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Can You Correctly Define These Canadian Terms?

"Skookum!"

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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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    A huge, messy mistake
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    Very foggy conditions
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    What you say when you smell something stinky
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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!"

    "Peasoup" is what you call very foggy conditions.
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    A spring fever that affects newcomers to Calgary
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    A snowboard company based in Calgary
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    The feeling of homesickness for people from Calgary
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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."

    It's a spring fever that affects newbie Calgarians!
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    A doughnut filled with jelly
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    A cookie with jam in the centre
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    An impromptu musical performance
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    It's a doughnut!

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

    It's a doughnut!
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    To feel very sleepy
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    Dim-witted
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    A sleepover
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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.

    It's what you call a dim-witted person!
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    The insanity that sets in after being stuck inside all winter
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    Rabies in Arctic foxes
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    A cocktail made in the North
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    It's rabies in Arctic foxes.

    Researchers found it in a text from 1958.

    It's rabies in Arctic foxes.
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    Literally a bucket for storing honey
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    Where you put tips for strippers in Western Canada
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    A makeshift toilet
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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.

    It's a toilet!
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    It's just a short form of "Winnipeg"
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    It's a sex thing
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    It's slang for the clock tower on Parliament Hill
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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."

    It's just short for "Winnipeg."
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    A party held in the spring hunting season
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    A fundraising party for engaged couples
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    A game to make a bride and groom kiss at a wedding
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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.

    It's party engaged couples hold.
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    A burger with cheese and bacon
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    A burger with tomatoes and sauerkraut
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    A burger with ketchup and kimchi
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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.

    It's a good ol' bacon cheeseburger.
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    A type of hat
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    A small rodent found in Northern Saskatchewan
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    Someone who's overly enthusiastic
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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."

    It's an overly enthusiastic person.
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    The garbage disposal in your sink
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    Another word for a boat engine
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    A costume designer
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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."

    It's a garbage disposal.
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    A multi-room dwelling shared by multiple single men
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    An one-room apartment with a separate bathroom
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    Any apartment where a single man lives
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    It's a single-room apartment.

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

    It's a single-room apartment.
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    "Oh no!"
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    "Ow!"
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    "Awesome!"
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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.

    It means good, awesome, strong, etc.
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    A fire log
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    Butt fat
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    A small fishing vessel
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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.

    It's a fire log.
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    Moose stew
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    Melted moose fat
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    Moonshine
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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."

    It's moonshine!
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