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Saturday, September 4, 2010

I wish....

Just stumbled across this statement in a Calgary Herald article from earlier this year:
Since it first appeared in 1998, more than a million copies of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary have been sold. And Katherine Barber, who supervised its production and that of the 2005 second edition, has become a minor celeb as "Canada's Word Lady."
A million copies! Wow! So how come I don't have a job anymore???
(Actually I think that figure is, shall we say, somewhat exaggerated).

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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.