Tuesday, November 23, 2010

List it Tuesday - Canadian Edition

With American Thanksgiving coming up (and the fact that our young American housemate asked me yesterday "who's Tim Hortons?"), I've been thinking a lot about my beloved homeland and its fabulous idiosyncrasies. I've been in Kansas now for 13 years  (13? Oh my gosh!) and I'm still discovering words and other things that I didn't even realize were strictly Canadian. So here's my list for this List it Tuesday:

(bonus points to Americans who can identify any of these things without the help of Google)

We're hosting Thanksgiving this year, and Foxy's family is due to arrive on our doorstep tomorrow afternoon, so I may not get a chance to post again before the end of the weekend. But you never know. I am working on a few more items that I hope to add to the shop before the end of the week so if I get those done, I'll try to post them here.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends and family! And happy 4th week of November to my Canucks!



  1. I have heard of Tim Hortons. From what I could tell from my recent Toronto trip, they're like a Dunkin Donuts? One on every corner!

    Great list. I am totally looking up the rest!

    Happy 4th week of November!

  2. I have not the foggiest idea of any of them! Great list. I love things like this! I'll have to look them all up soon.

  3. Oh my goodness so much FUN!! I love your list and have no idea about a single one of those words, which just tickles me to no end :)I actually can't think of anyone I know who is Canadian (weird, right?) so thank you for the little linguistic lesson and I'm off to go google my heart out!

  4. i've spent a little time in canada, so i've at least got pablum down...

    and i know toque from working in kitchens in my youth...

  5. Oh, I can't believe I'm still surprised when people don't know these words! Makes me smile.

    Cath, I forgot that a chef's hat is also called a toque! In Canada, this is a toque: http://thetuquesouq.blogspot.com/2009/06/tuque-by-any-other-name.html (and according to that blog post I should have called it a "tuque").

  6. I got five out of ten ! But ... I lived in Ontario for 2 years in my teens so I guess I should know at least some of them !! And ... I enjoyed Tim Horton's TimBits on a recent trip to the States !! Mmmmmm ....

    This is my first week playing and my list IS HERE

  7. I don't know what any of these things are--although I would venture a guess that toonies are cartoons? I never think of Canada as a "foreign" country but I guess it's a bit more foreign than I thought!

  8. Bonnie, I didn't even know there were Tim Hortons in the states anywhere! We're infiltrating!!! :)

    Ooooh, Pat, that's a good guess. But actually toonies are $2 coins. They replaced our $2 bills some years ago. We also have loonies, which are $1 coins and so-called because they bear the image of a loon on one side!

  9. i love your list! its really amusing. i have to admit i did not know very many (really really few in fact)... got an excuse, english is not my mother tongue and i never been in the Americas...

  10. dudette, i have no idea what any of these things are! but sounds like i could use me a tim horton!