August 5, 2019
After more than three weeks in Canada I finally heard a Canadian utter the interjection “eh?” at the end of a sentence! For those of who are too young or not familiar with the skits that Canadian comedians Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas used to do on SCTV back in the early 1980’s (there are lots of them available on YouTube. They’re hilarious), at the beginning of each 2-minute episode of “Great White North,” their skit, Moranis would say “G’day everyone, I’m Bob McKenzie and this is my brother Doug” – at which point Thomas would always say “How’s it goin’, eh?”. Like the “Weekend News” segment on Saturday Night Live, or Seth Meyer’s “A Closer Look” segment, their bit was something I’d always stay up to watch on late night TV.
(Photo credit: mentalfloss.com)
As I was preparing to disembark from the ferry which brought me back to Nova Scotia yesterday I overheard the young man who had prepared my smoothie earlier in the day at the little snack bar on Deck 9 of the ship say “So, you finally found a box of paper straws for me, eh?” to a co-worker. I’ve been wanting to post about this since the beginning of my trip but was waiting for the right time.
And I’ve only heard one “aboot” so far during this trip. That was uttered during a conversation I was having with the kid in Truro, NS at the Tidal Bore place aboot three weeks ago (as Shawn would say – Ha!). He was giving me directions to a restaurant he was recommending and said to go “aboot” 4 kilometers up a certain road. I never knew Peter Jennings, the late anchor of the weeknight ABC News broadcasts, was Canadian until I heard him say “aboot” one night during a story.
PLEASE understand, I’m not making fun of Canadians, or if you think I am it is good natured fun. My mother was from West Virginia and I can say “y’all” with the best of ’em. And I have added “fixin”” to my vocabulary since moving to North Carolina. I’m sure other people have observed that about me, too.
Hey – different is what makes the world go ’round….
Photo added 8/6/2019 after original post
I was in Walmart today to buy a fire extinguisher for my car (see separate post) and saw this: