Canadian Slang and Phrases Americans Just Don’t Understand

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26. Double-double

While Tim Hortons is making a strong push into the U.S. — though not always with great success — the doughnut and coffee chain couldn’t be more popular in Canada. And when Canadians order a double-double coffee at Tim’s, it comes with two creams and two sugars.

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27. Nanaimo bar

This iconic no-bake coconutty, custardy, chocolatey dessert has its origins in Nanaimo, British Columbia. The Vancouver Island city website has a recipe for the ultimate Nanaimo bar.

Other uniquely Canadian foods include donair (spiced meat in pita invented in Halifax), poutine (fries smothered in cheese curds and gravy), and tourtiere (French-Canadian meat pie).

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28. Runners

You might think of runners as a type of narrow tablecloth running down the middle of a table, but in Canada runners usually refers to any athletic footwear, such a sneakers or tennis shoes.

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29. College

“College” in Canada generally refers to a two-year school with a specific focus, such as vocational, technical, or pre-collegiate education, that rarely offers a bachelor’s degree. University in Canada refers to schools that award bachelor’s degrees or higher.

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30. Freezies

It’s not an endless winter in Canada, and when it gets hot in summer, kids (and many adults) enjoy freezies — frozen flavoured sugar water that comes in a tube.