Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Canadian eh?


Okay, its not Canada Day yet, but the other day I unwittingly did something so stereotypical I had to laugh at myself afterwards. I was in a parking lot and the closest empty space was being blocked by a fellow in a big pick-up happily chatting away to a friend through his window. Since I knew him, I called out my window, jokingly of course, "Get out of the way, eh!" He smiled & waved & drove off. Then I realized what I had said...the stereotypical canadian "eh". I laughingly mentioned it to my son, who was with me, (hoping I knew the guy and was not just being rude cause he has reason to be wary of big guys in big trucks, but that's a story for another day), and he gave me this question..or statement, "I'm sure americans say "eh" too."
So this is my question to you....do any other english speaking countries say 'eh"?

11 comments:

  1. Hi Joyce,

    No, we don't say "eh". I'm sure ya'll don't say "ya'll" either. :)

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  2. Atleast not down-south, anyway. :)

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  3. No, lol, we don't say y'all!

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  4. Hey Joyce, Do you remember Bob and Doug?
    Beer, back bacon and national pride. Take off Eh!

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  5. people comment on my wisconsin accent which makes me laugh....but nope, we don't say "eh"

    and sometimes we say "all y'all" like they do in texas....hee hee

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  6. south africans don't say eh and as far as i have been able to pick up neither do the irish but they do say what's the crack? (actually spelt craic) which means the same thing and has me laughing hysterically on most days : )

    looking forward to the story for another day...

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  7. Seems strange to learn we don't say it, eh? Just kidding. Fact is, we don't....we have many other odd verbal tics, but that one? It's uniquely yours from over the border!

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  8. Loved the collage of photos - it is Autumn here in Australia so the colours feel very familiar :)

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  9. Nope, not here in Chicagoland, unless we're trying to sound Canadian :)

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  10. Is that you with those cookies? I love those -- they're my favorites!

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