March 23, 2005 2:32 PM | By Adam Roberts | 14 Comments

They Love Me In Canada

Hey! We're the site of the week in The Montreal Gazette! Good news, ay? (Or is "ay" Toronto? I'm alienating my new readers!)

14 Comments

Adam,

How's it going eh? Up in Canada, we don't really say eh all the time, eh? But it seems that way. Actually we say it more often than we think; apparently many Americans use 'huh'. Pretty weird, eh?

Take 'er easy eh?

Tim

actually, i think the more.. hillbilly the place is (sorry alberta), the more eh you'll hear. ok, the smaller the town is, the stronger the accent is. isn't that usually the case? ah whatever.
vancouver loves you too!

I guess they don't know how to properly begin sentences with capital letters in Vaincouver. ;-)

I think 'eh' just happens to work its way into phrasings very subtly - whether someone does or not is individual, but I don't think that it's intentional a lot of times.

I've learned to identify some people as being from New Brunswick if they use the phrases "anywheres", which seems pretty localized to that region. People from the Pubnico area of Nova Scotia tend to pronounce the 'er' in "yesterday" as "ih", giving you "yest-i-day".

The differences between regions can be subtle, but is quite interesting.

P.S. Toronto is the centre of the universe.

P.P.S. Leafs suck, go Sens! (Well, next year, if/when they play again).

It's "eh", but for Montreal you want "ouais" anyhow, ouais?

Vancouver loves you x2, eh.

Let's all me at the Swiss Chalet then go out for a few double-doubles at Timmy's. Still got time to rrrrrrrrrroll up the rrrrrrrrim and win, eh?

;-)

..kind of funny to play Taboo in Scotland with Canadians on your team and get them to say 'chalet' by saying "you go here to get dipping sauce!"

My American cousin spelled "eh" as "ay" too...What's with you Americans...? :)

We'll get you eating a beaver tail sooner or later... Mmmmm beaver. See forth photo down. Yum, eh!

*fourth* even. sorry, eh.

Oh yeah eh.

Being from Nova Scotia (particularly the South Shore) you really get an ear for the maritime accent.

(end of word)er = ah
(end of word)a = ar
th = t or d

Sara took the 4-wheeler to the dealer with the intention of being neither.
=
Sarar took dah fowah wheelah to dah dealah wit dah intention of bein' neitah

Plus Nova Scotia is home to such things as the Donair, Solomon Gundy, Douglas Fir Tree (fancy xmas tree), and the Bluenose

Oh yeah eh.

Being from Nova Scotia (particularly the South Shore) you really get an ear for the maritime accent.

(end of word)er = ah
(end of word)a = ar
th = t or d

Sara took the 4-wheeler to the dealer with the intention of being neither.
=
Sarar took dah fowah wheelah to dah dealah wit dah intention of bein' neitah

Plus Nova Scotia is home to such things as the Donair, Solomon Gundy, Douglas Fir Tree (fancy xmas tree), and the Bluenose

Saskatchewan loves you too.... Woo Saskatchewan!!!

the gazette, eh? congrats! no clue how i found your blog...but keep up the good work :)

Congratulations! Your blog deserves the recognition. I am still reeling at the part about eating puffin, though.

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