Quiz: Can You Figure Out These Canadian Idioms?
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Can You Figure Out These Canadian Idioms?
By: Becky Stigall
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About This Quiz

From American cheese to Canadian bacon, things are different in Canada than they are in the United States. How many of these Canadian idioms can you identify, eh?

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What word do Canadians use to refer to one of their own?

Canuck is more often used to refer to a French Canadian. It may sometimes be used as an insult.

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What word might Canadians use to refer to distance?

A click or klick is a kilometer to the Canadians.

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What term is Canadian for loser?

Hosers are typically considered unintelligent and uncouth.

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What might a Canadian call you if you're the teacher's pet?

Although the term can be applied to anyone who is enthusiastic, it is most often used to describe a student.

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What term might a Canadian use to describe a physical struggle?

This term is also used by the British to describe a commotion.

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What might you have if you're a beer drinker in Canada?

A Molson muscle is a beer belly.

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What might a Canadian say if they mean definitely?

In the American south, they might say "fer sure."

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A Canadian might drink what at a party?

A mickey is a small bottle of alcohol, about 0.375 liter capacity, that can fit into a pocket.

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A case of beer might be known as what in Canada?

A case of 24 cans of beer might be called a two-four in Canada. Get it? 2-4?

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What might a Canadian call Canadian bacon?

Hmm, the Canadians don't call Canadian bacon Canadian? Weird.

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Need a little cream in your coffee? What might Canadians call it?

Canadians call cream or powdered non-dairy creamer "whitener," because it lightens the color of the coffee.

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Canadians call American cheese _________ cheese?

Americans must call it American to avoid calling it processed.

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Whole wheat bread to a Canadian is what?

Canadians call whole wheat bread "brown bread." It is, after all, brown.

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Canadian's don't take a test, they _____ a test.

Actually, Americans are one of the few nations that "take" a test. Most countries write or sit a test.

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To a Canadian, a grade is a ____.
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B
C

Canadians mark a test and receive a mark. Is that at all confusing?

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To Canadians, a substitute teacher is a _____ teacher.

Hope they have a good supply if there's a strike!

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Canadian's don't pronounce the letter "Z" like Americans do. Canadians say what?

Canadians, and many other countries, say "zed" instead of "zee."

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Canadians might curl up on a ____________ on a cold winter night.

Canadians refer to couches and sofas as chesterfields.

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When done eating, Canadians ask for what at a restaurant?

Canadians say "bill"; Americans say "check.'

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Canadians might use what to bundle a pile of mail together?

Whereas an American might use a rubber band, a Canadian would use an elastic.

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To turn on the lights, a Canadian would need to have power. That power would be called what?

Canadians call the electricity that is supplied "hydro." It's short for hydroelectric.

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If you are a Canadian at a barbecue and you get a little sauce on your chin, what might you use to sop it up?

We don't know what cave you live in, but we would use a serviette, which we call a napkin here in the U.S.

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Canadians get water from the ___.

Tap means spigot or faucet. It sounds a lot better than saying, "I'll have a glass of spigot water."

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While drinking one's cup of morning Joe, a Canadian might sit out on his what?

A Muskoka chair is an Adirondack chair. The company that manufactures them is located in Canada.

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What pastry do the Canadians find yummy?

Beavertail is a fried pastry that is shaped like a beaver's tail.

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What delicious concoction do Canadians make with french fries?

Add cheese curds and gravy to fries, and you've got poutine.

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Desert in Canada might consist of what?

A Nanaimo bar, named after a city on Vancouver Island, is chocolate, brownie and icing.

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Police are called what in Canada?

A Mountie is an officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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Canadians have a coin they call what?

A toonie, or a twoonie, is a two-dollar coin.

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A Canadian might wear what to keep his head warm?

A toque, or tuque, is a woolen hat. The word has French origins.

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If a Canadian were in Calgary, where might he say he is?

Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is sometimes referred to as Cowtown by both citizens and non-citizens of the city.

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A Canadian might order which of the following at Starbucks?

A double-double is a cup of coffee with two sugars and two creams. They might, however, place this order at Tim Hortons.

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A Canadian might put what on his feet before going out for a jog?

Runners, tennis shoes, sneakers... they're all the same, right?

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If a Canadian bought something on clearance, he might say he got a what?

Skookum means "great" in Canadian-ese.

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Canadians might eat what for breakfast?

Well, they certainly don't eat grass, sand or dirt, silly!

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