Only in Canada, You Say

Only in Canada, You Say

A Treasury of Canadian Language

Book - 2007
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Ask any Canadian about a distinctly Canadian form of English, and most will offer an enthusiastic Bob-and-Doug-McKenzie 'eh' in response. A passionate few might also bring up the colour vs. color debate or our pronunciations of 'out' and 'about'. And some may point to the ubiquitous Canadiantoque as evidence of a language that is all our own. If this is your idea of Canadian English, then it might surprise you that Katherine Barber, Editor-in-Chief of the best-selling Canadian Oxford Dictionary and author of the best-selling Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to Do With Pigs, haswritten a new book filled with nothing but made-in-Canada vocabulary. Only in Canada You Say highlights more than 1,200 words and phrases that are unique to our neck of the woods. Did you know, for example, that every time you ask for Gravol at the drug store, you're using a word that is unknownanywhere else? That those tasty butter tarts your mother used to make don't exist beyond our borders? Or that there are three distinctly Canadian sex words? And jokes about living in the Great White North aside, it is still pretty interesting to discover that there are 17 Canadian words for ice!Organized thematically, Only in Canada You Say covers Canadian English from coast to coast to coast, with sections dedicated to the things we love to do, where we live, how we get around, and what we wear. The entertaining and informative introductions to each section provide a fresh, ofteneye-opening, perspective on the reality of Canadian English from Canada's own 'Word Lady', Katherine Barber. Only in Canada You Say maybe 'eh' is just the beginning of this story! '
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press, 2007
ISBN: 9780195427073
0195427076
Branch Call Number: 427.971 Bar 3558ad 1
Characteristics: viii, 272 p

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Jan 16, 2015

This little book was a lot of fun. Not all the Western Canadian expressions that I am familiar with were in the book. But it was very entertaining.

SCL_Preschool Sep 17, 2013

This book is a lot fun - opinions will certainly vary as to just how Canadian some entries are.

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