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no good name Sep 5th 2020 3:01 pm

Canadians 'eh'......
 
Example.

I was once asked,
"Do they have pizza in Scotland?".... :eek:

"Do they have lakes in Scotland?" :nod:


Jerseygirl Sep 5th 2020 4:18 pm

re: Canadians 'eh'......
 
An American once referred to Canada as being overseas.

ann m Sep 5th 2020 5:06 pm

re: Canadians 'eh'......
 
Oh good grief, we know you’re not happy here, but that’s a silly and provocative thread title. I’m sure we can all find examples of ignorance around the world. Many Brits are dumb as they come too you know.😉

scot47 Sep 5th 2020 5:21 pm

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A joke I heard was that a Trade Union in the USA with one branch in Canada called itself "International". Was it The Teamsters, or UAW ?

Jsmth321 Sep 5th 2020 5:27 pm

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Originally Posted by Jerseygirl (Post 12906131)
An American once referred to Canada as being overseas.



If someone is living in Hawaii, or America Samoa or Guam then I suppose Canada is overseas for those folks :rofl:


I don't find Canadian's any less ignorant than anyone else I have met, sure Canadian's know more about the US than American's do about Canada, but it just stems from Canada's obsession with the US more than anything else, most American's don't live near Canada, and Canada isn't something they concern themselves about.

Canadian's are just like anyone else really, people tend not to know a super ton about the world in general.

Upside to working in hotels and airlines you meet people from all over, and get to answer some silly questions.

spouse of scouse Sep 5th 2020 5:32 pm

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Originally Posted by ann m (Post 12906141)
Oh good grief, we know you’re not happy here, but that’s a silly and provocative thread title. I’m sure we can all find examples of ignorance around the world. Many Brits are dumb as they come too you know.😉

It's not the nicest thread title is it Ann? Especially since the OP only gave two choices to describe Canadians, ignorant or stupid. Maybe he should pop into a bar and ask the Canadian locals which one they are (hope someone takes a video) :lol:

Jerseygirl Sep 5th 2020 6:09 pm

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Originally Posted by ann m (Post 12906141)
Oh good grief, we know you’re not happy here, but that’s a silly and provocative thread title. I’m sure we can all find examples of ignorance around the world. Many Brits are dumb as they come too you know.😉

it is not provocative now :sneaky:


Originally Posted by Jsmth321 (Post 12906147)
If someone is living in Hawaii, or America Samoa or Guam then I suppose Canada is overseas for those folks :rofl:


I don't find Canadian's any less ignorant than anyone else I have met, sure Canadian's know more about the US than American's do about Canada, but it just stems from Canada's obsession with the US more than anything else, most American's don't live near Canada, and Canada isn't something they concern themselves about.

Canadian's are just like anyone else really, people tend not to know a super ton about the world in general.

Upside to working in hotels and airlines you meet people from all over, and get to answer some silly questions.

they were living in NJ

Rete Sep 6th 2020 5:28 pm

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Originally Posted by scot47 (Post 12906145)
A joke I heard was that a Trade Union in the USA with one branch in Canada called itself "International". Was it The Teamsters, or UAW ?

Since Canada is a country then it is International.

Also with watching so much British television on Brit Box and Acorn, I find that more Brits than Canadian use the "eh" at the end of the sentence. And yes, I'm married to a Canadian.

caretaker Sep 6th 2020 11:50 pm

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We say eh, but we don't say oot. That's a Scotch thing

dbd33 Sep 7th 2020 12:22 am

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Originally Posted by caretaker (Post 12906717)
We say eh, but we don't say oot. That's a Scotch thing


Characters in films and on TV flag their being Canadian by saying "aboot". I've never heard it real life but the idea must have some sort of root. Perhaps William Shatner had a speech impediment causing him to say it and now it's seen as a national characteristic.

Jsmth321 Sep 7th 2020 12:36 am

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When some Ontario folks say about I hear aboot, but it seems mostly to be the national news folks, Lloyd Robertson on CTV often it sounded like aboot to me.

In BC those born and raised in Southern BC, sound the same as Washington folks.

Outside of TV shows or movies, don't think I have heard anyone say eh in real life.

caretaker Sep 7th 2020 12:50 am

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The local theatre company used to hire young women from Ontario as artistic directors and most of them had a drawl I called the "artsy-fartsy Toronto theatre accent" I assume it still exists.

abner Sep 7th 2020 6:56 am

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Originally Posted by Jsmth321 (Post 12906730)
When some Ontario folks say about I hear aboot, but it seems mostly to be the national news folks, Lloyd Robertson on CTV often it sounded like aboot to me.

In BC those born and raised in Southern BC, sound the same as Washington folks.

Outside of TV shows or movies, don't think I have heard anyone say eh in real life.

Fer sure, eh?

Canadians tone it down a lot these days in big cities, and for professional / international audiences, and recent Canadians may never have had the exposure to the "hoser" accent at all.

But there's a reason why Bob and Doug McKenzie, of "Second City" fame, became iconic and beloved Canadian comedy characters. And a lot of it had to do with their backwoods accent and vernacular, reminding many of country cousins, past and present.

caretaker Sep 7th 2020 2:52 pm

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Originally Posted by abner (Post 12906790)
But there's a reason why Bob and Doug McKenzie, of "Second City" fame, became iconic and beloved Canadian comedy characters.

How to grow a mouse in a beer bottle to get a free case: Wisdom for the ages. :lol:

Jerseygirl Sep 7th 2020 2:53 pm

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Originally Posted by caretaker (Post 12906903)
How to grow a mouse in a beer bottle to get a free case: Wisdom for the ages. :lol:

:scaredhair:


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