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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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Monday, May 25, 2020

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Wordlady has been entertaining and informing you with free blog posts for over ten years now; the archive contains over 600 posts.

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  1. Well worth the price for the information received! I'll try to contribute as often as I can.

  2. Happy to contribute to keeping you going!

  3. Agreed! We have all benefitted from your wisdom and knowledge, so I'm happy to donate. I've particularly appreciated the blog while 'locked down".

  4. Done, thank you very much for your amazing work! Love reading and learning :)

  5. Very happy to contribute: your words always inform and entertain! (I remember your visits to CBC Radio, back in the day, and was hooked from the first broadcast I heard.) Onwards, verbal soldier! :-)


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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.