If you don’t regularly say 9 of these 13 words, you may need to surrender your Canadian citizenship

If you grew up in Canada, there’s probably a ton of stuff you say that can only be heard in the Great White North.

From British Columbia to Nunavut to Newfoundland and Labrador, Canadians have tons of weird and unique ways of speaking that can make people say “what?” to an untrained ear.

If you’ve lived in Canada, chances are you’ve picked up a few yourself. And, if not, well, can you say that you actually lived the Canadian experience?

Whether you like the warmth of a bunny or end every sentence with “eh”, you probably say a lot of these canuck words. But if you don’t, you may need to double-check your Canadianness.

Hey

The king of Canadian vocal ticks.

It can mean a question, “Where are you going huh?” or just a punctuation, “Just down to the store, huh.”

But it is definitely number one in Canadian discourse. And can be found coast to coast.

Give

When you’re about to go or really go, you better give!

The perfect word to use when you’re on the ice, going out for a tear or just trying to give it your all.

It’s the Canadian version of “Allez-y!”

“A boot”

It’s the one that’s hard to hear unless your ear is tuned, at least for some.

Something in linguistics called Canadian Raising affects how Canucks pronounce certain vowels in words like “home,” “doubt,” and, of course, “about.”

This Canadian pickup to Americans sounds like “aboot!”

sorry

​Yes, Canadians have the stereotype of being particularly polite, but even the way we say “sorry” is unique.

If you say “SORE-y” rather than “SAW-ry”, then you’re probably someone with a bit of Canada in your life.

Towel

Although it’s old school, it’s a quintessentially Canadian word. A towel is what some Canadians, and almost all Americans, call a towel.

It wouldn’t be Canada without a bit of French flair, huh?

Mans

It has a Toronto origin, but has slowly become more mainstream Canadaism. Un mans is a plural of man, but also a little non. It could be one guy or several.

It’s honestly based on the vibe when men say “men”.

Two four

No, it’s not someone trying to count by two. This is what Canadians call a 24 beer pack.

Is that easier than saying “twenty-four?” Not at all!

Hoser

A real Canadian redneck or hillbilly.

A pipe fitter is usually someone who drinks a lot of beer, drives a big truck, and is dressed in plaid and denim.

Often you will find a hose outside major cities, but they can be found almost anywhere in Canada.

Stinger

“Hey man, can I drop a dart on you? is another way of saying “Can I have a cigarette, please?”

In many parts of Canada, you often hear about darts with no target in sight. And that’s because a dart is another word for a cigarette!

Hang a Larry/Roger

You’ll know a Canadian is giving you directions when you hear the following: “Okay, first snag a Larry, then a Roger.”

While it might be scary if either is your name, it’s really just a left and right substitute, respectively.

singing

No birds here.

To tweet someone is to insult and ridicule them. It’s often that you will hear on the ice that someone is being “chirped”, but the chirp can happen anywhere.

You really hope that’s not the case.

Mickey

A liquor mickey is another way to describe a 375ml bottle of liquor.

So if a Canadian tells you they just slaughtered a whole mickey mouse, don’t assume they ate a beloved Disney animated character. Unless of course they seem sober.

bunnyhug

Although it sounds cute and adorable, it’s actually the Prairie/Saskatchewan word for a hoodie.

It’s really not as fun as it sounds! Most would rather hug a bunny than just slap a hoodie, or so you might think.

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