In a Word - It's Canadian, eh?

    Canadian Oxford Dictionary new source for CanSpell Word of the Day

    WINNIPEG, June 28 /CNW/ - It's no coincidence that the Word of the Day
feature in newspapers across the country will have a new format on Canada Day.
Starting July 1st, sponsoring newspapers of the CanWest CanSpell National
Spelling Bee, presented by Canada Post, will introduce a new look and
pronunciation guide to the CanSpell Word of the Day feature thanks to an
expanded partnership with Oxford University Press, publishers of the Canadian
Oxford Dictionary.
    Newspapers that sponsor CanWest CanSpell have been providing readers with
a daily dose of vocabulary since the national spelling bee program launched in
2005. Until now, the source material came from the U.S.-based Merriam-Webster
    "CanSpell is a completely Canadian program with the benefit of an
international stage for our competitors via our relationship with Scripps
National Spelling Bee," said David Asper, Executive Vice President of CanWest
Global Communications Corp. and Chairman of National Post.
    "Because of the U.S. aspect of the competition, we have worked to ensure
CanSpell represents our unique Canadian culture. Over the years, we've built a
great relationship with our country's esteemed lexicographers at the Canadian
Oxford Dictionary project in Toronto and we're pleased to announce that
beginning on Canada Day, they will be the sole providers for the daily
vocabulary lesson that appears in most of CanSpell's sponsor newspapers."
    Katherine Barber, Canada's Word Lady and Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian
Oxford Dictionary, adds, "What really distinguishes Canadians is our word
usage and pronunciations. The new pronunciation guide for the Word of the Day
addresses how we sometimes say things differently in Canada, and also provides
a simplified and more intuitive format, which is helpful for those
particularly challenging new words!"
    Though it was launched as a supplement to promote the CanWest CanSpell
National Spelling Bee, the Word of the Day feature has captured the interest
of readers of all ages. It also appears daily on the CanWest CanSpell website
at, where readers will be able to access even more
"Canadianisms" when Ms. Barber launches a monthly editorial on the site in
    "CanSpell's whole approach to making spelling, study and vocabulary
skills 'cool' is something Oxford University Press is really proud to be part
of," said Ms. Barber.
    Oxford University Press's Canadian-based dictionary department is
dedicated to providing Canadians with authoritative reference works that truly
reflect how we use English. In 1998, the department published the
award-winning, best-selling Canadian Oxford Dictionary, now in its 2nd
Edition. Oxford Canada, established in 1904, publishes a complete line of
critically acclaimed dictionaries and reference books. Oxford University Press
( is a department of the University of Oxford. It
furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship,
and education by publishing worldwide.

    About CanWest Global Communications Corp.
    CanWest Global Communications Corp. (, (TSX: CGS
and CGS.A) 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

For further information:

For further information: Lynne Munro, CanWest Global Communications
Corp., Tel: (204) 953-7765,; Katherine Barber, Oxford
University Press, Tel: (416) 441-5660 or (204) 452-7175,

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