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Canadianisms, eh!

August 5, 2011

In Canada, the majority of the population speaks English. Although it’s the same language spoken in other parts of the world and sometimes the accent is also the same, there’s a few Canadian-only terms that have arisen over time.

Should any of you reading this decide that Canada should be a place worth visiting (???), here’s a helpful lexicon of Canadianisms.

eh – a verbal representation of any combination of an exclamation point and a question mark. Usage: The Leafs suck, eh? Or: The Leafs suck, eh!

double double – a coffee with two cream and two sugar. Usage: I’ll have a medium double double and a plain doughnut.

hoser – a derogatory term for a person, a generic insult. Usage: You’re a hoser.

life sentence – a twenty five year prison term. Usage: The convicted murderer served a life sentence and is now being paroled.

poutine – a hideous concoction of cheese curds and gravy poured onto french fries. Usage: The man from Quebec spoiled a bowl of french fries by making it poutine.

Gord – the first born male from a Canadian family. Usage: The Johnsons named their son Gord.

artist – a person of means who refuses to work and lives on welfare. Usage: The artist received another grant for a yet unspecified work.

American beer – water. Usage: I’m the designated driver so I’ll just have an American beer.

election – a popularity contest with a temporary dictatorship as the first prize. Usage: Dalton McGuinty won the last provincial election.

roll up the rim to win – literally translates to “I’m a Canadian, let me in.” Usage: The weary traveler said to the border guard “Roll up the rim to win.”

two-four – twenty-four bottles of beer in a box. Usage: A two-four of Lakeport is the lowest priced beer in Ontario.

click – a kilometer, a unit of measure for distance. Usage: The cottage is one hundred clicks north on the highway.

Se’rday – Saturday. Usage: I’m hosting a party on Se’rday.

beaver – a furry thing that is fed hard wood and likes to be petted. Usage: Dorothy played with her beaver before stuffing it with wood.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2011 2:30 pm

    That last one’s hysterical, eh? Eh.

    Sure. Laugh at Canada. Laugh at our silly ways.

  2. Riot Kitty permalink
    August 6, 2011 1:44 am

    LOL @ the last one! And I must say, poutine sounds very naughty.

    Poutine is one of those things that you either love or detest with every fibre of your being.

  3. August 7, 2011 7:46 am

    Artists are the awesome and aren’t on welfare.

    Welfare, receiving funding from various levels of government, tomato tamato.

  4. August 7, 2011 10:33 am

    My grandfather’s name is Gord and he’s the 4th son in his family. I guess it’s because his parents were immigrants. They didn’t understand the proper Canadian rules of Gord.

    Or maybe he was the first in the family to be born in Canada.

  5. August 8, 2011 2:57 am

    I think Canada is one of the loveliest countries – in fact, I have pictures of Canada as my computer desktop right this minute! It’s a beauty way to go.

    I’ll keep these in mind. I figure I’ll get up there one day, maybe just to annoy the crap out of you in person – that’d be worth the price of gas and a passport! Eh!

    You gotta figure, Canada is the second largest mass of land in the world. Something up here hasta be lovely. It just hasta.

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