Welcome to the Wordlady blog!

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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"I would go anywhere to hear her talk about anything."
"You're the best speaker we've ever had!"
"I haven't heard something like that in a long time."
"You should be a standup comic."
"That was hilarious!"
"Thank you for your fabulous presentation." 

"If you ever get the opportunity to hear the Word Lady speak in person, don’t let it pass you by!"
"We have some really good speakers, but you're PHENOMENAL!"
 That's what they say about the Word Lady.
To book, please contact me at wordlady.barber@gmail.com

May 9, 2018: Women's Canadian Club of Toronto

May 24, 2018: Carleton University, Ottawa, Living and Learning in Retirement: "English Schminglish: How Hebrew and Yiddish have enriched our language"

About Me

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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.