In honour of Canada Day – one my personal favourite holidays – Kat’s Confessions is hosting The Great 2012 Canadian Blog Bash! Being a proud Canuck, I had to participate, no matter how many boxes I had to trip over to get to the computer.
Over at Kol’s Notes, Kolchak brought up a lot of the common myths about the Canadian culture. I thought I would provide a little elaboration for some who may still be undecided on the whole “aboot” versus “about” debate.
Myth #1: Canadians have a unique culture*
False. Canadians have no culture. If you are to ask a Canadian how he or she would define what it means to be Canadian, you would probably hear something along the lines of “not American.” Canadians find it easier to say what they are not as opposed to what they are.
Myth #2: All Canadians are nice
False. Canadians really aren’t that nice. In fact, we can be downright cruel. We just don’t like confrontation. Unless we’re on a hockey rink, we are a nation of cowards. Trust me, that Canadian who is smiling and providing you with directions to the nearest Starbucks will probably roll their eyes at you behind your back. Especially if you are American.**
Myth #3: Canadians enjoy free health care
False. It’s actually not that free. Sure, we don’t have to pay for a check-up at the GP but we do have to pay for the drugs the GP prescribes. In Canada these drugs are usually a lot more expensive than in the United States. Dental is also not covered, nor are many other medical services the government deems “experimental” or “excessive.” When I lived in Alberta I even had to pay health care subsidies to the provincial government, whether I used the services or not. Fortunately, I do believe these are no longer charged in that province.
Myth #4: Canadians say aboot instead of about
False. Every Canadian I know pronounces the word “abowt”. However I do say “root” and not “rowt” and I do use the word “eh” fairly liberally. But this is in no way reflective of the entire populace. Unless you are in Newfoundland. Who knows what they say up there.
Myth #5: Canadians live in igloos
False. Though I kind of wish this one was true. I’ve never even seen an igloo except on television. They look kind of pretty. Of course, I doubt they have Internet access so that would be a downside. Also, I have never ridden on a dog sled, though I have seen sled dogs.
Myth #6: Canadian beer is awesome
True. In fact, I think I’ll go enjoy one right now.
Happy Canada Day!
*With the exception of French Canadians. They have culture steaming from their pores. It’s just we Anglophones who have no idea who we are.
**Naturally, I am just joking. Of course we don’t make fun of Americans! It wouldn’t be smart to agitate our gun-toting southern neighbours now, would it?