Map of Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
No matter where you travel to, you will find the differences between home and where you visit. Canada has its own style. Because we are neighbours, we are sometimes put in the same “box” as the United States. But even though we are all in North America, we certainly differ in a few ways. What am I rambling on about?
Well, there’s the grammar. We are more like the British, finishing “or” words as “our”. For example, “neighbour” and “colour”. There’s the check / cheque, and centre / center.
There’s also different pronunciation. For instance, we pronounce “roof” as in “oof”, the Americans pronounce it as “rough”.
There’s food and drink differences too. I’ve yet to taste New York’s pretzels with mustard; and I would guess not too many Americans are familiar with Poutines or Beaver Tails. Lay’s potato chips join in the difference: Flavours only available in Canada are Ketchup, Baked creamy dill, Dill pickle, Smokey bacon, Sea salt and pepper, Old-fashioned ketchup. They also only sell Roasted Chicken and Fries ‘n gravy (only in western Canada), and Old-fashioned barbecue (only in western Canada).
I remember that on my last trip to the United States, I asked for vinegar for my fries (a given here in Canada) and not only did I get a funny look, but the best they could offer was cider — not the same. Other treats that are hard to find elsewhere? Crispy Crunch, Coffee Crisp, Mr. Big, Wunderbar, and Bounty chocolate bars.
Then there’s a difference in Pop /Soda drinks: We use sugar, where the Americans use corn syrup. Believe me, that makes a big difference!
I’m sure you can find other differences as well … Let me know what you think. And if you also know of differences with other countries, let us know.
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