Tag Archives: Canada

What is a tuque?

Can you believe that it’s the end of April, and it’s snowing at our cottage in northern Ontario? Canada is a country known for its long, frigid winters… it makes sense that there would be special Canadian terms for winter gear that aren’t often heard elsewhere in the world! Tuque [Audio clip: view full post […]

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What is a chesterfield?

Have a seat on the couch, and we’ll talk about a term used in Canadian English: chesterfield. Chesterfield [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Example: While watching a sitcom on TV, I laughed so hard, I fell off the chesterfield! Meaning: Chesterfield is a term that I heard frequently growing up in Canada. In […]

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What does it mean to deke someone out?

My English language vocabulary lesson for today is the word deke. This term originates from Canada, and has its origins in the sport of ice hockey. Deke [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Example: During the hockey game, I made it appear that I was going to take the puck left up the ice, […]

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What is a keener?

For today’s vocabulary I’d like to take you back to the classrooms of the Canadian schools of my youth, and introduce to you the terms keener and slacker. Keener [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Example: Bert sat in the front row and kept raising his hand to answer all the teacher’s questions. He […]

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