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A Canadian Standoff [Pic]

Hits: 10685 | Rating: (2.7) | Category: Funny | Added by: fancylad
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Linkenberger
Male, 18-29, Canada
 1121 Posts
Thursday, November 29, 2012 6:56:28 PM
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.

McGovern1981
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 12716 Posts
Thursday, November 29, 2012 7:03:04 AM
@patchgrabber

Oh ya that is very true I forgot about Quebec. Very clean though probably cause they bring the sweepers out every night.

robthelurker
Male, 18-29, Canada
 1699 Posts
Thursday, November 29, 2012 12:51:22 AM
yeah, we're polite, to a certain degree. just dont ever f*ck with our beer.

FoolsPrussia
Male, 30-39, Western US
 3157 Posts
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 3:49:37 PM
'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.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 21849 Posts
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 3:14:06 PM
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"...

patchgrabber
Male, 30-39, Canada
 5597 Posts
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:30:56 PM
I assure you they Frenchie wannbees in Montreal are not polite.

Montreal isn't that bad from my experience. Quebec City, on the other hand...But that's only really against non-French speakers, iirc.

davymid
Male, 30-39, Europe
 11783 Posts
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 11:26:25 AM
Doiknowyou: I can almost guarantee that you never have or never will hear a Maritimer say "aboot". It just doesn't happen.

Gotta agree. St. John's, Newfoundland here. Been here 2 years now and I've never heard anyone say "aboot" yet...

McGovern1981
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 12716 Posts
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 10:32:30 AM
I assure you they Frenchie wannbees in Montreal are not polite.

Cajun247
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 10113 Posts
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 10:22:07 AM
I've never in my life heard anyone say "a-boot" without saying it as a joke.


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".

QueenZira
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 2137 Posts
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 10:17:55 AM
S#it's about to go down in that room now, huh?


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?

caper454
Female, 70 & Over, Africa
 448 Posts
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 9:52:08 AM
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.

caper454
Female, 70 & Over, Africa
 448 Posts
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 9:42:04 AM
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.

korahn
Male, 18-29, Canada
 982 Posts
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 9:41:37 AM
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).

Doiknowyou
Male, 18-29, Canada
 353 Posts
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 8:52:54 AM
@Cajun: yeah, in the Maritime provinces.

patchgrabber
Male, 30-39, Canada
 5597 Posts
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 8:22:29 AM
@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.

Cajun247
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 10113 Posts
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 8:14:09 AM
@[Canadians]

On a side note, is there really any canadian who pronounces it as "a-boot"?

Mikeoxsbiggg
Male, 30-39, Canada
 956 Posts
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7:36:44 AM
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.

caper454
Female, 70 & Over, Africa
 448 Posts
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7:23:54 AM
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?

Burton_Ian
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 809 Posts
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7:08:55 AM
That's so funny patchgrabber!

patchouly
Male, 40-49, Canada
 4080 Posts
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7:05:09 AM
Worse things in this World than being known as polite.

patchgrabber
Male, 30-39, Canada
 5597 Posts
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 6:50:30 AM
So true. My favourite is this Midas ad though.

fancylad
Male, 30-39, Western US
 2515 Posts
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 6:43:08 AM
Link: A Canadian Standoff [Pic] [Rate Link] - Sort of like a Mexican Standoff, but a lot less exciting.


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