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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.
You can also order my best-selling books, Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to do With Pigs and Only in Canada You Say. Fun and informative!


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Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to do with Pigs
$17 Canadian
A very entertaining look at the surprising histories behind over 500 of our everyday words.

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Only in Canada You Say
$15 Canadian 
What makes Canadian English distinctive? If you're Canadian, you will be surprised to find that some of your everyday words are unique to us. This book lists over 1200 Canadianisms, organized thematically (so you can easily find out which Canadian words have to do with "Sex, Drugs, and Gambling"), with short essays about various aspects of the language. There's also a fun quiz!

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Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to do with Pigs PLUS Only in Canada You Say
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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.