26 Everyday Things That Are Called Something Else In Canada

Take off your runners, slip on your housecoat, and read this list. Inspired by the Tumblr, What’s Different In Canada.

1. Non-Dairy Creamer = Coffee Whitener

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2. A Suck-Up, a Brown-Noser, or a Teacher’s Pet = a Keener, an Eager Beaver, or a Keen Bean

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3. Powdered Sugar = Icing Sugar

4. Sneakers or Running Shoes = Runners

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5. Toy Cars (or Hot Wheels) = Dinky Cars

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6. TV Remote = Converter

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Although, only a handful of Canadians still call it that today.

7. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese = Kraft Dinner or K.D.

8. Silverware = Cutlery (in Canada, silverware literally signifies utensils made of silver)

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9. Kickball = Soccer Baseball


10. Parking Garage = Parkade

11. Bathrobe = Housecoat

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12. 375ml of Liquor = a Mickey

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13. Take a Test = Write a Test

14. Beanie or a Knit Hat = Toque (rhymes with fluke)

15. Colored Pencils = Pencil Crayons


16. “Pajamas” = “Pyjamas”

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17. American Cheese = Processed Cheese

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18. Bathroom = Washroom


19. In Saskatchewan, a Hooded Sweatshirt = a Bunnyhug

20. Electric Bill = Hydro Bill

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21. Whole Wheat Toast = Brown Toast

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22. Garbage Disposal = Garburator

23. 24-pack = Two-Four

24. Poster Board = Bristol Board

25. Grades = Marks

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26. Rubber Bands = Elastics

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“[elastics] man
Like a one-man band”

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