Canada's "Word Lady" to meet country's best spellers



    OTTAWA, April 11 /CNW/ - Canada's top spellers will have a new love of
words, or at least for their wacky origins and quirky histories, when they
meet Canada's "Word Lady" Katherine Barber later this week as part of the
CanWest CanSpell National Spelling Bee events.
    Katherine Barber heads Oxford University Press's Canadian Dictionary
Department and is Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian Oxford Dictionary. She is a
frequent guest on TV and radio shows across the country and recently
weighed-in on National Post's linguistic project to create a new word for
2007. ((*)Note: "wuzzam" is not a likely contender for the next edition of the
Canadian Oxford Dictionary!) In 1999 Ms. Barber won the Canadian Booksellers
Association's Editor of the Year Award.
    Ms. Barber will join the finalists at a special Breakfast of Champions at
the Lord Elgin Hotel the morning of April 13. Spellers will enjoy a
light-hearted and informative break with Ms. Barber before they take to the
national stage for the Preliminary Rounds of the bee championship at the
Canadian Museum of Civilization at 1:00 pm.
    "It's wonderful to see kids get excited about spelling, and about words
in general. I'm very pleased to be able to offer some special insights into
the history of English for these students who have worked so hard to reach the
finals of the Spelling Bee", said Ms. Barber.
    Spellers will depart the breakfast with copies of Katherine Barber's
popular "Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to Do with Pigs: and Other
Fascinating Facts about the Language from Canada's Word Lady" and her new
publication "Only in Canada You Say: A Treasury of Canadian Language", both
books that entertain as much as they enlighten.
    Oxford University Press is an official sponsor of the CanWest CanSpell
National Spelling Bee and donated copies of the second edition of The Canadian
Oxford Dictionary as gifts for winning spellers at the 20 regional events. The
dictionary is one of the official word sources for the CanWest CanSpell
program, and Oxford looks forward to collaborating with CanSpell for even
greater participation in the years to come.

    Oxford University Press is Canada's premier publisher of Canadian
dictionaries. It is a department of the University of Oxford and furthers the
University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education
by publishing worldwide.

    CanWest Global Communications Corp. (www.canwestglobal.com), (TSX: CGS
and CGS.A, NYSE:   CWG) an international media company, is Canada's largest
media company. In addition to owning the Global Television Network, CanWest
also owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in Canada's largest
publisher of daily newspapers, and conventional television, out-of-home
advertising, specialty cable channels, web sites and radio stations and
networks in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Singapore, the United
Kingdom and the United States.




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For further information: Bruce Leslie, VP, Community and Public
Relations, CanWest Global Communications Corp., Tel: (204) 953-7713 or (204)
229-5601, bleslie@canwest.com

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