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Do you use any of these Canadian words?

Inspired by Biggles' survey: http://surveycentral.org/survey/33317.html

Reference: http://www.wikihow.com/Understand-Canadian-Slang

VotesAnswer
23Highway
22Garbage
8Click
7Serviette
7Wee
6Hoover
6Runners
6Toque
6Eh? (other)
5Kerfuffle
5Mickey
4Chinook
2Texas Mickey
2Some other word
1Double-double
1Triple-triple
1Suckie
0None of the above


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dab
posted 5-Aug-2011 2:36pm  
There were several of those that I'd never have guessed were Canadian. They just seem like normal, everyday words.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 5-Aug-2011 2:55pm  
I use some of these words, but not with the Canadian meaning - for example, I might talk about someone "taking the mickey", but I wouldn't be talking about alcohol and I'd say "wee" but I'd be talking about urine (and surely having it mean little is Scottish rather than Canadian?). However, I'm going to assume that garbage has the same meaning there as here (though I'm more likely to say "rubbish") and I'd definitely say "kerfuffle" (as in, "The train broke down - what a kerfuffle!") and "serviette" (although I'd be more likely to say "napkin").
llamamama
posted 5-Aug-2011 3:38pm  
Garbage, highway, and wee (sometimes I like to say "Wee lass"). I of course say "click" but I didn't choose that..I assume it must mean something else.
I know what a lot of these mean though...that should count for something.
cerealkiller
posted 5-Aug-2011 3:59pm  
We use highway here since there are both highways and freeways. Freeway was a new term for me when I came to California. It was always highway everywhere else.

Never heard of the other terms. Garbage wasn't on the list on the website. I use garbage for what it is - garbage, and not trash.
jen Survey Central Gold Subscriber
(reply to cerealkiller) posted 5-Aug-2011 4:58pm  
it was actually a question on the PE exam - what is the difference between garbage, trash, refuse, and rubbish (moisture content)
Galomorro
posted 5-Aug-2011 6:44pm  
Garbage and Highway are Canadian? Runners? Do they mean something other than they do in American English then?
LJD
posted 6-Aug-2011 2:45am  
Six words
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 6-Aug-2011 8:27am  
Well, we definitely use the word highway in this part of the US. I think "freeway" is a west-coast US thing. The west coast will also add a "the" before an interstate highway (e.g. I took the 405 to work today." whereas I would say "I took 405 to work today."). To be honest, I'm not even sure if west coast people use the word freeway anymore. I haven't heard it in a long time.

Garbage is definitely used here, though trash is more common. But, also, my understand is that garbage has a more specific meaning... I think it's compostable waste (like banana peals) as opposed to other stuff. I think the term garbage had more meaning a few generations back (my grandmother used the word more specifically).

Hoover, sure. Toque (though mostly this is from watching Second City TV - a Canadian comedy show, Bob & Doug McKenzie, etc.), Click (I've heard this more from military people), Wee (probably more from British sources... and many friends here are anglophiles... local public TV often plays British TV shows).

"Eh" of course is well know as a Canadian expression and it gets used here too. Also, slight differences in pronunciation like abewt istead of abowt for about.
RainingFeathers
posted 6-Aug-2011 10:07am  
I am Canadian, and I only use 4 of these words (Garbage, highway, runners, and toque).
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 6-Aug-2011 11:26am  
Garbage, kerfuffle (only occasionally), highway, and mickey (in the sense of a drugged drink). I do use runners, but to refer to the people not the shoes, which I'm assuming is what you really mean. I also say click, but in the press-a-button sense, not in the kilometer sense.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to bill) posted 6-Aug-2011 11:34am  
> Well, we definitely use the word highway in this part of the US.
> I think "freeway" is a west-coast US thing. The west coast will also
> add a "the" before an interstate highway (e.g. I took the 405 to work
> today." whereas I would say "I took 405 to work today."). To be honest,
> I'm not even sure if west coast people use the word freeway anymore.
> I haven't heard it in a long time.

Yup, "freeway" is still ubiquitous. And we still put "the" before the freeway number. Saying "I took 405 to work today" sounds ridiculous to me! On the other hand, saying "I took the 93 to work today" sounds equally ridiculous. I guess it depends on where I lived when I learned the number of the interstate!
gambler
posted 6-Aug-2011 2:33pm  
Highway, hoover and serviette......but TBH these do not sound strictly Canadian?
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 6-Aug-2011 3:15pm  
While I would not claim to be an expert in the English language, my impression is that using the article "the" indicates a specific instance. And, thus, it's not correct to say "the 405" because I-405 is already specific, a named road.. It's like saying I had dinner with the Bill Marrs. hmm... that actually sounds OK, but is more of an emphasized use. I guess there are actually more than one Bill Marrs' in the world, so in this case it implies that I mean the most well-known one. Maybe Californians are implying that their freeways are famous? I suppose there probably are other 405s... well, I'm not actually sure about that. Maybe outside the USA.
southernyankee
posted 7-Aug-2011 12:42am  
Highway, click, and garbage, but I take it theres a different meaning I don't know about.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to bill) posted 7-Aug-2011 11:36am  
It's normal to use the definite article before proper nouns though--the White House, the United States of America, etc. There's only one of each of those, too. We don't use them with personal names, although both Bill Marrs and the White House are equally defined and unique. You might contrast two Bill Marrses with "the," saying something like "the Bill Marrs who created Survey Central, not the Bill Marrs who is a nobody from Idaho," but that's about it, I think. And that's an instance where "the" relates more to the description than to the personal names. You wouldn't use it just with the name alone.

The use of the definite and indefinite articles in English is apparently one of those things that's very difficult to learn for people who aren't native speakers--more so than it is in some other languages. I don't know why it is that Californians add "the" before the name of a freeway; possibly it's on analogy to other highways, which often have names rather than numbers. We would say "I took the Harbor Freeway downtown," just like you would say "I took the Mass Pike." So perhaps that led to also saying "the 405," like it was a proper noun rather than just a number. And since it's a local custom made on analogy, it's different on the West coast than on the East.
Gomezy3k
posted 7-Aug-2011 5:50pm  
Other than Garbage and Highway no...
they Survey Central Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 7-Aug-2011 9:39pm  
Garbage and Highway are Canadian??
Strider Survey Central Gold Subscriber
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 7-Aug-2011 9:39pm  
We also do that here in Ontario with the major Highways/ roads. For example in Toronto you might have someone say "take the 401 to the 404 and then take that to the Gardner Expressway." Both the 401 and the 404 are major highways with about 4 to 8 lanes of traffic each way in parts of them, the Gardner Expressway is a major road way that runs through the lower part of the city.
dab
posted 7-Aug-2011 9:44pm  
I've always seen the slang for kilometer written as klick rather than click.
Irene007
posted 8-Aug-2011 3:35am  
Garbage - what else would you call it? "Darling, would you take out the "refuse" please?" If you replace that with "trash" - you may offend your company! smiley:::winking raspberry
Highway - why do Americans call them freeways when there are tolls on many of them?
Serviette - just a borrowed French word that makes a napkin sound so much more Bourgeois (the English people make that word sound like "boojaw")
Chinook - a native word (I use only when I'm talking about the winds that are as familiar to some Canadians as the Santa Anna ones are to some Americans)

I use others in different contexts rather than what is meant here like "Hoover";
If you mean a vacuum; uh, no. It's a vacuum and Hoover was a snooping, paranoid prick with too much power.

Double-double I think is what you say when you order coffee at Tim Horton's and want 2 creams and 2 sugars? If so, I've said it maybe a couple of times in French; "Doob-doob" because it's pretty much the same word but I don't really drink coffee so I only said it after I heard my coffee drinking brother say it!

Runners? If you mean sneakers... Uh no. Runners to me are pieces of fabric you put on a table, or carpeting in a hallway but not any form of shoe.

Toque? If you mean "tuque", yes I say that but I pronounce it always in French, regardless of the language I'm speaking because, to me, it's a French word anyway. Written like that; I want to pronounce it - "Toc" but the hat is pronounced "Took" (as in French).

All the others mean nothing to me - except the triple-triple. I suspect it's the same as Tim Horton's double-double but with 3 creams and 3 sugars instead?
Irene007
posted 8-Aug-2011 3:39am  
Oh Click! I got the meaning while reading Bill's comment. That should be Klick, no? Like in Kilometers? That one I use... But a click is something I do with my Bic and I don't generally talk about it! smiley:::winking raspberry
Irene007
(reply to Strider) posted 8-Aug-2011 3:53am  
> We also do that here in Ontario with the major Highways/ roads. For
> example in Toronto you might have someone say "take the 401 to the
> 404 and then take that to the Gardner Expressway." Both the 401 and
> the 404 are major highways with about 4 to 8 lanes of traffic each
> way in parts of them, the Gardner Expressway is a major road way that
> runs through the lower part of the city.

4 to 8 lanes for traffic either way? I so envy you... It's Hell here in MTL this summer - there's construction everywhere. I had a guy up from Los Angeles who complained that the traffic was worse here than there. We let things go so bad, so decrepit that our infrastructures are falling apart everywhere. They waited so long to update that the minute some new highway is built; it's already out of date then they wait many decades to do anything and this year; it's seems like they decided to fix the entire city at the same time! Bridges on both shores, highways through, around, above and under the city are all full of construction sites. Even as all this is going on, there are some nasty things like major potholes developing under wheels of trucks that keep them stranded, water lines breaking and causing road blocks. Speaking of blocks, a major piece fell off of the ceiling of a tunnel that goes under the city last week. Luckily, no one was hurt but it's scary driving around town lately with all the construction. The workers had removed too much cement from that structure while repairing it that came down - thankfully it wasn't during a rush hour but it freaked a lot of people!
An overpass in Laval (next to my daughter's that we use all the time) fell a few years back killing a family and since then; all overpasses in Quebec have been under construction - now it's worse because our bridges are in such disrepair. Winter is tough man... Californians don't get how easy it is for them where road construction is concerned. To add insult to injury, we get f**ked by the construction companies who bid on the jobs and are in collusion with the powers that be... smiley:::frown More taxes anyone?
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Strider) posted 8-Aug-2011 10:25am  
Interesting that's it's more widespread than just California. What I was describing especially relates to LA, where I grew up. In San Francisco, where I live now, I think we do more of a mix. We say "the 101" (at least some of the time) but "I-80" or just "80," not "the 80." Odd.
Iseult
posted 8-Aug-2011 12:36pm  
Garbage, highway (as opposed to motorway or freeway), double-double/triple-triple (not that I order them), and mickey.
JessicaWoman99
posted 9-Aug-2011 4:31pm  
Highway and garbage
Strider Survey Central Gold Subscriber
(reply to Irene007) posted 10-Aug-2011 8:36pm  
Yup 4 to 8 lanes each way the 400 series highways can be pretty crazy, even with that many lanes traffic gets bad sometimes too. We also have construction going on all the time too, we often joke that in Toronto we have two seasons Winter and Construction, becuse it seams that as soon s the snow melts it's time for the road construction to begin.
Irene007
(reply to Strider) posted 10-Aug-2011 11:03pm  
I was just thinking of that, if it's not the snow, it's the construction - always some obstruction!
Zang
posted 27-Aug-2011 11:35am  
Most of them. Some of them are more Eastern Canadian.
Liss
posted 13-Sep-2011 5:38pm  
Serviette. Is a click a clique? And wee.
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