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Old Jul 25, 2009, 01:36 AM   #251
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Canadian accents are sexy. Actually, any accent is sexy.
How about when it sounds like we have marbles in our mouths?
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Old Jul 25, 2009, 08:57 AM   #252
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There's actually a city workers strike going on in Toronto right now, which includes garbage pick up. The first week after the strike started things were fairly appalling, but now that we're a month in it seems the communities have stepped up and gotten things looking tidy again. There are still some public trash cans that are a disgrace, but I'm actually kind of impressed with how quickly different areas came together to handle the strike.
I was impressed too. I noticed that many of the garbage bins in the area were full and overflowing, and a few areas near the garbage dumps reeked to high hell, but overall, the city was still cleaner than other American cities I've been in that weren't dealing with any strike.
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Old Jul 25, 2009, 09:09 AM   #253
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sorry but when i think Canada, i think south park
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Old Jul 25, 2009, 10:00 AM   #254
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the only thing wrong with Canadians is how much they dislike Americans because of their preconceived notions about us. that's all
Actually, I don't Canadians dislike 'Americans' - its that we often (not always) dislike government policies. Often the US (and various) state governments enact a law that is intended to to address an issue, but with no thought given to unintended consequences that often affect Canada.

The US - Canada relationship used to be a nearly unique one. Now, we are seeing ourselves being delegated to the same status as the rest of world.
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Old Jul 25, 2009, 10:08 AM   #255
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Well, technically it was the British, Canada didn't really exist as a country until 1871.
Yes, but using what they called "Canadians" (colonists) as part of the militia.
[QUOTE]Incidentally, my gr gr gr gr grandfather and his brother who lived in Markham, mostly sat around and got drunk during the War. They were supposed to be guarding the fort in Toronto... Perhaps it was their drunkenness that allowed the Americans to burn the fort. The British retaliated by setting fire to the White House.

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Someone who knows their geography! I agree with you, and live west of Richmond. Not far from the community that has more retired meteorologists than anywhere else in Canada.
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Old Jul 25, 2009, 10:08 AM   #256
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How about when it sounds like we have marbles in our mouths?
All I can say is this- I went to visit Iscariot in Toronto in February. One night I was walking home smoking. A very cute guy stopped and says, "Got anuther smook, eh?" I said, "OMG, yes. That was so adorable. Can you say something else?" He laughed, and I said I was just kidding, but really I wasn't.
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Old Jul 25, 2009, 12:18 PM   #257
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All I can say is this- I went to visit Iscariot in Toronto in February. One night I was walking home smoking. A very cute guy stopped and says, "Got anuther smook, eh?" I said, "OMG, yes. That was so adorable. Can you say something else?" He laughed, and I said I was just kidding, but really I wasn't.
Hahaha! I love Canadians! The one time I actually visited Canada, it was in the Calgary area. Absolutely beautiful. I would love to go back, with my Nikon this time.
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Old Jul 25, 2009, 12:42 PM   #258
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I've only ever been to Toronto, but everyone was very nice to us when we were there.

I have a good friend that's from Calgary, but he moved here (Idaho) about four years ago. I think he's gonna go back though.

Overall I think Canadians are wonderful people.

French-Canadians are a different story. I've met quite a few French-Canadians and I can only think of two that were nice. The rest were arrogant bastards.
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Old Jul 25, 2009, 12:44 PM   #259
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The US - Canada relationship used to be a nearly unique one. Now, we are seeing ourselves being delegated to the same status as the rest of world.
Yeah, as an American, this makes me sad that our politicians took it that direction.
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Old Jul 25, 2009, 11:46 PM   #260
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I've always looked at Canada as sort of an Extention of the US, but northward. Almost like a neat giant vacation spot. I guess its because I've met so many fluent English speakers, who have similar accents to what I often hear. (I live in the New England)

It might be taken as condescending or even insulting to say I think of Canada as almost more of America, but I suppose that's a good thing? In other words, Canada is very neighborly!
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Old Jul 25, 2009, 11:47 PM   #261
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meh. just neighbors. not really any opinion. say some words weirdly.
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Old Jul 25, 2009, 11:48 PM   #262
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That Canadians are all afraid of the dark.
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Old Jul 26, 2009, 12:36 AM   #263
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It might be taken as condescending or even insulting to say I think of Canada as almost more of America, but I suppose that's a good thing? In other words, Canada is very neighborly!
I dunno about that.....I think some people think of it as an extension of America as it's close by, the culture is similar to ours and the language is the same (in the English speaking parts at least), but Canada is unique enough in its own way that I don't consider it a 51st state. Whether it's the little things like the slight accents or the fact that speed limits are in km/h, or the big things such as the different form of government and different sets of laws, or the wide range of ethnicities and nationalities that you don't see in a lot of the US, I most definitely did not feel like I was in "more of America" when I was in Toronto.
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Old Jul 26, 2009, 12:54 AM   #264
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the wide range of ethnicities and nationalities that you don't see in a lot of the US, I most definitely did not feel like I was in "more of America" when I was in Toronto.
I wonder if that's because of where you are from in the US? I live near NYC and melting pot has never been an issue here all my life.
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Old Jul 27, 2009, 12:31 AM   #265
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Someone who knows their geography! I agree with you, and live west of Richmond. Not far from the community that has more retired meteorologists than anywhere else in Canada.
About ten years ago I spent an incredible weekend on Salt Spring. It's a great place.
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All I can say is this- I went to visit Iscariot in Toronto in February. One night I was walking home smoking. A very cute guy stopped and says, "Got anuther smook, eh?" I said, "OMG, yes. That was so adorable. Can you say something else?" He laughed, and I said I was just kidding, but really I wasn't.


I live in Alberta and I've never met a single Canadian that speaks like you keep saying they do. The only real accent I've noticed is that we speak more melodically. And we say roof, not... ruhff.


Here's a little MP3 of me saying the words and how I... think you guys think we say it?

http://drop.io/plasticity/asset/no-accent-mp3
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Old Jul 27, 2009, 10:49 AM   #267
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To be honest, I hardly know anything about Canada. Granted, I live a long ways from there and you don't find too many Canadians in Texas.

But in reality, why would I have any problem with a nation if they haven't wished any harm on me or my countrymen...particularly if they have been a good, peaceful neighbor?

Mexico is another story...
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Old Jul 27, 2009, 10:50 AM   #268
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Old Jul 27, 2009, 11:09 AM   #269
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I live in Alberta and I've never met a single Canadian that speaks like you keep saying they do. The only real accent I've noticed is that we speak more melodically. And we say roof, not... ruhff.


Here's a little MP3 of me saying the words and how I... think you guys think we say it?

http://drop.io/plasticity/asset/no-accent-mp3
Well apparently, it's different across your country. Everybody had that accent to some degree in Toronto, even Iscariot. His wasn't that heavy though.
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Well apparently, it's different across your country. Everybody had that accent to some degree in Toronto, even Iscariot. His wasn't that heavy though.
Not trying to burst your bubble because I know how adorable you think the accent is...... but I'm from Toronto and lived there most of my life, and I most certainly don't have the accent that you described in your above post (#256).
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All I can say is this- I went to visit Iscariot in Toronto in February. One night I was walking home smoking. A very cute guy stopped and says, "Got anuther smook, eh?" I said, "OMG, yes. That was so adorable. Can you say something else?" He laughed, and I said I was just kidding, but really I wasn't.
Canadian guys still use that line?

If I was walking home at night and a guy stopped me and asked for a light or cigarette I'd certainly know what he's looking for.
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Not trying to burst your bubble because I know how adorable you think the accent is...... but I'm from Toronto and lived there most of my life, and I most certainly don't have the accent that you described in your above post (#256).
But you can't deny that a lot of people do have it in Toronto.

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Canadian guys still use that line?

If I was walking home at night and a guy stopped me and asked for a light or cigarette I'd certainly know what he's looking for.
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I've only been to Hong-Kouver* (asian part of Vancouver), Richmond, and Victoria. Most everyone I've met has been really nice. Although . . . there was the time someone stole my friend's antennae ball that came from Jack in the Box. Oh, and can't forget the time we were mooned by a bunch of pasty, frat boys (do they have dumb frat boys in Canada?). I do have to say that the ass of the mooner was rather flabby and could've used some shaping up.
Of course, I have to say that I want national health care in my country. So, yes, I think Canada's great.

*I know of two Vancouvers. One is in BC, the other is in the state of WA. One is a cosmopolitan city. The other . . . well, let's just say I had no idea that rednecks existed out of the south.
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But you can't deny that a lot of people do have it in Toronto.
As thick as you're describing? I don't think so. It's more of a rural accent than a big city accent. Maybe you bumped into a lot of rural transplants while you were there.
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