"The overexaggeration of Canadian language" Canada Local Custom Tip by Carmanah

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What am I talking aboot, eh?

I'm not sure how Canadians got stuck with the dopiest of language stereotypes, but it has managed to leave a strong impression on the world. As a result, many people expect to hear every Canadian pronouncing about as "aboot" while finishing every sentence with "eh".

This is really just an overexaggeration, as well as a stereotype. And the scary thing about this is that people around the world have actually bought into this idea of Canadian speech... and this is where the myth of Canadian languages begin.

"Eh". The word "eh", although considered to be a very Canadian thing to say, isn't spoken by everyone, nor is it spoken all the time. In other words, you don't hear "eh" in Canada any more than you hear "g'day" in Australia, "y'all" in the USA, or "cheerio" in England.

"Eh" is a word that is predominantly used in rural communities and small towns over large cities. If you meet a Canadian who says "eh" a lot, they likely grew up somewhere outside of a large city.

There are also certain regions in Canada where "eh" is spoken a lot more. Rural Ontario comes to mind, and I almost believe this is where the word originated from.

The same goes for "aboot".

In fact, "aboot" is just an overexaggeration. No Canadian actually pronounces the word that way... (unless they were born in Scotland!) However, I find that people from Ontario have a habit of pronouncing the word "about" like "a-boat". Meanwhile, I find that Americans with thick accents pronounce the word with an extra syllable, like "a-BAY-out". Canadians don't add in this extra syllable... but it's certainly not pronounced "a-boot". However, Canadians have caught onto the fact that this is their stereotype, so they'll jokingly make references to "aboot" and "eh", even if it's not how the actually speak.

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  • Updated Oct 25, 2005
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