Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Canada Day, Eh?

As many know we have a love of Canada...

And it's Canada Day!

We're doing this extra little post today to say: Hey, rock!! Happy Canada Day, eh? 

Have a listen to their anthem...chances are if you are in Canada today you'll be hearing this at least once....

The Meaning of Eh!
It is quite obvious that some people are having a tough time understanding Canadians, so the following will run through a very brief translation of the Canadian 'dialect' and hopefully ease some minds out there.

EH = pronounced AY (similar, but not the same as huh)
Eh is a useful word that is very important and is the basis of all Canadian communications. It is used in conjunction with other words, or simply by itself. The tone or the slight differences in exclamation also changes the meaning

Eh? = what did you say?
Eh? = what do you think?
EH? = something to say just to end a sentence.
Ehhhh!! = WOW!!EH!? = what do you mean?
Eh?? = your joking!!!??
EH!! = Hello..(you off in the distance!!!)
Eh? want a doughnut or some Tim Bits?
Eh! = sure!!
Eh!Eh! = coffee double-cream too please!
Eh? = what you say when you realize you have no money to pay for it.
Eh..cmon, eh? = asking them to let you pay for it next time.! = want to go to the drive-in movie??
Eh...uhuh = yes sure!
Eh..y'know = I'll pick you up at 8:00 (8:30 in Newfoundland).
Eh..cmon!! = well that's early..but ok.
Eh..wanna? eh? = lets fool around ...
EHHHHHHH = sounds coming from the eh... = I'm pregnant!
EH????????? = how did that happen?
EHHehhEHHehhEHHH = sounds from the delivery room.
EHHH-ehh, EHHH-ehh = baby's first cry.
Ehh..whadya think eh? = marry me.

Other interesting Canadian terms:-
hoser = a loser (or it can also mean a good friend).
take off! = you are kidding, no way, fly an airplane.
skates = what all canadians wear as first shoes (that's why we walk funny).
lumberjack = something in our genes..
Newfoundland screech = a nice (?) little distilled drink ....!
swish = a drink made from leftover screech barrels.
sixty-pounder = large bottle of screech.
The Rock = Newfoundland.
Newfoundland = pronounced NOOFUNLAN.
Dory = Newfoundland cruise liner.
Toronto = pronounced Trawna.
Lotus Land = British Columbia (when it is not raining).Lake Ontario = where all sewers drain into.
Two-Four = case of 24 bottles/cans of beer.
Yukon Dew Me = A drink.
Over by = no one has deciphered that term yet.

........... So if you hear a Canadian talking like this:- eh hoser! y'know take off!! EH?? umm err well, hey, ok, eh! It's very friendly! ...... and we really DON'T talk like that!

That's all in good fun, and some of 'em do talk like that...

Anyway. We love you and it's people are beautiful.

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