| More than one long joke
about "Oot and aboot," this book details how those in Canada speak more than
just English or French. We have a vocabularyand a number of
dialectsall our own. So, sit on the chesterfield with a box of timbits
and read this tongue-in-cheek take on Canada's unofficial language.
Geordie Telfer is a writer, actor, radio performer and artist
in Toronto, Ontario. As a child, he practiced flying by leaping onto a beanbag
chair, and his dream job was to become Batman. Unfortunately, neither ambition
turned out, but his passion for adventure remains. Geordie has been the
assistant director for the Toronto Studio Players Theatre School, a freelance
set carpenter, and a web and television writer. He worked extensively on
deafplanet.com, the first TV show and website in American Sign Language, and
has written several nature documentaries.
- airsome: Cold, fresh or bracing weather, especially in
Newfoundland. "Tis an airsome day this mornin'."
- calibogus: A Newfie concoction intending for drinking,
made from spruce beer, rum and molasses.
- double double: When ordering coffee, to ask for two
creams and two sugars. "One small black coffee, two medium regular and one
large double double." In recent years this has become a famous Canadianism and
has even been added to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.
- porch climber: In BC, cheap red wine available during
the fledgling days of the province's wine industry.
- two-four: A case of beer containing 24 bottles or
- up at crow piss: On PEI, a euphemism for getting up
- And so much more!