I saw this back in August when it first came out, and I see it's making the rounds again on Facebook. Here's the list, but I'm adding my own comments and observations:
1. People asking you to say ‘aboot ‘ for them.
I have never had this happen to me, but maybe that's because I moved here from the US over 40 years ago. However, for my non-Canadian friends, let me add that it seems to me most Canadians do NOT say "aboot" instead of "about". Many say something that seems like a cross between "a-boat" and "aboot" though.
2. Having roads in our potholes.
We have a seriously frequent freeze-thaw-freeze-thaw series of cycles, and they do, indeed play havoc with the streets.
3. Accidentally setting your keyboard to French and not realizing for the longest time.
Been there. Done that.
4. When I Travel Abroad, Locals Think I’m American.
Maybe that's because I am/was, originally from the US. I make sure I have a Canadian flag on my shoulder bag, and I often have one on my jacket as well. But I think this is a less pressing situation now than it was back during the Vietnam war.
5. When I Type ‘?,’ It Comes Out As ‘É’
Crap! Yes, and on a previous computer it seemed to happen all the frickn time!
6. Constantly getting duds when it’s roll up the rim season.
This is reference to the Tim Hortons "lottery". For my response, see this.
7. Uses Canadian Spelling… Gets Corrected By U.S. Spell-Checker.
Happens all the time. I try to set the spell-checker for UK-Canadian, but that's rarely an option. And of course I bugger things up with my self-amused spellings like Vancouvre, sobre, and eagre.
8. Asks For A Double-Double… U.S. Cashier Doesn’t Understand.
Never happens to me. I don't drink coffee with double sugar, double cream, and I rarely order coffee in the US.
9. Paid $1.98 Charge With A Toonie… Got No Change.
I'm proud of this! We got rid of the flippn penny, and I played a role in its demise! See the articles here. btw, a toonie is a two-dollar Canadian coin.
10. Shipping within the US: free. Shipping internationally: 3 BILLION DOLLARS.
No foolin'! I can't wait for even freer trade between the two countries.
11. Panicking at the scent of burnt toast.
What's this about? All I can think of is the number of times smoke alarms have gone off because of burnt toast. But actually I think it has to do with Wilder Penfield.
12. Just Got Netflix… U.S. Selection Is WAY Better.
... but there are ways around this problem, according to several friends.
13. If you pronounce the second ‘t’ in Toronto, you obviously don’t live in Toronto.
After living in Canada for a year, I started spelling it "Trono". It's pronounced TRAH-nah.
14. Tim Horton’s withdrawel while abroad.
I guess some Canadians have this. I don't much care what coffee I drink, though, so this doesn't affect me at all.
15. Wearing heavy-duty winter boots to school and looking like a hoser all day.
Yeah, or wearing them to the office. But I have what I call my "studly" boots, too.
16. 3 second milk ads that leave you wondering what just happened.
They went by so fast, I can barely remember them.
17. Being asked if you ski to work.
Never happened, not even in jest. But there were times when I probably should have skied to work or even to the store or the lunch counter.
18. Your international friends and family visit the other side of Canada but still expect to see you.
Yup. Three related points:
- Someone once asked me, "How big a city is Canada?
- I was once at an event in Kansas where they gave a prize for someone who had come the farthest to the event. They insisted on giving me the prize, even though someone was there from Hawaii.
- A UK friend who knows the geography of Canada very well took the train across Canada from Vancouvre just to visit us. In this case, she knew what she was doing and relished it.
19. Wildly overestimating the price with tax, just to be safe.
Yup again. We have a non-hidden value-added tax in Ontario of 13% on most purchases. So when something is priced at $60, my tendency is to guess that's about $70-$75. That way I'm not too shocked or disappointed with the final bill.
20. Travelling to England means that half of your luggage is filled with plug adapters.
I did this the first year I taught at the Badr International Studies Centre in Herstmonceux, England. I carried only a few after that, but I still had some for the continent, too, since their outlets were different. Lord bless computers that don't seem to care what the power source is!
21. Ooh, 15 cents. That’s really helpful Canadian Tire.
The history here is that Canadian Tire (a major retailer in Canada) gives out "Canadian Tire money" [i.e. loyalty programme rewards] with cash purchases. Lots of people have lots of 4-cent or whatever Canadian Tire "dollars" floating around. I don't. I use their Mastercard when I shop at Canadian Tire, and that keeps track of my Canadian Tire dollars for me. When asked if I want to use the money, my response is usually, "Yes, I don't want to die without using it." Well, I say that to myself anyway.
22. “I have a friend named ______ in Vancouver, do you know them?”
I have never heard this, but it reminds me of something BenS used to say: "Oh, you're John Palmer from London, Ontario.... are you by any chance related to John Jones from there?" It was his bizarre sense of humour.
23. Salt stains on everything in the winter.
Good grief, yes! I experienced this in my youth in Michigan, but it is really serious here.
24. Fahrenheit is a confusing and impenetrable mystery.
Not for me. I was raised on Fahrenheit, and Canada didn't switch to Celsius until the mid-1970s. I have slowly adapted to Celsius. But as regular readers of EclectEcon know, I frequently assert that C means Canadian, F means Foreign.
25. Need to fake an American zip code because there isn’t a postal code box.
Been there. Done that. Sworn about it.
26. “And remember class, it must be by a Canadian.”
I don't recall ever having insisted on this. However, I sort of did this the one term that I taught Canadian Economic History.
27. The air hurts my face. Why am I living where the air hurts my face.
I don't know HOW many times Ms Eclectic and I have said this to each other.
28. Having to take your mitts off in the winter to text someone back.
So true! so true! I have the kind of mitts that fold back, exposing bare fingers. But I wear phone-compatible gloves under the mitts. This combination really came handy the last time I was living/working in Regina SK
29. “What’s your background?” I’m Canadian. “no, before that.”
Unlike when the political and social climate in Canada was so strongly anti-US when I arrived in the early 1970s, I have no qualms about saying I'm originally from the US. After all, I have lived in Canada considerably longer than I lived in the US.
30. The calories in poutine. Seriously, the stuff tastes like heaven.
Is this an indicator I'm not a true Canuck? I don't like poutine. However, one of our favourite restaurants makes poutine with onion rings instead of fries, and that's pretty tasty.