Canadianisms That Polliwog May (Or May Not) Know
Polliwog is a Canadian by birth but only occasionally visits her former homeland so her knowledge of common “Canadianisms” may be a bit rusty. Sure, she can handle, “Eh” and “hoser” with ease but how about some other expressions native to our neighbors to the north.
Here are a few selected “Canadianisms” gathered by “The Week”.
Loonie—”One dollar coin.”
Toonie—”Two dollar coin.”
Hogtown—A nickname for Toronto which some say harkens back to its role in the meat-packing industry, but which the dictionary says is “so called because outsiders accuse Torontonians of taking everything unto themselves.”
Moose milk–Northern slang for moonshine, it has also come to refer to mixed drinks based on rum and milk.
Poutine–Quebecois specialty. French fries covered in cheese curds and gravy.
Two-four—A package containing twenty-four bottles of beer.
Hydro–Hydro-electric power. Canadians still talk about dealing with their “hydro bill.”