Top 10 Canadian Slang
This next top 10 in our Canada’s 150th Series is completely homegrown. As in – 100% made in Canada.
This is our Top 10 Canadian Slang.
While Canada is a very culturally and ethnically diverse country – with only 2 official languages – there are a few words and phrases that are neither French nor English – they are quintessentially Canadian. Recognizable around the globe – if you drop any of these into a sentence – there’s a very good chance you’ll be pegged as Canadian. A verbal passport of sorts. And like most Canadians – you’ll proudly wear that badge as you adjust your knapsack on your shoulder so that everyone can see the Canadian flag stitched on it!
With a mix of influence from the British and the Americans plus the countless other cultures and languages that became the fabric of who and what a Canadian is – it’s a bit tough to trace the root of all of these. However, we know some of them are nicknames for beloved Canadian brands and products. (A shout out to Tim Hortons – they wanted to feed us coffee and doughnuts and here they are – pillars in our Canadian slanguage with two on our list!) For the record – slanguage is totally a word.
Canadians have regional slanguage too – but this list is celebrating the terms that are nationally accepted and utilized. They are simply part of who we are….they are Canadian!
As you look through the list I think you’ll find it hard to find one that you haven’t used.
Top 10 Canadian Slang
- Double Double
The fact is, we really don’t understand what all the fuss is about. Yah – I said it – “ABOUT”. Not A-BOOT. Not A-BOW-T. About. Plain and simply, a – b – o – u – t. We don’t say it funny – we say it right.
We could have digressed into a list of commonly mispronounced words – outside Canada – because really, we’re sure we speak perfectly clearly, distinctly and we annunciate all the right vowels. We’re S-U-R-E. (No we don’t say SHOO-UR.)
Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by grabbing your knapsack, stuff in some Smarties or Coffee Crisps, and why not a bag of ketchup or all dressed chips, and then pocket a few toonies or loonies for your double double’s at the millions of Tims drive-thru’s and explore the great outdoors.
Sounds pretty good, eh!?