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Speaking Canadian: Tips from Canada’s adventure couple

Submitted by on July 3, 2009 – 8:23 amOne Comment

TimHortonsAvid trav­el­ers Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil bill them­selves as Canada’s adven­ture cou­ple. They recent­ly took time out from their adven­tures to blog about unique Canadian words and phrases. 

Have you heard of the Double Double? Here’s their explanation:

I am going to Timmies to grab a box of tim­bits and a large Double Double.”

That is what you say when leave the house to order an assort­ment of tasty dough­nut cen­tres and an over­sized cup of cof­fee with 2 creams and 2 sug­ars at Tim Horton Doughnuts. Yummy.

And how about the 2 – 4?

This is our phrase we use when we go to buy beer: “I am going to get a 2 – 4 of Canadian at the Beer Store.”

Yes, we buy our beer at the Beer store in Canada and a box of 24 beers is sim­ply short­ened to the words “two four.”

Read their list of 10 unique Canadian words and phas­es here. For even more Canadiana, pick up a copy of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

Photo ©Carolyn B. Heller

One Comment »

  • Austin says:


    oth­ers say Robe

    Jesus Murphey- we all say it.. “look ma, the neigh­bors walk­ing around in his under­wear” “Jesus Murphey!”

    mick­ey, bot­tle of liquor (13oz)


    Take Off” instead of “Get Lost”.

    chester­field: a sofa or couch

    fire hall: fire station