We are getting closer and closer to our big 150th Birthday celebration for Canada.
I’ve been thinking about this rather large rocky tree covered country of ours…and what it really means to be Canadian. I can spew off a lot of different things that make us Canadian: Mounties, Becker’s Milk, Beavers and Moose, Tim Horton’s, metric system (although that’s Canada and all of Europe) oout and aboout and the word eh.
According to a recent CBC story, those two letters e h, probably best define us as Canadian. Do you use it in your every day conversation? I certainly do. I remember when I moved to Newfoundland, I was asked, right away, what part of the main land you from? Linguistics experts first found records of the use of the word way before Confedeartion-150 years ago.
It wasn’t probably till the 1980’s and the McKenzie Brothers that our fondness for the word really came to light.
The word eh and how we use is called a confirmational. It’s when we tack on a word at the end of sentence to confirm it is true. We’re not the only country to use it. Countries like East Asia, Africa and even the United States use similar words. In the U.S. is huh. Oh you have a new pet beaver, huh?
The full CBC story is here but don’t feel bad if you use the word eh. It just means you are 100% Canadian! (now can I order a double double)