Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians! It's also my (and my mom's!) birthday, so we've been celebrating all day!
In honour of this special day, I have thought of 10 different things that you simply MUST know about Canadians. And here they are:
1. Let's get this one out of the way: we do NOT say "a-boot"! I don't know how this vicious rumour got started...but we don't!
2. We DO say "eh". A lot.
3. We like to stick u's in words like "colour" and "honour", and pronounce other words in completely nonsensical ways (one weird example: "lieutenant" becomes "Left-tenant" when you're in Canada)
4. We are extremely proud of our hockey heritage.
5. We are even prouder of our beer. (I don't even like beer, but don't your dare insult it!)
6. Every so often, politicians in a certain area will try to cull the local beaver population - and are met with a public revolt. The public wins. Yup, we love those pesky rodents.
7. More of us watched the 2008 US election than typically watch our own elections, because our politics bore us...and most of us know the words to the US national anthem...or at least pretend to...
8. Many of us don't know anyone who owns a gun
9. We complain about our year-long maternity leave, because gosh darn it, we want even more! And we have no idea how other countries who get less time do it!
10. We honestly believe that there is only way REAL way to make a poutine: fresh cut fries, cheese curds, and homemade gravy. And that "Canadian bacon" you Americans eat? It's nothing like what we eat here.
Hope you've enjoyed learning a little bit about my Canadian heritage!