Word Power: Test Your Knowledge of These Canadian Slang Terms
It's a snap to tell a toque from a chesterfield, but not all Canadianisms stretch from coast to coast to coast. Master these regional terms and you'll be sure to blend in while you're oot and aboot.
Answer: C—Hooded sweatshirt (Saskatchewan)
As in, “A bunny hug is cozy on a cold night.”
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Answer: C—Pathetic (Ontario, from Arabic)
As in, “Look at this miskeen guy,” said Jer jokingly. “He’s never been to Canada’s Wonderland.”
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Answer: A—Corner store (Quebec, from French)
As in, “Ming asked his roommate to pick up some milk at the dep.”
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A: Jam-filled doughnut
B: Kitchen party
C: Tugboat sent to break up logjams
Answer: A—Jam-filled doughnut (Manitoba and northwestern Ontario)
As in, “Having grown up in Winnipeg, the cashier knew what his customer meant when she ordered a jambuster.”
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Answer: A—Notebook (mainly the Maritimes)
As in, “Get our your scribblers and write your names on the covers,” instructed the teacher.
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Answer: A—Brawl (hockey commentary)
As in, “The Donnybrook Fair in Dublin, Ireland, was so rowdy that any tussle became known as a donnybrook.”
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Answer: B—Strong or brave (west)
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A: Hedges planted to shelter crops
B: Depressed mood
C: Snow left blocking a driveway after a snowplow passes
Answer: C—Snow left blocking a driveway after a snowplow passes (mainly the Prairies)
As in, “Shovelling windrows was not Klara’s idea of a good start to the day.”
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Answer: A—Delicious (North, Inuktitut)
As in, “Nina added the #mamaqtuq hashtag to her post celebrating traditional foods.”
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Answer: B—Bank machine (Quebec, from French)
As in, “Hari stopped at a guichet to take out some cash.”
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Answer: A—Garbage dump (West)
As in, “Property values plummeted when the municipality established nuisance grounds nearby.”
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Answer: B—Am I right? (Ontario, from Jamaican patois)
As in, “There’s no way our bus will arrive on time, ahlie?” said Luther, glancing at his phone.
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Answer: A—Excellent (Atlantic)
As in, “That was a right good meal!” declared Josée.
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