Weekly Blog No 41 – Learning To Drop My Canadian Vocabulary  

 

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As of next week I will be setting all my technology to UK English and dropping all my z to s’s in words like realize to realise. I will be adding my u’s to words again like, colour and neighbour. I shall be pre setting this blog to post, whilst I’m still in the air traveling to London. After 6 years I’m going to have to learn to drop my Canadian vocabulary, for instance.

Canadian – British

  • Gas – Petrol
  • Sidewalk – Footpath
  • Trunk – Boot
  • Hood – Bonnet
  • Washrooms – Toilets
  • Chips – Crisps
  • Fries – Chips
  • Runners – Trainers
  • Parkade – Multi Storey Car Park
  • Fire Hall – Fire Station
  • Pants – Underwear
  • Hydro – Electrictity
  • Candy – Sweets
  • Track Pants – Joggers
  • ABM – Cashpoint
  • Thongs – Flipflops
  • College – University
  • Urgent Care – A & E
  • Lineup – Queue
  • Dish Cloth – Tea Towel
  • Sweater – Jumper
  • Yard – Garden
  •  Wallet – Purse
  • Duplex – Semi Detached House
  • Detached House – Single Family Home
  • Movie – Film
  • Zucchini – Courgette
  • Cell  Phone – Mobile Phone
  • Bangs – Fringe
  • Soccer – Football
  • Awesome – Great
  • Faucets – Taps
  • Drapes – Curtains
  • Elevator – Lift
  • Whiteout – Tipex
  • Bandaid – Plaster
  • Main Floor – Ground Floor
  • Electrical Outlet – Socket
  • Stove – Cooker
  • Jelly – Jam
  • Cookie – Biscuit
  • Soda – Pop
  • Garbage – Rubbish
  • Dumpster – Skip
  • Mall – Shopping Centre
  • Bar – Pub

Now I will have to remember not to turn right on a red light, not to walk to the mail box to collect my mail and when ordering drinks there is no such thing as a double double.  It’s going to take some adjustment and only time will tell.

Weekly Blog No 33 – British Slang 

I have been in Canada 6 years, yet I haven’t lost my British slang. In fact I have given a few Canadians a whole new dictionary of words. Being a Brit in Canada, it took a while just getting around the Canadian vocabulary so I can only imagine how Canadians seem to be confused with our slang words.

I thought I would provide a list of words and there meanings.

  1. Shambles – Plan gone wrong
  2. Loo – Toilet
  3. Do – Party
  4. Plastered – Drunk
  5. Her’s majesty pleasure – Prison
  6. Up the duff – Pregnant
  7. Nosh – Food
  8. Bees and Knees – Awesome
  9. Kip – Sleep
  10. Gutted – Devastated
  11. Starkers – Completely naked
  12. Bottle – Courage
  13. Doddle – Easy
  14. Ta – Thanks
  15. Off your trolley – Nuts, crazy or mad
  16. Posh – High class
  17. Full of beans – Lots of energy
  18. Dodgy – Not to be trusted
  19. Give us a bell – Call me
  20. A flick – A movie 
  21. Pins – Legs 
  22. Afters – Dessert
  23. Moggy – Cat
  24. Mucker – Pal
  25. Parky – Chilly 
  26. Telly – Television
  27. Tea – Dinner
  28. Pint – Beer
  29. Fit – Hot looking person
  30. Dogs breakfast – A mess 

There is hundreds of words, far to many to list, however I would love to know your thoughts.