A Canadian Standoff [Pic]

Submitted by: fancylad 4 years ago Funny

Sort of like a Mexican Standoff, but a lot less exciting.
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Male 1,164
Everywhere in Quebec other than Montreal is full of people who will string you up like a bagel if you don`t speak french.

Other than that we`re all just pleased as punch to be mentioned by you famous `Murican folk.
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Male 14,330
@patchgrabber

Oh ya that is very true I forgot about Quebec. Very clean though probably cause they bring the sweepers out every night.
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Male 3,407
yeah, we`re polite, to a certain degree. just dont ever f*ck with our beer.
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Male 3,445
`Many Canadians, particularly in Ontario, do pronounce it like "a-boat" but I`ve never in my life heard anyone say "a-boot" without saying it as a joke.`

My guess is that it started with "a-boat," which is pretty common from my experience, and somewhere along the lines, Americans changed the joke to "aboot," in some sort of cultural game of telephone.
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Male 36,400
I knew a Newfoundlander who`d say "aboot" now and then. Usually if he was excited about something and talking really fast... it would kinda slip out.

@patchouly is correct: There`s worse things than being know throughout the world as "really polite"...
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Male 5,811
[quote]I assure you they Frenchie wannbees in Montreal are not polite.[/quote]
Montreal isn`t that bad from my experience. Quebec City, on the other hand...But that`s only really against non-French speakers, iirc.
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Male 12,138
[quote]Doiknowyou: I can almost guarantee that you never have or never will hear a Maritimer say "aboot". It just doesn`t happen.[/quote]
Gotta agree. St. John`s, Newfoundland here. Been here 2 years now and I`ve never heard anyone say "aboot" yet...
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Male 14,330
I assure you they Frenchie wannbees in Montreal are not polite.
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Male 10,845
[quote]I`ve never in my life heard anyone say "a-boot" without saying it as a joke.[/quote]

Never thought I`d touch off a conversation, but that`s kind of what I thought. Two reasons why I asked:
1)Stereotypes are either funny or malicious, that`s why I like to challenge them.
2)Many of our "American" movies and TV series have Canadian actors <gasp> and I`ve never heard them pronounce it like that.
Star Trek (Shatner) and Stargate in particular have Canadian actors.
Then there`s Justin Bieber which many really young Americans go goo-goo for. Then again maybe his voice wouldn`t be as appealing if he did say "a-boot".
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Female 2,228
S#it`s about to go down in that room now, huh? :-P


Caper, we see you as polite because you`ve been such gosh darned good neighbors for most of our history. Except for that one little spat in 1812, which everyone just sort of forgave and forgot.

Just food for thought but, some American accents can sometimes sound mean even when there`s no malice behind them. Case in point, Boston accents. Now I`ll be the first to admit, I love the way those people sound by and large, but once I got off a bus in Boston and thought the driver was chewing me out when he was actually just bidding me a polite goodbye. Maybe that goes some way in answering your query? :-)
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Female 511
In regards to "a-boot"...

I used to do tech support for American customers and they quite often remarked at how I spoke "perfect American". I always made a point of trying to weave the word "aboot" into the conversation at that point. Reinforcing a ridiculous stereotype always made their day.

Many Canadians, particularly in Ontario, do pronounce it like "a-boat" but I`ve never in my life heard anyone say "a-boot" without saying it as a joke.

Doiknowyou: I can almost guarantee that you never have or never will hear a Maritimer say "aboot". It just doesn`t happen. I think our accents just confuse people like you.
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Female 511
patchgrabber: I live in Nova Scotia but have also lived in Ontario and Alberta for extended periods. So I know of what I speak. Yes, we are polite if you look at it in the proper context. Is the average Canadian more polite than the average New Jerseyite? Probably. But that doesn`t say much.

PS - I apologize if "Jerseyite" isn`t a real word.
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Male 1,417
Actually, Doiknowyou, I find a LOT of Canadians pronounce it "a-boot." It`s not easily distinguishable, but it`s definitely not as clear as some would say about (which is funny, because we Canucks love our "u`s" in words :) REALLY noticable in those CrimeStoppers commercials, lol.
Caper must be in the bigger cities (Toronto, Edmonton for example).
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Male 1,102
@Cajun: yeah, in the Maritime provinces.
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Male 5,811
@cajun: I believe there are, although it wouldn`t likely be as clear as that, probably some mumbled mix of the two.

@caper454: Where in Canada do you live? Sure some can be jerks, but overall I`d say the stereotype is accurate.
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Male 10,845
@[Canadians]

On a side note, is there really any canadian who pronounces it as "a-boot"?
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Male 1,497
If you want to see unpolite Canadaians, it`s simple.
Just ask how they feel about the government.
I`m sure Patch knows what I mean.
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Female 511
I think the fact that most Americans view Canadians as incredibly polite says a lot about America. I`m a Canadian and I`ve lived my entire life in Canada. Canadians are most definitely NOT excessively polite. Canadians can be some of the biggest jerks you`ll ever have the misfortune of meeting. How bad are things in the US if you people see us as overly polite?
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Male 815
That`s so funny patchgrabber!
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Male 4,746
Worse things in this World than being known as polite.
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Male 5,811
So true. My favourite is this Midas ad though.
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Male 19,842
Link: A Canadian Standoff [Pic] [Rate Link] - Sort of like a Mexican Standoff, but a lot less exciting.
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