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Addendum to spoken sentences,
indicating a subtle request for approval or agreement.
Coffee with extra cream and extra sugar (hyphenated).
Living room furniture that two or three people
can simultaneously sit on.
A knitted woolen cap, often topped with a pon-pon.
Section of a home or public building
where people dispose of bodily waste.
A case containing two dozen beer.
Milk with fat content of 3.5% or higher
Electrical power or the company that provides it.
A writing implement with a wooden shell
covering a coloured lead in the centre.
A dry paper product, usually available in restaurants,
used to wipe one's face or fingers.
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Feb 24th, 2010 at 15:57 GMT
ummm...noone in canada says "serviette" except maybe in quebec but then youre getting into french words. and unless im mistaken the term double double is specific to just tim hortons so maybe add that to the clue. and also nobody says chesterfield...thats just a weird stereotype. if it werent for those molson commercials i wouldn't even know what that was.
Feb 24th, 2010 at 16:02 GMT
@asal313: I'm born & raised in Ontario, and these are all commonly used here. And I'm old enough to remember coffee before Timmy's and double-double was around first.
Feb 24th, 2010 at 16:07 GMT
Hydro is also a very regional term, mostly eastern Canada (Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec). It's unknown in Alberta for example. Serviette is another one that I've never heard used. Chesterfield would be uncommon, but most people know what it refers to.
Feb 24th, 2010 at 17:23 GMT
We have serviettes and pencil crayons in Britain too. But I only learnt loonie and toonie from Sporcle!
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Feb 24th, 2010 at 20:13 GMT
Hyuck, hyuck! Stupid Canadians, learn some English! (Just kidding!)
Feb 24th, 2010 at 22:27 GMT
asal313, I am Canadian and I say serviette all the time. I am from Newfoundland and I don't say hydro, refer to whole milk as homo or say pencil crayon (I say lead). But I got them all just the same. I also say bathroom which was accepted along with washroom.
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Feb 25th, 2010 at 00:50 GMT
A lot of these are wrong...
Feb 25th, 2010 at 01:08 GMT
I'm from Ontario, and unless you're hanging out with the 70+ crowd, you've never heard the term Chesterfield. I've never heard serviette used either - I actually thought the clue was hinting at towelette. All the others were obvious to me.
Feb 25th, 2010 at 04:28 GMT
Here in BC, the power utility is called "Hydro" and I knew all of them so I must be pathetically old, hopelessly regional or French. Mon Dieu!
Feb 26th, 2010 at 00:06 GMT
Feb 26th, 2010 at 14:29 GMT
@cybershot: "...and if I had a million dollars (if I had a million dollars)
I'd buy some furniture for your house (Maybe a nice
or an ottoman)"
Feb 26th, 2010 at 14:48 GMT
I am from Quebec and have heard of all these except "pencil crayon". Double-doubles are not popular in Quebec for what its worth, and they are not referred to as such (2 crèmes, 2 sucres is a lot more common than double-double). The only person that I have ever heard use the word "chesterfield" is my grandmother.
Feb 28th, 2010 at 15:54 GMT
I'm am 40-something Canadian from Ontario now living in the U.S. but am familiar with ALL of these terms (and, in fact, sometimes forget that 'hydro' isn't universal for electricity or that 'serviette' isn't the term used to describe a paper napkin). P.S. Would recommend accepting "touque" for tuque (for the truly Canadian amongst us).
Mar 1st, 2010 at 04:36 GMT
being american, all i got was eh, loonie and toonie. :( sad. the only canada i know is the alaska highway...
Mar 1st, 2010 at 12:12 GMT
Hilarious and informative. Only one of these makes any sense to this English English speaker. And that's the French one.
Mar 1st, 2010 at 21:54 GMT
what? what do people say if it's not pencil crayon?
Mar 1st, 2010 at 22:39 GMT
@Fletcher: colored pencil.
Mar 2nd, 2010 at 14:28 GMT
I'm also from Ontario and I know "serviette" and "chesterfield" only because they are stereotypes. (Actually, the only people I know who say those are my Newfie in-laws.)
Mar 2nd, 2010 at 19:15 GMT
Chesterfield is to Canadians what Davenport is to Americans. Not many people use it anymore, but most have probably heard the word from their grandparents, etc. I only got the 2-4 one thanks to Bob and Doug McKenzie, by the way :)
Mar 2nd, 2010 at 23:50 GMT
Isn't "Gold Medal" a phrase heard more in Canada than in other countries? (not taht I'm plugging my own quiz, mind you)
Mar 4th, 2010 at 16:19 GMT
They were all good except Hydro, which is not used in Alberta.
Mar 12th, 2010 at 01:27 GMT
I can't remember who it was that said to be a Canadian you have to understand what "Please pass me a serviette, I spilled my poutine on the chesterfield, eh"
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Mar 30th, 2010 at 20:01 GMT
Meh. I never hear eh or chesterfield.
Mar 30th, 2010 at 20:48 GMT
I'm Albertan and have never used the term "Hydro" used as such. I kept guessing Epcor.
Mar 31st, 2010 at 20:33 GMT
I thought everybody called it a pencil crayon.
Apr 3rd, 2010 at 00:41 GMT
nth'ing all the people who never knew that pencil crayon wasn't just the universal name of the thing.
Apr 3rd, 2010 at 03:33 GMT
Haha, got every one of them. Great quiz. :D
Apr 8th, 2010 at 07:25 GMT
I guess I'm rather Canadian (though as others have noted, probably just Ontarian). Gotta admit to using all of these (chesterfield less, but I am 24 and have used it many times) except for homo milk. I'd call it whole milk. And people (in Canada) make fun of my persistent use of serviette.
Apr 10th, 2010 at 05:34 GMT
I'm 33, and from Ontario. I've definitely heard of all of these terms, although I somehow forgot "Chesterfield" while completing the quiz.
Apr 10th, 2010 at 23:00 GMT
what the heck is pon-pon .. its a pom-pom! and it can be a regional thing for sure, I always say hydro, serviette, washroom, double-double, and homo milk. Im from the West Coast if that means anything... Chesterfield is rather old, never use two 4 though, whats wrong with saying a 24 pack? ha
Apr 12th, 2010 at 03:16 GMT
@jgauthier: "Pom-pom" is more common, but wrong. Pom-pom actually refers to large naval guns. Actually the correct term is "Pom-pon".
Apr 13th, 2010 at 18:12 GMT
im from ontario, have never heard of a chesterfield, would never call milk homo, and would never call a napkin a serviette.
Apr 19th, 2010 at 11:59 GMT
serviette and chesterfield aren't in every day usage here (gta), but at the same time I DO know the terms. also, dépanneur, while only technically in quebec, is distinct enough and used often enough that I occasionally hear it in ontario. and I join the masses who didn't know anything other than pencil crayon for years. finally, I say eh, because I started using it to make fun of an american friend visiting, and then got used to it and it will occasionally slip out.
May 4th, 2010 at 10:21 GMT
I live in Ontario & I don't call it a Chesterfield, I call it a couch & I don't call it a serviette very often either usually it's just called a napkin & 3% milk is usually called whole mil or just 3%. Haha, but cool quiz. I didn't know American's didn't use those words. What do you use instead??
May 4th, 2010 at 22:37 GMT
Maritimer here (New Brunswick). I knew all these terms (except I couldn't remember pencil crayon till I saw the answer), but Hydro isn't used here, serviette is uncommon (napkin is far more common), Homo is on some milk boxes but seldom said (I call it whole milk), and chesterfield is on its way out (supplanted by couch, mainly). You should include Kraft Dinner on this (Kraft Macaroni and Cheese for our southern cousins).
May 5th, 2010 at 04:24 GMT
I'm a late thirties Ontarian who's lived in the US for the past twenty years and these are all familiar to me (although I didn't get pencil crayon because I completely thought that was universal). This is a fun quiz and worth expanding - add Kraft Dinner, definitely. As a new parent, I'm learning from blank stares that "soother" (pacifier) and "wrangy" (cranky) seem to be uniquely Canadian. It's the same look I get when I say "hydro pole," Gravol and Duo-Tang. If you like this kind of thing, check out Katherine Barber's brilliantly titled book "Only in Canada, You Say."
May 13th, 2010 at 16:32 GMT
I gotta say, I'm getting a kick out of those who think because a word/phrase isn't used in their neck of the woods that it isn't a Canadian thing. C'mon... we're a big diverse country, eh?
May 30th, 2010 at 09:39 GMT
I totally didn't get "hyrdo" because I'm from Alberta where most of our power is gas/coal. :( Definitely include Kraft Dinner! You could also include "Ottoman" (ie a footstool). That term is most often used in Canada, rather than other countries - that's why Barenaked Ladies used it in "If I had $1000000".
May 31st, 2010 at 17:40 GMT
I almost missed pencil crayon because I had no idea that was a canadian term. What the heck would you call a pencil crayon other than a pencil crayon? Not a coloured pencil obviously, but perhaps a colored pencil?
Jun 15th, 2010 at 21:17 GMT
I love Canada.
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