Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to Do with Pigs: The English language has travelled so far through History and served as the prime medium of communication for so many cultures.
Did you know that the word "travel" is derived from an instrument of torture? That "tragedy" originally was something to do with goats? That "grammar" and "glamour" started out as one and the same word?.
Today I would like you to listen to a podcast by Katherine Patricia Mary Barber, also known just as Katherine Barber (1959) and often referred to as Canada's word lady.
Katherine Barber is a former editor-in-chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. She has been posting on the English language since july 2009. She is in fact an expert on the English language, and has written several articles about the English Language in newspapers, and given lectures on the English Language as well.
I came across her writings by searching online which blog had won the Love English Awards in 2013, and I found the nominees. It read: "Vote for your favourite blog about the English language".
The English language has been so absorbent, soaking up words and phrases from every language it has touched.
More about Katherine Patricia Mary Barber (born 1959)
She is a Canadian lexicographer and was previously Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.
Katherine Barber began her dictionary work with the Bilingual Canadian Dictionary project at the University of Ottawa. She has been interviewed around the world. The Canadian Oxford Dictionary won the Canadian Booksellers Association's Libris Award for Non-Fiction Book of the Year and Specialty Book for 1999.
Katherine Barber won the Libris Award for Editor of the Year in 1999, and was the winner of the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2000 at the University of Winnipeg.
From 1984 to 1991, she was a lecturer in the School of Translation and Interpretation at the University of Ottawa.
From 1989 to 1991, she was a research associate with the Bilingual Canadian Dictionary project at the University of Ottawa.
Katherine Barber has published:
Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to Do with Pigs and Other Fascinating Facts about the Language from Canada's Word Lady (2006) Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press
Newspaper clip, on April 28th, 2006, PDF, about her book "Six Words..."
Only in Canada You Say: A Treasury of Canadian Language (2007) , Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press
Katherine Barber, blog's feed
Podcast Katherine Barber, podcasts.tvo.org, about the English language, MP3, 29min - Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to Do with Pigs
Judyth Piazza Interviews Katherine Barber, Author of Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to Do with Pigs (English audio)
Canwest News Service (October 1st, 2008) «Oxford closes Canadian dictionary division». Canada.com.
«Canadian Oxford Dictionary» Oxford University Press.
New, William H. (2002). Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. University of Toronto Press. p. 62. ISBN 9780802007612.
«Speakers». University of Toronto.