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CANADIANISMS

Place names sometimes leave a mark not only on the map, but on the language. A few classic examples (we welcome more):

Calgary redeyes - Drinks made from beer and tomato juice. According to Will and Ian Ferguson, authors of How to Be a Canadian, no one actually drinks them.

However, Jason, an ePodunk user writes us: "Just to clarify - A redeye is beer and Clamato Juice - and a lot of people drink them."

Digby chicken - In the town known as the scallop capital, this is a dish of salted or smoked herring. Fillets are often called Digby chips.

Klondike - A prosperous time, deriving from the gold rush in the 1890s.

Labrador - Salted cod from the Labrador fishery.

Nanaimo bar - A dessert, with many variations, but usually a chocolate, brownie-like confection.

Full Nanaimo - An outfit distinguished by white shoes, white belt and polyester pants. South of the border, the fashion is known as a full Cleveland.

Newfoundland screech - A drink tracing its origins to the days when local fishermen traded salt cod for Jamaican rum. The drink was said to take on a special flavor during the long sail north.

Yukon gold - Not the precious metal, but the yellow-skinned potato.

Sources:

 ·Casselman's Canadian Words, Bill Casselman
 ·A Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles, ed. Walter S. Avis
 ·How to Be a Canadian, Will and Ian Ferguson
 ·Dictionary of Newfoundland English, eds. G.M. Story, W.J. Kirwin, J.D.A. Widdowson
 ·Dictionary of Prince Edward Island English, T.K. Pratt
 ·Weird Canadian Words, Edrick Thay

For more on Canadian words, see Bill Casselman's Canadian Word of the Day site.



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