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Tales From the Word Guy
What Your English Teacher Never Taught You
by Jonathan Berkowitz

Tales from the Word Guy is a collection of essays adapted from the author’s segments on CBC Radio One’s North by Northwest. Jonathan Berkowitz takes the reader on a delightful journey through the history, idiosyncrasies, and sheer pleasures of the English language. He covers how English evolved and expanded over the centuries. And he reminds us of long-forgotten aspects of how to use the language properly. You will chuckle at how it is used improperly, often with amusing results. With enthusiasm, humour, and plenty of infectious fun, Berkowitz offers up a deep appreciation for the beauty of our language. If you love our language, you’ll love this look at it.

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Dr. Jonathan Berkowitz is the Word Guy on North by Northwest on CBC Radio One where he shares his lifelong passion for all aspects of the English language. Author of The Whirl of Words about word puzzles of all sorts, Berkowitz is an award-winning professor of statistics at The University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. His love of language and word puzzles is a natural component of his everyday life, which he shares with vivid wit and a twinkle in his eye. For more information, visit


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