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Posted on Apr. 7, 2017

Can You Correctly Define These Canadian Terms?

"Skookum!"

Canadian English isn't merely a mix of British and American words. It's a unique language unto itself.

And researchers have compiled them all into the "Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles."

We picked out some words and phrases from the dictionary, but can you guess what they mean?

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    "Peasoup" is what you call very foggy conditions.

    adj. — informal: extremely foggy. "It's a real peasouper out there by the bay!"

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    It's a spring fever that affects newbie Calgarians!

    "A kind of malaise resembling spring fever, said to be felt by newcomers in Calgary during the balmy winter days brought on by the Chinook winds."

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    It's a doughnut!

    n. — Food, especially Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario: a doughnut filled with jelly. "This jambuster is delicious AF."

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    It's what you call a dim-witted person!

    adj. — informal, slang: dim-witted or lazy. Brits use this word, too.

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    It's rabies in Arctic foxes.

    Researchers found it in a text from 1958.

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    It's a toilet!

    n. — Slang, rural, Territories: a container used in place of a toilet. Might originate from British military slang.

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    It's just short for "Winnipeg."

    n. Winnipeg, Manitoba. "I'm going to visit my aunt in The Peg this summer."

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    It's party engaged couples hold.

    n. & adj. — predominantly Ontario: a dance or party for an engaged couple to raise funds for their wedding.

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    It's a good ol' bacon cheeseburger.

    The researchers found a reference to the banquet burger in a 1968 Windsor Star newspaper ad.

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    It's an overly enthusiastic person.

    n. — informal, slightly derogatory, usually Education. For example, "Kevin studied all night instead of coming to the bar, what a keener."

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    It's a garbage disposal.

    This word is almost exclusively found in Canada. Like, "put the food scraps in the gaburator."

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    It's a single-room apartment.

    Americans are much more likely to say "studio apartment."

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    It means good, awesome, strong, etc.

    According to the DCHP, "skookum" comes from language used between traders on the west coast. These days, its mainly used in Yukon.

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    It's a fire log.

    Specifically, it's a big hunk of wood placed at the back of a fire to keep it going.

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    It's moonshine!

    A northern slang word for home-distilled liquor. "Pass that moose milk, bud, I'm getting pissed tonight."

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