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February 13th, 2008, 02:41 PM
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I just read this list on another website and I remember hearing a lot of these while living in PG. Really made me home sick I can't wait to go back this summer.

Canada: Indian word meaning "Village”
Loonie: A dollar. The Canadian $1 coin has a loon (the bird) on one side.
Toonie: Two dollars. The Canadian $2 coin is gold-coloured in the middle, with a silver-coloured ring around the outside. It takes its name from the $1 coin, the loonie, and adds its value, two, to form "twonie" or, more easily read, "toonie". A polar bear is on one side of this coin.
Serviette: French for "napkin". This term is used by anglophones as well as francophones.
Washroom: bathroom
To give you a shout: To call a person on the phone
Packsack: Backpack
Bum: Buttocks
Housecoat: robe, bathrobe
Chesterfield: A couch or sofa.
Poutine: Québecois specialty. French fries covered in cheese curds and gravy.
Shreddies: A brand of breakfast cereal, vaguely resembling Chex in the United States.
Smarties: Not the ones like in the United States. In Canada, Smarties are a candy resembling M&Ms. They do melt in your hand, and they're a lot sweeter.
Kraft Dinner, or KD: macaroni and cheese.
Back bacon: Canadian bacon.
Brown bread: Whole wheat bread.
Homo milk: Homogenized milk. Known in the United States as whole milk.
Whitener: powdery stuff to put into coffee or tea. Called "non-dairy creamer" in the United States.
Whipping Cream: heavy cream to the folks in the United States.
Coriander: cilantro to the folks in the United States.
Cooking onions: yellow onions to the folks in the United States.
Butter tart: a delicious pie-like pastry cup with a butter, brown sugar, raisins, and nuts filling.
Nanaimo bars: a rich brownie like base with a custard cream layer topped with chocolate. Named for the city in British Columbia.
Icing sugar: powdered sugar
Toque: A kind of wintertime hat.
"The States": The United States of America. Canadians hate referring to the United States as "America", because Canadians are just as much (North) Americans as citizens of the United States are.
Canuck: nickname for a Canadian
Clicks: slang for kilometres or kilometres per hour
Hoser: unsophisticated person
Keener: boot-licker, brown-noser, suck-up
Two-four: case of beer containing 24 bottles
Write (a test): take a test
Marks (In School): Grades
Grade 1: 1st Grade
Elastic: rubber band
Girl guides: Girl scouts
Hydro: electricity
Tap: faucet or spigot
Track pants/suit: Sweats
Runners: tennis shoes
Postal code: zip code
Timbits: Doughnut holes
Mountie: Officer
Ghost car: An unmarked police car
Garburator: Garbage disposal
Parkade: parking garage.
Snowbird: a Canadian, probably retired, who spends the winter in the States (usually Florida).
Dickie Dee Boy: Ice Cream Man
Eaves trough: Rain gutter on the eaves (edge of the roof) of a house
5-pin bowling: A smaller ball, and only 5 pins
Chocolate bar: Candy bar
Ogopogo: a Loch Ness Nellie type of creature said to live in Lake Okanagan BC

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February 13th, 2008, 06:30 PM
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Wow, I recognize and/or use almost all of those. I had no idea they were weird or considered Canadian, other than the toque and the Timbits of course.
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February 13th, 2008, 08:28 PM
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thats awesome!

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