadian English
A hilarious look at what is distinctive about

Canadians and their language
Hebrew and Yiddish:
Alive and Well and Living in English
An entertaining look at how Hebrew and Yiddish words have enriched the English language over the course of its history
A great gift for your Valentine!
PS: If you want to know how to pronounce "scone", see this post: http://katherinebarber.blogspot.ca/2011/06/con-or-cone.html)

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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.