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PostPosted: 10 Sep 2019, 18:34 
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I was always quite impressed with the different kinds of slang used in the books, and I often borrowed the language and used it when I was in grade school. Canadian slang is so different than what EBD had in her books and I used it to impress the gang I was in!

Here's some Canadian slang:

Eh -Pronounced “ay”. This word is the classic term used in everyday Canadian. Used to indicate that you don’t understand something, can’t believe something is true or if you want the person to respond. Similar to “huh”, “right?” and “what?

Pop - A delicious carbonated beverage.

Snowbirds - A word used to refer to Canadians who head south during winter to escape the cold.

Runners - A word for running shoes. Can also be used to refer to street shoes.

Kerfuffle - A commotion or fuss, usually caused by a disagreement or difference in opinion.

Keener - is word is used to refer to someone who tries too hard to please others.

Klick - This term is used to refer to kilometres.

Loonie - The one dollar coin so called because the first few thousand issued had loons (the bird) engraved on the front of the coin.

Twoonie - The two dollar coin. Eh? - after the Loonie was issued what else could we call it. Nobody put up a kerfuffle.


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PostPosted: 10 Sep 2019, 19:05 
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We say pop (although I don't think people in Southern England do?) and kerfuffle as well :D . Loonie and twoonie completely confused me the first time I went to Canada! I don't think I've come across klick before, though :D .

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I think klicks has made it into army slang. Southerners do say pop but more often fizzy drinks.

Sadly EBD apparently never came across calling woodlice cheeselogs which is a thing round here


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Klicks, confusingly enough, can be used for both distance (kilometers) and speed (kilometers per hours). Pop seems to be very North American regional - some places say pop, some say soda, and some say "coke" for all soft drinks.

"deke" is another good Canadian one, to dodge quickly. It's originally a hockey term (to 'decoy' or fake someone out), but can be used in the sense "I'm going to deke out and get a two-four of Blue - want anything?" (I'm running a short errand to buy a case of 24 beer - can I get anything for you?).

Also very Canadian - using the term "hydro" to refer to the electricity utility.

One of my favourite Canadianisms, which would definitely not be appropriate for schoolgirls of the era, is sh!t disturber - someone who causes trouble or arguments for fun.

I'm still bitter that "doubloonie" wasn't adopted for the two dollar coin, because that seemed like a much more elegant construction.

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I'm with you on the Doubleloonie - so much more... supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!


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I worked with some people who used (American) football expressions extensively. I wonder what EMBD would have made of “throw a Hail Mary” and “do an end run”, among others?

And given her comments about “sapristi” I imagine she might have been apoplectic at Quebec terms like “sacrément” and “tabernac “ which are used as swear words in casual conversation. (Other religious terms are also used as stronger swears).


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Sport shoes are runners here as well. Not that most wearers do much running!
ETA here is Ireland - I thought I had that in the sidey bit, but clearly not!


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We certainly use pop in the south Alison,.

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Not in my part of the South, it is fizzy here.


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Mair wrote:
I was always quite impressed with the different kinds of slang used in the books, and I often borrowed the language and used it when I was in grade school.


:D :D . I often use words from books. Sometimes I actually take direct quotes from books, and don't initially realise that it's someone else's line rather than mine! Usually with Pride and Prejudice or Gone With The Wind :lol: . Enid Blyton slang often got used by kids when I was at primary school, much to the disgust of the teachers.

There are some lovely expressions in EBD books. "Gumswizzled", "the outside of enough" and "stick that on your needles and knit it" spring to mind. I've never actually dared call someone a "rubber-necked four flusher".

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jennifer wrote:
One of my favourite Canadianisms, which would definitely not be appropriate for schoolgirls of the era, is sh!t disturber - someone who causes trouble or arguments for fun.


The Australian version is sh!tstirrer, but apparently it's common elsewhere as well. But Australians are generally quite good at sh!tstirring.


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There are some lovely expressions in EBD books. "Gumswizzled", "the outside of enough" and "stick that on your needles and knit it" spring to mind. I've never actually dared call someone a "rubber-necked four flusher".



Rubber-necked four flusher confused me when I was younger. I thought it was a plunger used to unplug the toilet!


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:lol: :lol: That's certainly what it sounds like!

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