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Canada, part two

“Caddy is from Canada,” Hannah told Grace and me.  Caddy is a very sweet little girl on Hannah’s swim team.

“Caddy from Canada,” repeated Grace.  “That sounds funny.  Does she say -ay alot?”  She was referring to Canadian up-speak, that rising inflection that some Canadians do, including ending the sentence with a question-marked “eh”.

“No,” answered Hannah. “She has lived here for three years so she has learned not to.”

“How did you know she was Canadian, then?” asked Grace, as if upspeak was the only way to identify a Canadian.

washroom“She called the bathroom a washroom,” explained Hannah.

“But Charlie sometimes calls the bathroom a washroom.  Does that make him Canadian?” I asked. Charlie recently graduated from a four-year school in Canada so he has spent a fair amount of time there.

“He has learned some Canadian,” Hannah said.

I guess that the essence of Canada has something to do with the washroom. The things I learn from my kids!

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3 comments on “Canada, part two

  1. catterel
    January 22, 2013

    As a Brit, I distinguish between Americans and Canadians by the way the Canadians pronounce the “ou” in words like “about” – I now have a second criterion!

    • sarahlangdon
      January 22, 2013

      I have to ask then — what’s it called the UK? Washroom? Bathroom? WC?

  2. catterel
    January 22, 2013

    Toilets – Ladies – Gents – or just “the loo” in (polite) conversation. If you ask for the bathroom, you may get just that – the room with the bathtub in it – and the essential item could be in a separate room of its own!

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