Community·Posted on Jun 2, 20218 Canadian Stereotypes That Americans Need To Be Informed On ASAPSetting the record straight once and for all.by violetmadisonCommunity ContributorApproved and edited by BuzzFeed Community TeamFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Stereotype: Canadians pronounce "about" like "a-boot" Comedy Central True or false: FalseThis stereotype is an exaggeration of the Canadian accent that perplexes most. We do pronounce "about" a little differently than our neighbors to the south, but it sounds more like "a-boat". You also won't find this pronunciation everywhere. Canada is an enormous country and regional accents vary significantly. 2. Stereotype: Canada is cold AF Warner Bros. True or False: Partially trueCanada and Russia share the title of "Coldest Nation in the World," but what do you expect for two nations whose northern borders stretch along the Arctic Ocean? Winters can get bitterly cold, especially the further north you go. While temperature differences and snow accumulations vary from province-to-province, most Canadians would agree that enduring cold winters is part of the pride. Cold is just one of many features of the Canadian climate. We experience some of the most diverse weather systems in the world. This is largely due to its immense geographical size and varying topography. Frigid winters are often followed by rainy springs and scorching summers, a reality that many non-Canadians may not know or fail to mention. 3. Stereotype: Canadians are obsessed with maple syrup New Line Cinema True or false: TrueAs a country, we are pretty obsessed with maple syrup, and that's because we are fortunate enough to produce between 70-80% of the worlds' supply. Credit must be given to Canada's indigenous population who first identified and used maple sap to flavor, cure, and preserve food. For these reasons, maple syrup is a big part of the Canadian economy and, indeed, Canadian national identity. With so much maple syrup at our disposal, Canadians have made it their business to capitalize on our nation's sweet and delicious resource. Maple-flavored products are virtually everywhere with new inventions and infusions cropping up every day. Maple bacon is a delicacy here. 4. Stereotype: Canadians say "sorry" a lot igor kisselev, close-up.biz / Via Getty Images True or false: TrueNobody really knows why Canadians apologize so much, but there are a LOT of theories. Some believe it is a byproduct of British settlement, while others think it's simply a pre-emptive courtesy to avoid conflict and express good will. Whatever the case may be, it is so common for Canadians to say "sorry" that most provinces and territories have "apology legislation," which essentially states that apologizing is not an admission of guilt or liability. 5. Stereotype: Canadian police wear red uniforms and ride horses CBS True or false: FalseCanada has a Federal police force called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and separate provincial/territorial police forces. The RCMP (aka "The Mounties") provide law enforcement at the federal level however, many provinces also contract their provincial and municipal policing to the RCMP. Ontario, for example, has its own police force called the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), whereas Nova Scotia contracts its provincial policing to the RCMP.Mounties are often pictured wearing the stereotypical red jacket, black pant with yellow stripe, and brown hat. However, this is a ceremonial uniform and is not worn by officers while performing regular policing duties. Horses are also used for ceremonial purposes and not in the execution of normal business operations. 6. Stereotype: Canadian milk comes in bags Visit Roemvanitch / EyeEm / Via Getty Images True or false: Partially true Bagged milk was first used around the '60s, when Canada converted to the metric system. It was easier and more affordable for dairy producers to adjust to metric measurements by keeping their equipment and simply putting milk in bags. Over time, plastic jugs and containers began to replace bags in many parts of the country, but some provinces continue to offer Canadians milk in bags along with the modern containers. Bagged milk can still be found in Central and Eastern Canada. 7. Stereotype: Canadians say "eh" a lot SCTV True or false: Partially true As with most slang, whether 'eh' is a common interjection depends on the Canadian. Some Canadians don't say it and haven't heard it much while others pepper it in conversation like tasty linguistic seasoning. 'Eh' is often tagged onto the end of a sentence to convey a common understanding, politeness and reassurance between communicators. Interestingly, while Canadians use 'eh' more often than any other country, they are not the only country to have this interjection as part of their language. 'Eh' is derived from Middle English and while the current spelling and usage of 'eh' is specific to Canada, it exists in its own variations in different countries throughout the world. 8. Stereotype: Canadians are obsessed with hockey Disney True or false: True Hockey is big deal in Canada. While not every Canadian is desperate for the Leafs to finally win the Stanley Cup again or building skating rinks in their backyards, hockey remains the countries most popular pastime. Hockey is also a big part of the Canadian economy, with billions of dollars in revenue generated each year from the sport. Hockey is also a major part of Canadian identity. It's very common to find hockey-related imagery on food and beverage products.