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Headshot of me with long hair, pink lip stick, light makeup Kara Babcock

Kar·a Bab·cock

/ˈkɑɹə ˈbæbˌkɑk/ Listen to how I pronounce my nametitle>

noun
  1. An inveterate reader.
  2. A word goddess.
  3. A force of nature.

Welcome to my personal site, including my blog of 17 years and links to my book reviews, podcasts, and other projects around the web.

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Recent Blog Posts

We cannot afford not to strike

Accepting arbitration now is not the way forward, not when OSSTF should be standing up with the labour movement across North America.

One month of that EV life

Recently I marked my first month as the owner of a brand-new 2023 Kia Niro EV! I’ve known for a while now that I wanted my next vehicle to be electric; I didn’t expect it to happen quite so soon. However, the timing was right. The venerable 2010 Mazda 3 I was driving until this summer was finally costing too much, in terms of annual maintenance, and I found myself in a position where…

Levelling up

My school’s graduation ceremony was an opportunity for me to celebrate my students and also myself.

Recent Book Reviews

Cover image for Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

4 out of 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Published

This book has been on my to-read list for ages. People keep recommending it to me (shout out to Meagan in particular). In true Kara fashion, I bought Wordslut and then allowed it to languish on my physical to-read shelf for … I don’t know, years? Meanwhile, I listened religiously (pun intended) to the Sounds Like a Cult podcast that Amanda Montell cohosted. The time has come, however, to talk about language from a…