Living in Canada is interesting. We’re known for being overly friendly and polite. We can sometimes be seen eating nanimo bars, poutine, and beaver tails. We are known to drink a lot of alcohol, and can handle strong beer. Cannabis is legal, so lots of people are chilled out and happy. We have provinces and territories, and each one is more different than the last.
Something else we are known for? Our interesting slang.
When I’ve traveled people were always thrilled when they found out that I’m Canadian. They couldn’t wait to say “eh” to me, and to see how I pronounce certain words (I’m looking at you house). I think it’s funny how slang is such a source of entertainment to those who aren’t used to those words. Canada is famous for the slang we speak.
Canadian Slang Terms
Keener = Brown Noser, Overachiever
Mickey = 375 ml bottle of alcohol
Give’r = Give it your all. Exert strength
Gong Show = When a situation turns into a total disaster
Two-four = 24 Case of beer
Toque = Winter hat, like a beanie
Timmies = Tim Hortons, the best coffee shop
Double Double – Most popular coffee from Timmies, two cream two sugar
Kerfuffle = A commotion, often times in a disagreement
Decked out = Dressed up
Pop = Soda
Loonie = $1 coin
Toonie = $2 coin
That’s Jokes = That’s funny
Freezie = Ice pop
Click = Kilometer. Often used when driving. i.e “How many more clicks until we get there?”
Also note worthy. We have a candy called Rockets, which in America they call Smarties. We have Smarties too, candy coated chocolate, much like M&M’s.
Also, ketchup chips (my favorite), nanimo bars, coffee crisp, kinder eggs, pink creme soda (pop), crunchie bars, dill pickle chips, and much more!
What cool slang terms do you have where you’re from?
What food does Canada not have that your country has?
Which Canadian food would you like to try?
You should also check out my post “You Know You’re Canadian When” for more like this!