7 Canadian Slang Words That Aren’t “Eh?”

Canadian slang is not something I expected to pick up when I moved to BC. But more than once the Canadian slang terms I ran into completely threw me for a loop. And often as not, my southern slang confused my Canadian friends, as well. Here’s a list of Canadian slang words and phrases that I learned while in British Columbia.

 

A list of Canadian slang words and their meanings.

 

Canadian Slang Words That Confused Me

 

1. Appy

 

“Hey, we should grab some drinks and appys sometime.”

 

The first time someone mentioned going out for drinks and appys I had no idea what they meant. My deep Grey’s Anatomy knowledge stepped in but it seemed unlikely that Canadians routinely go out for a drinks and appendectomies. I even googled it and came up short.

 

Appy means appetizer. Ahhhhhh. It makes so much sense now but none when I first heard it.

 

2. Gong Show

 

“Oh man, went to the game last night and it was a total Gong Show.”

 

Thankfully, my old friend context clues helped me figure out the meaning of this Canadian slang phrase pretty quickly. Basically, it means that something was a disaster.

 

3. Homo Milk

 

“Hey hon, can you pick up some homo milk on the way home?”

 

I am being dead serious right now, homo milk is real-life Canadian slang. It’s short for “homogenized milk” but it actually means what we in the states call whole milk. In other words, full fat milk.

 

4. Toque

Pronouned “tuke”.

 

“It’s getting cold out there, don’t forget your toque.”

 

My what now? Oh, my hat. Okay. Toques are knit caps, the kind that you wear in the winter. Where I’m from we just call them hats or sometimes beanies. Toque was news to me.

 

5. Rubbers

 

“Mom, have you seen my rubber?”

 

Your who do what?! Oh, your ponytail holders. Okay. This is acceptable. Rubber means something different in my neck of the woods…

 

6. Runners

 

“Grab your runners, we’re heading to the park.”

 

Again, this one made sense after the fact but it was foreign to my ears in the beginning. We say tennis shoes where I’m from. Which is probably weirder because no one’s playing tennis. But still. It’s my normal.

 

7. Zed

 

I still hold that this one is strange. Zed is the name of the letter “z”. Letters shouldn’t have two constant sounds. Can I get an amen? They just shouldn’t. You can’t call a “b” a “bed”. It’s weird. Double U is the exception.

 

Would you have gotten any of those right if you were guessing? Check out this article for more Canadian slang words and watch this Buzzfeed video where Americans try to guess Canadian slang.

 

 

 

Weird Canadian Plurals and Pronunciations

 

I say pro-duce you say prah-duce.

I say prah-duct you say pro-duct.

I say coyoTEE you say coYOTE.

I say Mah-rio you say Ma-rio

I say legos you say lego.

And the list goes on.

 

Southern Slang that Confused my Canadian Friends

 

Once in awhile I made my Canadian friends furrow their brow when I spoke southern. Here are a couple of southern slang instances that I remember.

 

Bookoodles

 

“Holy crap, there were bookoodles of homeschoolers in there.”

 

I had no idea that this slang had southern origins until my Canadian friends looked at me like I was crazy. It means “a lot of something” and apparently is derived from the French “beaucoup”.

 

Snaggle Tooth

 

“Susie lost another tooth last night and now she has the most adorable snaggle tooth.”

 

I was shocked – SHOCKED – that my Canadian friend didn’t know the phrase “snaggle tooth”. It’s that adorable smile that little kids have when their teeth start falling out.

 

Test your southern slang knowledge with this hilarious Buzzfeed video where yankees try to guess southern slang.

 


 

 

And the list of Canadian slang words and their meanings could go on and on, I’m sure. What would you add?

 

Any other slang that you’ve run into around the country (or world) that confused you?

 

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A funny list of Canadian slang words and their meanings.

 

 

My Favorite Indian Soda

I’m no junk food connoisseur. But I feel like I need to tell you about two things today. My favorite Indian soda and the magic that is fresh lime soda.

 

Junk food around the world

 

Whenever you travel to another part of the world you’re always in store for some huge cultural differences. But sometimes it’s the little things that are the most fun. Namely – different varieties of snacks and junk food.

 

For example, in America we have Doritos and in India they have Cornitos.

 

cornitos

 

Many people travel all over the globe for new food experiences. From the disgusting to the divine, people seek out foreign food encounters. Well, I’m here to say – don’t skip the snack aisle! A country’s snacks are a part of its culture, make sure you experience it. :)

 

TIP: pretty much all Indian snack foods are veg. Which is the hip Asian way of saying vegetarian.

 

You can find many Indian snack foods online. If you’re not heading abroad soon but are curious, check out Indian veg snacks on Amazon.

 

Indian Soda

 

Now, there are several kinds of soda in India that you won’t find on the aisles of an American grocery store. But my favorite is …NIMBOOZ!

 

 

Nimbooz - My favorite Indian Soda

 

Now, I know what you’re thinking – Oh … another lemon soda. I get it. Most lemon-lime sodas are pretty interchangeable. But not this one.

 

What makes Nimbooz different is, in addition to fresh lemon juice, it has just the tiniest tang of salt.

 

Sounds, weird, I know. But salt is a flavor enhancer and there’s something magical about the balance of salty and sweet. Trust me.

 

TIP: There are actually two varieties of Nimbooz. 7Up Nimbooz and 7Up Nimbooz Masala Soda.

 

The masala soda is carbonated and the regular Nimbooz is not. Believe me, it’s an important distinction. The first time I tried Nimbooz I bought the carbonated one and I fell in love with it. The next several times I purchased regular Nimbooz and I kept thinking they had gone flat. There’s not a great difference between the packaging so make sure it says “masala soda” on the bottle.

 

And if you’re in a restaurant, scan the menu for Nimboozes fancier cousin, the delight that is fresh lime soda.

 

Fresh Lime Soda in India

 

Fresh lime soda - a popular Indian drink.

 

We have found fresh lime soda available all over India and we pretty much always order it if we get the chance. It’s a combination of fresh lime juice and carbonated water. It comes in three varieties – sweet, salty, and mixed. Get it mixed!

 

The first time my husband ordered a salty and sweet mixed lime soda I had very big doubts. I really thought it would be gross. But after sampling his, that’s how I’ve ordered mine ever since.

 

Have you ever had Nimbooz or fresh lime soda? What’s your favorite foreign junk food?

 

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Fresh lime soda - a treat not to miss while in India. My favorite Indian soda - and why you should try junkfood from around the world.

 

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