Thursday, February 25, 2010

Canada vs. American Speak

Thought this was kinda fun. Can you think of any that were missed?

12 comments:

Marcia said...

Icing sugar in Canada is Confectioners sugar in the US

Homo milk in Canada is whole milk in the US

Elisabeth said...

Here's another one.
More Ontario than Quebec, I think. Americans say Soda for a soft drink and Ontarians say Pop.

Paula from Amen Corners said...

Canadians say chocolate bar, Americans say candy bar.

Canadians say tuque, Americans say hat.

Canadians say loonie, Americans say dollar.

Evlyn said...

Americans ask you "what's your tag?" Canadians ask "what's your license plate number?"

Mel said...

It's not only Ontarians that say "pop" for soda, Elisabeth - some Wisconsinites say it too! :D I grew up saying "pop". Strangely, the city I live in now, only 70 miles south, says "soda".

One other difference? Canadians say "at university", and Americans say "at college".

Mel said...

Oh, we say "license plate" in the US, too, Evlyn! :D

Francine from IL said...

I have never heard anyone refer to a sliding door as a door wall. And I think that it is on the east coast where those carbonated drinks are "soda," whereas in the midwest, they are "pop." And sometimes I have heard that it is all "Coke," even if it's orange. I love that word serviette, though!

Ronna said...

We grew up saying "soft drink" and NEVER "soda." My dad who was from Winnipeg called it "pop."

texastrailerparktrash said...

I, too, have never heard of "door wall" for sliding door. Weird! Coke is kind of the generic term for soft drinks anywhere in the South, I'd say. Although, Dr. Pepper is really big here in Texas. Once on a flight to California, my son-in-law asked for that and the attendant kind of blinked and said, "Sir, this is a northern airlines." haha

Jack D'Mestiere said...

Ohio--Pop instead of soda. What do you guys say about being in the hospital?

You say Coffee Crisp and we say "why can't we have that down here"

Ronna said...

Jack, you're right. We drop "the" and say "in hospital." And too bad about the Coffee Crisps. I'll have to just mail you some more!

Anonymous said...

I know this isn't a Canada/US thing, but my husband is English and I'm constantly teasing him about his slang ... he calls pop (soda, soft drinks, etc.) "fizz", which is short for the English "fizzy drink".

But my all time favourite is "bog" for bathroom, and its very necessary accessory: bogroll.

- Penelope in Vancouver

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