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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hebrew and Yiddish Words Talk in Ottawa

"English Schminglish: Hebrew and Yiddish Words in English" with Katherine Barber

Hebrew and Yiddish words have enriched the English language for much longer than you may think, and continue to do so. From messiah to maven, sabbath to schnook, English wouldn’t be the same without its Jewish heritage. Whether you are familiar with Hebrew and Yiddish or not, this fun lecture will open your ears to an important source of English vocabulary.
Lecture, discussion, and visual presentation 
  • Day: Thursday, May 24th, 2018
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Room 124, Leeds House Building, Carleton University, Ottawa
  • Fee: $30.00 (HST included)
  • Enrollment capacity: 55 participants
Carleton University parking passes are available for purchase at the time of registration. The parking pass fees (including HST) are $6.00 for each one time evening lecture held on campus.

Registration begins on Tuesday, January 30th, at 9:00 a.m.

Online registration form will be available on Tuesday, January 30th at 9:00 a.m., and can be accessed using the following link: carleton.ca/linr/online-registration/. You can also send your registration via e-mail or leave a telephone message at or after 9:00 a.m. Please note that any registrations received prior to 9:00 a.m. on January 30th will not be considered.
Additional registration details can be found on the website: carleton.ca/linr/registration/.

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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.