Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A Bit of Canadian Terminology

Canadians have their own unique terminology for certain things. It sets us apart from the rest of the world. Here are a few of these more common and uniquely Canadian terms with meaning in brackets are:

  • Canuck (Canadian)
  • loonie (dollar coin)
  • toonie (two dollar coin)
  • toque ( hat)
  • pop (soda)
  • pogy (Unemployment insurance)
  • a 24 (case of beer)
  • 6 pack (6 beers)
  • rye (whiskey)
  • Timmy's (Tim Hortons®)
  • timbits (donut holes)
  • double double (coffee with 2 creams, 2 sugars)
  • zed (last letter of alphabet
  • Francophone (French speaking Canadian)
  • Anglophone (English speaking Canadian)
  • brown bread (whole wheat bread)
  • runners (athletic sports shoes)
  • click (kilometres)
  • States (USA)
  • across the crick (Europe)
  • housecoat (bath robe)
  • Newfie ( a person from Newfoundland)


  1. That's truly fascinating - it is interesting to see how the English language has evolved in different parts of the world! In the UK, we also say 'zed,' 'brown bread' and sometimes 'housecoat' or, more usually, 'dressing gown.' In Australia, there are lots of Australian English words that I am learning!


  2. Hello..
    I commend you on your well rounded information highway in regards to Canada & what being a Canadian is all about.

    Born & raised in Northern Ontario for 40 years before I relocated to Florida..your blog is a refreshing change to all of the American political blogs floating around!

    I have passed your link onto quite a few Americans that are always rolling their eyes at how I phrase things and my typically Canadian Humor :)

    Thank you for a feeling of Canadian air!