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So moving to canada in 3 weeks, was wondering what different words they use to us??
Like shopping centre is a mall, cot is a crib and also if any words that are used in u.k are used in a different context in canada?

Sorry if this is a silly question?!?
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Old Mar 2nd 2013, 1:19 pm
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And the spelling of a Tire is a Tire here. And if you get tired then that's also tire.

Woollen hat= Tuque

Nappy=Diaper

Car Exhaust=Muffler

Car bonnet=Hood

Car Boot=trunk

Petrol=gas (Gas is just Gas tho)

Spanner=wrench

Adjustable spanner=monkey wrench

Bum is Fanny. This is always funny. In the UK we have Bum bags, here it's a Fanny pack. :@)

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dont ask payroll if you'll get paid next fortnight, they'll have no idea what youre talking about.

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trousers - pants
jumper - sweater
trainers - sneakers or runners
bodywarmer - vest
knickers - panties (hate that and never say it, say underwear)
sweets - candy
biscuits - cookies
Caster sugar - extra fine sugar (found this out recently)
p.e - gym
see saw - teeter totter
strimmer - weed whacker
hoover - vaccuum
lounge - living room
verucca - wart
garden - yard
flower bed - garden
bag - purse
purse - wallet
car park - parking lot
motorway - highway
fortnight - bi weekly
jelly - jello
jam - jelly
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crisps - chips
chips - fries
courgette - zucchini
swede - rutabaga
path - sidewalk
biro - ball point pen
lolly pop - sucker
tap - faucet
lorry - truck
central reservation - meridian
lead - leash
fringe (hair) - bangs
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pronounce tuna like toona, tuesday like toosday
wardrobe - closet
settee - sofa or couch
felt tip pens - markers
folders - binders and duotangs!
holiday - vacation
bin - garbage can
rubbish - garbage
baby dummy - pacifier
sea - ocean
give way - yield

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coriander in leaf form tends to be called by the spanish name cilantro
toilet/lavatory - washroom/bathroom/restroom (a good example of the euphemism treadmill)
cucumbers - "english cucumbers" here
braces - suspenders (!)
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butter = budda
water = warder

CANADIANS WON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU MEAN OTHERWISE!!
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Shopping trolly - Shopping cart
Bottom - Fanny or Butt
Front bottom - Pussy
Pussy - Kitty Cat
Diagonal - Kitty corner
Fag - Cigarette
Ice hockey - hockey
Skive - hooky
Football - an atrocity to the game.
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central reservation - meridian
meridian or median?
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Originally Posted by Kerry-lancs View Post
So moving to canada in 3 weeks, was wondering what different words they use to us??
Like shopping centre is a mall, cot is a crib and also if any words that are used in u.k are used in a different context in canada?

Sorry if this is a silly question?!?
If you have school age kids, make sure they change the word rubber to eraser!!
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From personal experience

rubber - eraser
condom - rubber
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Toronto - Toronno
Road - Pavement
Rubber - Eraser
central reservation - median
ladybird - ladybug
Ice Hockey - Hockey
Hockey - Ball or Field Hockey
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meridian or median?
Median

We were never poncey enough to have a lounge, we had a living room, which is sometimes called the family room here.

Braces are what you have on your teeth, suspenders hold your pants up, garter belts hold your stockings up. Or is that hose? Tights are panty hose, gross words. Bras are called by their full (teehee) name, brassiere which is pronounced brazear.

Remember to roll your 'r's when asking for the porn shop or you will be directed to the pawn shop.
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Forget all your school French when ordering a croissant. This officially bilingual French-speaking country does NOT call it a "CWAH-songg", they call it a "kru-SONTT".
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