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Wayde Compton


Wayde Compton is also the editor of the anthology Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Orature and Literature. An excerpt from “Portals: East Vancouver Oral Histories,” a fictitious monologue in Performance Bond (Arsenal Pulp Press), appears in Geist 55.

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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. 

Simon McGavin, Cyberspace

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