Shawn Mendes talks about Canadian slang and gives examples during a video with Vanity Fair (see full video below), in which he describes words and sayings he grew up with in Pickering, Ontario. Read them and see if you’re familiar with any of these phrases!
First off, he talks about a “mickey,” which in Canada means a 375 ml bottle of liquor, as opposed to “Two-Six,” which refers to the 750 ml (or 26 ounce) bottle. In the U.S., mickey is slang for a date rape drug.
He explains that a “snowbird” is someone who goes to Florida for the winter; a “loafter” is someone who takes their time when you’re waiting for them to do something because they’re “loafting” around; and “beauty,” which means that someone’s a good person.
He also reveals that his friends never say “What’s up,” instead asking each other, “What are you saying?” or even “What you saying,” which means “What’s going on, What are you doing?”
“That’s jokes” means “That’s funny,” a “toque” is a winter hat known as a beanie in the U.S., and “darts” are cigarettes, which Shawn calls “gross.”
The expression “bare” means “a lot,” and he gives the example of a friend asking if there’s enough food and he says, “Yeah, we got bare food.”
Shawn reveals that when he asked where the washroom was while he was in America, he just got confused looks, because it’s referred to as the bathroom in the States (even when it’s a public restroom that doesn’t have a bath).
He adds, “I love being Canadian. I love these words that we use.”
Which of these words do you use? Are any of these new to you? Tell us below in the comments! ~Alexandra Heilbron
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