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#309489 - 06/05/10 02:34 PM Canadian English
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Hey, since a lot of us Uh-mericans will be flocking up to Dwight in September for the 30th anniversary bash, I thought it would be cool to prepare us for the unique Canadian terms we will be hearing as we fly/drive/canoe in.

This thread is inspired by fredk's shout box idea: " 'What's a double double?' should be a Canadian citizenship question..."

I poked around the internet to find the answer:

Double-double: a cup of coffee with two creams and two sugars, most commonly associated with the Tim Hortons chain of coffee shops. By the same token, triple-triple.

Here's a couple of others:

Mickey: a 375 mL (12.7 US fl oz; 13.2 imp fl oz) bottle of hard liquor (informally called a pint in the Maritimes and the US).

Texas mickey (esp. in Saskatchewan; more often a "Saskatchewan mickey", esp. in western Canada): a 3 L (101 US fl oz; 106 imp fl oz) bottle of hard liquor. (Despite the name, Texas mickeys are generally unavailable outside of Canada.)

I, for one, am looking forward to my first Timmie. Mark, I hear you snickering. Cut it out.
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#309499 - 06/05/10 03:25 PM Re: Canadian English [Re: medic8r]
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Then we'll take you out for beers and test your knowledge.
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#309503 - 06/05/10 03:48 PM Re: Canadian English [Re: fredk]
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A few off the bat:

Loonie = $1.00
Toonie = $2.00
Entree is the appetizer, not the main meal
Poverty Pack = 6 pack of beer
Molson Muscle is the muscle located around the waist after many years of 'training'
T.O., pronounced Tee Oh, Toronto Ontario
Training Beer, anything under 4.5% alcohol

Geez, all these Canadianisms....I feel a song comin' on...EH!
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#309506 - 06/05/10 03:57 PM Re: Canadian English [Re: Adrian]
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I drink quadruple-quadruples.
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#309509 - 06/05/10 04:00 PM Re: Canadian English [Re: Ken.C]
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Is there room for coffee?
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#309517 - 06/05/10 05:08 PM Re: Canadian English [Re: Adrian]
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 Originally Posted By: Adrian

Geez, all these Canadianisms....I feel a song comin' on...EH!


In other countries, it qualifies as "language."

"Oh those French! They have a different word for everything!"
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#309535 - 06/05/10 10:28 PM Re: Canadian English [Re: BobKay]
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I guess this still gives a pretty good overview, although it doesn't explain poutine or why we elected Trudeau :

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#309581 - 06/06/10 12:16 PM Re: Canadian English [Re: bridgman]
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"Poutine" That is French-Canadian (Québécois) . . . it could complicate things ! Might be a few Americans attending with French ancestors. Often I will receive call from our US friends with a French name.
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#309596 - 06/06/10 02:48 PM Re: Canadian English [Re: Adrian]
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 Originally Posted By: Adrian
A few off the bat:
Poverty Pack = 6 pack of beer
T.O., pronounced Tee Oh, Toronto Ontario

Since there are regional differences across the country, i'll add to this:
A "two-four" is of course a container with 24 beer which in northern Ontario is called a "case of beer". However in Manitoba a 'case' of beer typically means a container of 12.

TO = Toronto but much like New York being "the big apple" TO is also referred to as "the big smoke".

And as for mosquitoes and birds, nothing i have seen in my travels across this country compares to the size of a mosquito species here in Manitoba. It literally grows as large as the size of a large man's thumb nail.
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#309599 - 06/06/10 03:03 PM Re: Canadian English [Re: chesseroo]
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TO is also referred to as "the big smoke".

Also known as 'those damned easterners'. Oh, wait, thats anybody east of Winipeg.

Heck, Skeeters and blackflies ain't nothin. You wanna git yerself bit by a deerfly. 25 years later I still have a scar on my arm...
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