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Only in Canada, You Say: A Treasury of Canadian Language

Only in Canada, You Say          
Format Softcover OR Format Hardcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-19-542984-8   Catalogue No. 978-0-19-542707-3
Pages 272   Pages 272
Language English only   Language English only
Price $12.95   Price $24.95
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Written by Katherine Barber.
Published by Oxford University Press, 2007. Softcover edition published 2008.


Ask any Canadian about a distinctly Canadian form of English, and most will offer an enthusiastic Bob-and-Doug-McKenzie 'eh' in response. A passionate few might also bring up the colour vs. color debate or our pronunciations of 'out' and 'about'. And some may point to the ubiquitous Canadian toque as evidence of a language that is all our own. If this is your idea of Canadian English, then it might surprise you that Katherine Barber, Editor-in-Chief of the best-selling Canadian Oxford Dictionary and author of the best-selling Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to Do With Pigs, has written a new book filled with nothing but made-in-Canada vocabulary.

Only in Canada You Say highlights more than 1,200 words and phrases that are unique to our neck of the woods. For example, did you know that those tasty butter tarts your mother or grandmother used to make don’t exist beyond our borders? And, jokes about living in the Great White North aside, can you name all of the distinctly 17 Canadian words for ice?

Organized thematically, Only in Canada You Say covers Canadian English from coast to coast to coast, with sections dedicated to the things we love to do, where we live, how we get around, and what we wear. The entertaining and informative introductions to each section provide a fresh, often eye-opening, perspective on the reality of Canadian English from Canada’s own 'Word Lady', Katherine Barber. The perfect lexicon for anyone wanting to understand Canadians, this book will also help us to understand—and celebrate—ourselves.

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