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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY
    HLS811 AKA HOWIE
    YOU'RE THE BEST WANNA BE CANADIAN
    I KNOW... AND A LEO TOO...YOU ROCK!
    I KNOW HOW MUCH YOU LOVE US CANUCKS SO FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY I DID A SEARCH FOR YOU... AND ON YOUR FREE TIME YOU CAN PRACTICE BEING US... SO STUDY THIS ARTICLE WELL...THERE MIGHT BE A QUIZ LATER

    How you can spot a Canadian, eh?
    (OR IN HOWIE'S CASE...BE A CANADIAN)
    -- Don McGillivray (Ottawa columnist for Southam Newspapers)

    How do you tell a Canadian from an American?

    It used to be enough to ask him to say the alphabet. When the Canadian got to the end, he'd say "zed" instead of "zee". But 18 years of Sesame Street have taught a lot of Canadian kids to say "zee," and it's starting to sound as natural as it does south of the 49th parallel.

    Another test used to be the word "lieutenant". Canadians pronounced it in the British was, "leftenant", while Americans say "lootenant". But American cop shows and army shows and movies have eroded that difference,too.

    Canadians have been adopting American spelling as well. They used to put a "u" in words like labour. The main organization in the country, theequivalent of the AFL-CIO, is still officially called the Canadian Labour Congress. But news organizations have been wiping out that distinction by adopting American spelling, mostly to make it easier to use news copy from such agencies as Associated Press without a lot of changes. So it's "Canadian Labor Congress" when the Canadian Press, the national news agency, writes about it.

    Some pronunciations, considered true tests of Canadians, are not as reliable as they're thought. Take the word "house" for example. When some Canadians say it, it sounds very Scottish in American ears. Visiting Americans trying to reproduce what they hear usually give the Canadian pronunciation as "hoose".

    The same for "out" and "about". The way some Canadians say them sounds like "oot" and "aboot" to many Americans. And when an American says "house" to a Canadian, the Canadian often hears a bit of an "ay" in it, something like "hayouse".

    But pronunciation isn't a good test because people from different parts of Canada speak differently. A resident of the Western province of Alberta, where there has been a considerable inflow of settlers from the United States, may sound like a Montanan or a Dakotan.

    Then there's the ubiquitous Canadian expression "eh?" - pronounced "ay?" This is a better test because many Canadians tack it on to the end ofevery assertion to turn it into a question.

    An American will say, "Hot day!" A Canadian will say, "Hot day, eh?" meaning "It's a hot day, isn't it?"

    This is something deeper than spelling or pronunciation. It goes to the heart of the less-assertive Canadian character. The United States was born when Americans revolted against King George III and asserted their independence. Canada never came to a similar point of self-assertion and that little word "eh?" is their refusal even to assert that it's a hot day without inviting somebody else to verify it.

    One definition of a Canadian is "a North American who refuses to join the revolution".

    Another way to tell the difference between a Canadian and an American is to invite the suspected Canuck to lunch and watch him eat. If he's really upper crust, he'll eat like an Englishman, with knife and fork held firmly in his right and left hands. He'll cut with his knife, pack the results on the back of his fork and convey the food to his mouth with the fork still in this left hand.

    Many an American eats with knife and fork, too, but in a different way. He takes the knife in his right hand and the fork in his left to cut up the food. Then he puts the knife down and takes the fork in the right hand to convey the food to his mouth.

    A common garden-variety Canadian does the job differently. He doesn't use his knife at all, except for particularly stubborn steaks and other such tough foods. Instead he takes the fork in his right hand and leaves the knife beside his plate. Then he cuts the food with the edge of the fork and feeds himself with the fork held in the same hand.

    But suppose all these tests are inconclusive. There's one more, rather dangerous, way to tell a Canadian from an American. Just remark to the suspect that Canadians and Americans are so much alike that it's hard to tell one from the other. If the person involved is an American, he'll probably agree.

    But if he's a Canadian he'll let you know, in no uncertain terms, that you're wrong. And that stubborn sense of difference is one main reason why the two countries, despite similarities, remain separate.

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY HLS! If you really want to be a candadian, I'll get you a touque for your present.
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    Uh.. synik... you spelled Canadian and tuque wrong

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    only a canadian would have posted that, my fellow AMERICANS would have just fixed it for me.
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    Re: Happy Birthday...

    Quote Originally Posted by synik103
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY HLS! If you really want to be a Canadian, I'll get you a tuque for your present.
    There you go... all fixed for you... by a CANADIAN lol

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    Happy birthday Howie!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tashacash
    There you go... all fixed for you... by a CANADIAN lol
    i USED to like you!

    you're so fixin to lose your spot at the cool kid's table.
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    Quote Originally Posted by synik103
    i USED to like you!

    you're so fixin to lose your spot at the cool kid's table.
    :cry:...

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    rotten clocks!
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    Thats awesome... I think this is just aboot the nicest forum birthday wish ever, eh? (I'm getting the hang of it!)

    You rock Tasha! Thanks


    Just cause of you I'm hoping for a Rangers and Senators Eastern Conference Finals next year!

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    trator

    *soup nazi voice, again" no tuques for you, TWO YEARS!
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    lol@synik, and tasha, don't worry about synik, he is just jealous of your canadian ways hey love the pic of you tasha *whistles*
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    et tu brute?
    et tu?
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    LOL what does that mean synik?
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    et tu brute?

    when brutus and the others conspired to kill caesar, everyone had to stab caesar to show they were all in agreement. brutus was caesars best friend, so when caesar lay dieing, and brutus held him to take his stab, caesar said "et tu brute?" meaning You too brutus? as in, "damn homey, i thought we was bros!"
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