Tomorrow is Canada Day, and so in honour of this great country I live in I am going to write about Canada… I mean there are so many things I could write about, our health care, the beauty of the land, the animals, the many diverse cultures… but… well I’m not really going to actually ‘write’ anything… instead I have put together a few lists about some Canadian stuff….
Some Canadian words:
apparently a bunch of these words are unique to Canada but I have heard and/or used them all my life so I am
doubting the uniqueness here…
Ginch – underwear (sometimes also called gonch) OK in my house we generally call them undies, but as a kid to say Ginch super loud in public was hysterical!
Klick – a kilometre, as in “how many klicks till we get there?”
Beaut or Beauty – well done, excellent, very nice, or something is in good condition etc…
Brutal – that sucks man
Deke – to fake (out) or fool – originally a hockey term
Nutter – a crazy person – original referring to some-one with right wing political or religious views
chocolate bars – candy bars
Snowbirds – people who migrate south of the border during the winter, thus only living in Canada during the warm part of the year and in the US during the Canadian cold months.
Take off – get lost – this term was coined on the TV program SCTV during the early 80’s. SCTV hosted the popular sketch “The Great White North” hosted by ‘brothers’ Bob & Doug McKenzie (actors Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas) – they are also responsible for the all to cliche, Canadian ‘eh’.
Bluenose(r) – someone from from Nova Scotia
Newfie – someone from Newfoundland
Kokanee – a land locked fresh water salmon from BC, also a Brand of beer
Fuck the dog (screw the pooch) – to do nothing, be lazy (also ‘lazy dog fucker’) mostly used in labour related jobs, but not limited to… “what did you do today?” “I fucked the dog” or “whose that guy?” “he’s a lazy dog fucker, seems like he’s always on a break”
Loonie & Toonie (or Twonie) – a dollar and two dollar coin respectively
Baking terms: (who knew we had different terms for baking??)
Berry sugar – castor/caster sugar (this is primarily in BC)
Icing sugar – Canada & UK – confectioners or powdered sugar in the US
Bisquit or Biscuit – in Canada & the States this is a ‘bun’ similar to a tea cake or scone (in many parts of the world a bisquit is a cookie)
Cookie – in canada and the US a cookie is what much of the world calls a biscuit a sweet small hand held dessert of unfathomable variety: ie chocolate chip cookies, molasses cookies, raisin cookies, coconut cookies, filled cookies, chewy cookies, hard cookies…
Oh and our spelling – traditionally we use ‘ou’ not just ‘o’ in many words such as: honour, favourite, neighbour, colour, etc… although many people now use the American spelling (I tend to jump back and forth I’m afraid).
40 pounder (750 ml bottle), 2-4 (24 bottles or cans of beer) or a flat (24 cans of beer), mickey (small bottle of booze)
Rye – Canadian whiskey
Caesar (or Bloody Caesar) – a spicy tomato, clam nectar and vodka drink usually served with a celery stick or a pickled bean or asparagus spear in a celery salt rimmed high ball glass or tumbler over ice. (apparently similar to a Bloody Mary)
Baked goods: Mmmmmmmmm
Nanaimo Bars – a delicious dessert bar made of a chocolate graham cracker crust sometimes containing coconut and/or nuts, a custard icing filling and topped with chocolate (originating in Nanaimo BC)
Butter tarts – a sweet dessert tart very similar to pecan pie only made with raisins instead of nuts (sometimes the raisins are omitted).
Date Squares – a dessert made with an oatmeal and brown sugar base and topping (similar to the topping in fruit crisps) and a date filling – these aren’t too sweet and are wonderful served with vanilla ice cream… and one can pretend that these are super healthy
Potato chip flavors – Ketchup, dill pickle, All-Dressed…
Hawkins Cheezies (my favourite, these are similar to the hard Cheetos, but way better)
Crispy Crunch bars (this is a chocolate bar)
Smarties (these are like M&M’s)
McIntosh toffee bars (these suckers can pull your teeth/fillings out if you aren’t careful)
Red Rose tea (Only in Canada…. Pity!) – at least that was the slogan I actually prefer Typhoo tea from England
when we are looking at the orange pekoe variety
Some Famous Canadians: http://www.canadians.ca/
Musicians and bands:
Bare Naked Ladies
Rush – (drummer Neil Peart)
Justin Beiber (I know, I know…)
Michael J Fox
Emily Carr (from BC)
The Group of Seven
Alexander Graham Bell
Canadian Inventions: http://www.wondercafe.ca/discussion/social/50-great-canadian-inventions
Insulin (the use of it for controlling diabetes)
National Geographic Society
This is no way a complete list… but it was interesting looking it all up and finding out some of these facts… so Happy Canada Day, Eh!