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André Alexis


André Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. His work has won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2017 edition of CBC’s Canada Reads (Fifteen Dogs), and been shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award (The Hidden Keys). In 2017 he received a Windham-Campbell Prize for his body of work.

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Why doesn’t anyone in North America say barmy for balmy? According to my research, Barmy came first and still enjoys a jolly life. But most North American dictionaries don’t even mention the earlier Scots barmy. 

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