Bill Casselman

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For a Canadian politician, see William H. Casselman.

William Gordon Casselman (born 1942, Dunnville, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian writer and broadcaster. He has written a number books about Canadian words[1] and produced a number of radio and TV shows featuring comedy and linguistics.[2] Casselman also maintains a website about English etymology[3] and a blog, The Casselmanual.[4]


  • Casselman's Canadian Words: A Comic Browse through Words & Folk Sayings Invented by Canadians
  • Casselmania: More Wacky Canadian Words & Sayings 1996 Little, Brown, ISBN 0-316-13314-0
  • Canadian Garden Words, 1997, McArthur & Company, ISBN 0-316-13343-4
  • A Dictionary of Medical Derivations: The Real Meanings of Medical Words, 1998, Parthenon Publishing Group, ISBN 1-85070-771-5
  • Canadian Food Words: The Juicy Lore & Tasty Origins of Foods That Founded a Nation 1998, 1999 McArthur & Company ISBN 1-55278-018-X
    • The book was a recipient of the 1999 Canadian Culinary Book Award [5]
  • What's in a Canadian Name? The Origins and Meanings of Canadian Surnames, 2000 McArthur & Company, ISBN 1-55278-141-0
  • Canadian Sayings : 1200 Folk Sayings Used by Canadians, Collected and Annotated by Bill Casselman,1999 McArthur & Company, Toronto, Canada ISBN 1-55278-076-7
  • Canadian Sayings 2: 1000 Folk Sayings Used by Canadians, 2002 McArthur & Company,ISBN 1-55278-272-7
  • Canadian Sayings 3: 1000 Folk Sayings Used by Canadians, 2004 McArthur & Company,ISBN 1-55278-425-8
  • As The Canoe Tips: Comic Scenes from Canadian Life, 2005 McArthur & Company, ISBN 1-55278-493-2
  • Canadian Words & Sayings, 2006 McArthur & Company, ISBN 1-55278-569-6
  • Where a Dobdob Meets a Dikdik, 2010, Adams Media, ISBN 1-4405-0636-1 (also available in several e-book formats)
    • Excerpt: "I delight in the joy of odd bird names: <...> How about an authentic bird name such as the Sooty Boubou? Sooty Boubou. Sounds like something that must be cured by an injection of antibiotics, after being contracted during an unwise moment of carnality in a Nairobi outhouse."


  1. ^ "The English Language in Canada: Status, History and Comparative Analysis", by Charles Boberg, ISBN 0-521-87432-7, 2010, p. 49
  2. ^ Bill Casselman autobiography
  3. ^ Official website
  4. ^ The Casselmanual
  5. ^ Canadian Culinary Book Award