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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