We always hear from Americans that they don't understand many Canadian things.
1. Keener: A person who is extremely eager or keen. Used interchangeably with terms like “brownnoser” and “overachiever” among Canadian schoolchildren.
2. Mickey: A 375 ml bottle of alcohol. Usually shaped like a flask but slightly larger, they fit perfectly in a lady’s purse
3.Runners: Running shoes. Or, really, any kind of athletic shoe, like a tennis shoe
4. Stag and stagette parties: bachelor and bachelorette parties.
5. Hang a larry: Turn left.
6. Hang a roger: Turn right
7. Two-four: a case of 24 beers
8. Freezies: A favorite summertime treat that consists mostly of sugar and water frozen in a clear plastic tube.
9. Toque: Pronounced “toohk,” a toque is a winter hat or knit cap. Like a beanie. It often refers to the type of beanie that rolls up at the bottom.
10. Give’r: To exert as much effort as possible. Often used in the context of extreme sports.
11. Homo milk: no, it is not a gay milk. Homogenized milk, also known as whole milk. In Canada, it is very normal for a parent or spouse to ask you to pick up some homo milk on your way home.
12. “Out for a rip”: Going out for a drive. Or a snowmobile ride. Or any other kind of excursion, really.
13. Double-double: a type of coffee from Tim Hortons, Canada’s most popular coffee and donut shop. Double-doubles are made with two creams and two sugars.
14. Timbit: a donut hole from Tim Hortons or from any other restaurant in Canada.
15. Parkade: A multistory parking lot, aka a parking garage.
16. Toonie (or twoonie): You already know what the loonie is, so we’ll skip right over that one. A toonie is a $2 coin. It’s two-colored and made out of aluminum bronze and nickel.
17. Tourtière: A French-Canadian meat pie, often served around Christmas or New Year’s Eve.
18. Serviette: a napkin
19. Holiday: Canadians use the term “holiday” interchangeably with “vacation.” E.g., “When are you taking your holiday this year?” “I think I might go on holiday in July.”
20. Washroom: a polite word for bathroom. The Canadian version of “restroom.”
21. Chesterfield: a couch or sofa.
22. Garburator: an electric device underneath of a kitchen sink that breaks up food so it can be washed away. You call it a trash disposal.
23. Housecoat: a bathrobe.
24. Texas mickey: a 3-liter (101 oz) bottle of alcohol.
25. Gotch/gitch/gonch: tight men’s underpants (known elsewhere as “tighty–whities.”)
26. College: This refers specifically to community colleges in Canada. Any institution that awards degrees is referred to as a “university.”
27. Pencil crayons: colored pencils.
28. Pop: soda
29. A Haligonian: anyone from the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
30. Cheque: This is how Canadians spell “check” — as in the thing you write to transfer money to another person.
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