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(Huffington Post Canada)   Words you need to know to get by on the prairies: 'Kitty-corner,' 'bunnyhug,' 'Where is the nearest airport that can fly me back to civilization'   (huffingtonpost.ca) divider line 149
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2013-10-28 12:23:56 PM
Gingham.
 
2013-10-28 12:25:15 PM
Semprini.
 
2013-10-28 12:25:22 PM

FUBAR
The movie FUBAR, which was shot in Calgary, made this military slang popular with the masses. Generally accepted to mean "f**ked up beyond all recognition/repair/reason."


Yeah, North America needed a movie from Calgary to bring FUBAR to the populace. o_O
 
2013-10-28 12:25:51 PM
If she thinks that's bad, y'all should visit the south.
 
2013-10-28 12:27:51 PM
One of my old managers came from ohio and said catty-corner.  What was more amazing/perplexing to me was that he had never heard of or had an Italian Beef sandwich until he moved here. What kind of hell is Ohio that they don't have Italian Beef?
 
2013-10-28 12:28:08 PM
Wait a second, Canada has a prairie?? When I think of prairies I think of... well, I don't really know. Kansas, I guess.
 
2013-10-28 12:28:09 PM
Not all of these are entirely western:

I'm from Northern Ontario and I knew most of those (and used them in conversation too). Of course Underwear is gotch or gotchies. Chinook, kitty-corner, borscht. I eat Old Dutch chips. I drink Pil. We have Family Day, wear runners and drive beaters, particularly in winter. We hate no-see-ums. We had friends that booted for us when we were 17. I gave my son stuffies.

We use "camp" for cottage or cabin though. Camp can be anything from a 1 room shack to a 4 bedroom winterized home. I found bunnyhug to be kinda weird though, but not as weird as the looks I got when I moved to Toronto and nobody knew what gotch was.
 
2013-10-28 12:28:39 PM

Uzzah: Semprini.


My hovercraft is full of eel!
 
2013-10-28 12:28:52 PM
A lot of these words are commonly used in the US. Kitty-corner, no-see-ums, beater, etc.
 
2013-10-28 12:30:01 PM

abhorrent1: One of my old managers came from ohio and said catty-corner.  What was more amazing/perplexing to me was that he had never heard of or had an Italian Beef sandwich until he moved here. What kind of hell is Ohio that they don't have Italian Beef?


What is Italian beef? I've heard of a Spicy Italian, which is like pepperoni, salami, and ham...
 
2013-10-28 12:30:13 PM
TOOK!
 
2013-10-28 12:30:53 PM
I dated a Canadian (originally from Manitoba), but grew up in Ontario, who always used kitty corner. Of course, I'd always say, "You mean, diagonal?"

/useless story is useless
 
2013-10-28 12:32:06 PM

Uzzah: Semprini.


BURMA!
 
2013-10-28 12:32:42 PM
Appys or Appies
You can't go to a pub in Alberta without seeing "appys" featured on the menu. Short for appetizers.

(Possibly the most annoying word on this list...or of all time.)


Ugh.  Infantalized words are the worst.  Sammiches and the even worse sammies comes to mind.
 
2013-10-28 12:33:15 PM
Don't forget "Welcome to our planet."
 
2013-10-28 12:34:02 PM
May 2-4 isn't just a prairie thing but it is used pretty much by the type of people that think any long weekend would be incomplete without drinking until they start a fight and getting hauled in by the police. See Also: Box o' beer.
 
2013-10-28 12:34:16 PM

Grumpy Cat: I dated a Canadian (originally from Manitoba), but grew up in Ontario, who always used kitty corner. Of course, I'd always say, "You mean, diagonal?"


Got yer gotchies in a knot over it, eh.
 
2013-10-28 12:34:57 PM
And you'll get a 'Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out' as you leave.

/i love my quiet little piece of nowhere
 
2013-10-28 12:35:39 PM
Prairie:  Desolate endless grasslands that drive men insane.  Home of F-5 tornadoes and -5 F winters.  So-named because all there is to do there is pray to God that someday you can leave.
 
2013-10-28 12:36:40 PM

oldfarthenry: Grumpy Cat: I dated a Canadian (originally from Manitoba), but grew up in Ontario, who always used kitty corner. Of course, I'd always say, "You mean, diagonal?"

Got yer gotchies in a knot over it, eh.


Heh. Never heard the gotchies before. But, stuffing is dressing and you guys do mashed turnips instead of potatoes for Thanksgiving. No complaints, though.
 
2013-10-28 12:37:07 PM
Bunny hug?

i534.photobucket.com

/It's like a diabeetus-inducing version of the signing shark!
 
2013-10-28 12:37:19 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: abhorrent1: One of my old managers came from ohio and said catty-corner.  What was more amazing/perplexing to me was that he had never heard of or had an Italian Beef sandwich until he moved here. What kind of hell is Ohio that they don't have Italian Beef?

What is Italian beef? I've heard of a Spicy Italian, which is like pepperoni, salami, and ham...


OMG!
Do yourself a favor and order this.
http://www.portillos.com/store/item.asp?ITEM_ID=9&DEPARTMENT_ID=25
 
2013-10-28 12:38:21 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: abhorrent1: One of my old managers came from ohio and said catty-corner.  What was more amazing/perplexing to me was that he had never heard of or had an Italian Beef sandwich until he moved here. What kind of hell is Ohio that they don't have Italian Beef?

What is Italian beef? I've heard of a Spicy Italian, which is like pepperoni, salami, and ham...


2coolfishing.com
Basically, it's roast beef - bottom round to be specific - sliced thin and cooked in au jus.  The meat is placed on an Italian roll and then covered in gardenia (spicy pickled vegetables) and frequently dipped in the au jus.  The Italian roll is important because it has to be tough enough to hold together after the dip in au jus.

It is truly an outstanding sandwich.  It's a specialty item outside of Chicago.  If you live in any fairly decent sized city there should be a Chicago place near you.  They will have this along with Maxwell Polishes and Chicago dogs.
 
2013-10-28 12:38:55 PM

Evil Canadian: Not all of these are entirely western:

I'm from Northern Ontario and I knew most of those (and used them in conversation too). Of course Underwear is gotch or gotchies. Chinook, kitty-corner, borscht. I eat Old Dutch chips. I drink Pil. We have Family Day, wear runners and drive beaters, particularly in winter. We hate no-see-ums. We had friends that booted for us when we were 17. I gave my son stuffies.

We use "camp" for cottage or cabin though. Camp can be anything from a 1 room shack to a 4 bedroom winterized home. I found bunnyhug to be kinda weird though, but not as weird as the looks I got when I moved to Toronto and nobody knew what gotch was.


Gotch. What is the origin for that? Gotcha protected from skid marks? Gotch, it's difficult to take a piss because my farking wife threw away all my old soft boxers and replaced them with farking boxer-briefs that have no escape hatch up front?
 
2013-10-28 12:39:37 PM

Grumpy Cat: oldfarthenry: Grumpy Cat: I dated a Canadian (originally from Manitoba), but grew up in Ontario, who always used kitty corner. Of course, I'd always say, "You mean, diagonal?"

Got yer gotchies in a knot over it, eh.

Heh. Never heard the gotchies before. But, stuffing is dressing and you guys do mashed turnips instead of potatoes for Thanksgiving. No complaints, though.


Um, no. I think that Canuckian you dated was f**kin' with your head a bit.
 
2013-10-28 12:39:52 PM

Rapmaster2000: Appys or Appies
You can't go to a pub in Alberta without seeing "appys" featured on the menu. Short for appetizers.

(Possibly the most annoying word on this list...or of all time.)

Ugh.  Infantalized words are the worst.  Sammiches and the even worse sammies comes to mind.


It goes to reason that something that benign can bother aspies like you two.
 
2013-10-28 12:40:18 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-10-28 12:41:11 PM
Trayvon's only crime was wearing a bunnyhug.

Huh.

Just doesn't have the same ring
 
2013-10-28 12:41:23 PM
Hot Carl To Go:

Gotch. What is the origin for that? Gotcha protected from skid marks? Gotch, it's difficult to take a piss because my farking wife threw away all my old soft boxers and replaced them with farking boxer-briefs that have no escape hatch up front?

I believe it's taken from the Ukrainian. We had a lot of Ukrainians in my hometown, just like parts of the prairies.
 
2013-10-28 12:41:59 PM

tuna fingers: Rapmaster2000: Appys or Appies
You can't go to a pub in Alberta without seeing "appys" featured on the menu. Short for appetizers.

(Possibly the most annoying word on this list...or of all time.)

Ugh.  Infantalized words are the worst.  Sammiches and the even worse sammies comes to mind.

It goes to reason that something that benign can bother aspies like you two.


It doesn't bother me.  It just makes you sound like a child.  I suspect that people who say sammies like to wear diapers.
 
2013-10-28 12:43:29 PM

Rapmaster2000: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: abhorrent1: One of my old managers came from ohio and said catty-corner.  What was more amazing/perplexing to me was that he had never heard of or had an Italian Beef sandwich until he moved here. What kind of hell is Ohio that they don't have Italian Beef?

What is Italian beef? I've heard of a Spicy Italian, which is like pepperoni, salami, and ham...


Basically, it's roast beef - bottom round to be specific - sliced thin and cooked in au jus.  The meat is placed on an Italian roll and then covered in gardenia (spicy pickled vegetables) and frequently dipped in the au jus.  The Italian roll is important because it has to be tough enough to hold together after the dip in au jus.

It is truly an outstanding sandwich.  It's a specialty item outside of Chicago.  If you live in any fairly decent sized city there should be a Chicago place near you.  They will have this along with Maxwell Polishes and Chicago dogs.


Damn that looks good. I'm gonna try and find something like that for lunch.
 
2013-10-28 12:43:32 PM
Only the 1% on the east use the word cottage.
 
2013-10-28 12:44:26 PM

Rapmaster2000: tuna fingers: Rapmaster2000: Appys or Appies
You can't go to a pub in Alberta without seeing "appys" featured on the menu. Short for appetizers.

(Possibly the most annoying word on this list...or of all time.)

Ugh.  Infantalized words are the worst.  Sammiches and the even worse sammies comes to mind.

It goes to reason that something that benign can bother aspies like you two.

It doesn't bother me.  It just makes you sound like a child.  I suspect that people who say sammies like to wear diapers.


In my house, they are called diapies.
 
2013-10-28 12:44:57 PM
Eek! It's a regional dialect. Kill it! Kill it with fire!

Sheesh. Celebrate the diversity, people, before we become one big, boring, homogenized world.

/it's "coke", not "pop" or "soda".
 
2013-10-28 12:46:13 PM
Hotdish.
 
2013-10-28 12:46:27 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Wait a second, Canada has a prairie?? When I think of prairies I think of... well, I don't really know. Kansas, I guess.


Spent a summer in Saskatchewan.  Take Kansas, turn the thermostat down about ten or fifteen degrees, make the people grumpy, put potholes in all the roads - real potholes, the speed limit there wasn't a suggestion like the US, it was more of "we're telling you if you go faster than this you will get a flat tire", and make everyone sound like extras from Fargo and you get Saskatchewan.  At least the southern part.  I never got north of Regina (rhymes with "vagina").
 
2013-10-28 12:47:02 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: FUBAR
The movie FUBAR, which was shot in Calgary, made this military slang popular with the masses. Generally accepted to mean "f**ked up beyond all recognition/repair/reason."


Yeah, North America needed a movie from Calgary to bring FUBAR to the populace. o_O


Thank you captain 1980.  Tell us about Kiloy next!
 
2013-10-28 12:49:29 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Rapmaster2000: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: abhorrent1: One of my old managers came from ohio and said catty-corner.  What was more amazing/perplexing to me was that he had never heard of or had an Italian Beef sandwich until he moved here. What kind of hell is Ohio that they don't have Italian Beef?

What is Italian beef? I've heard of a Spicy Italian, which is like pepperoni, salami, and ham...


Basically, it's roast beef - bottom round to be specific - sliced thin and cooked in au jus.  The meat is placed on an Italian roll and then covered in gardenia (spicy pickled vegetables) and frequently dipped in the au jus.  The Italian roll is important because it has to be tough enough to hold together after the dip in au jus.

It is truly an outstanding sandwich.  It's a specialty item outside of Chicago.  If you live in any fairly decent sized city there should be a Chicago place near you.  They will have this along with Maxwell Polishes and Chicago dogs.

Damn that looks good. I'm gonna try and find something like that for lunch.


I used to have to make them myself when I moved from Chicago and it was pretty much impossible to find Italian rolls.  When I first moved to suburban Atlanta, the stores didn't even have peppperoncinis.  In the last several years, six or seven Chicago type places have opened up around here... which is nice.
 
2013-10-28 12:49:34 PM

FLMountainMan: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Wait a second, Canada has a prairie?? When I think of prairies I think of... well, I don't really know. Kansas, I guess.

Spent a summer in Saskatchewan.  Take Kansas, turn the thermostat down about ten or fifteen degrees, make the people grumpy, put potholes in all the roads - real potholes, the speed limit there wasn't a suggestion like the US, it was more of "we're telling you if you go faster than this you will get a flat tire", and make everyone sound like extras from Fargo and you get Saskatchewan.  At least the southern part.  I never got north of Regina (rhymes with "vagina").


Call Jimmy Pop immediately!
 
2013-10-28 12:50:50 PM

oldfarthenry: Grumpy Cat: oldfarthenry: Grumpy Cat: I dated a Canadian (originally from Manitoba), but grew up in Ontario, who always used kitty corner. Of course, I'd always say, "You mean, diagonal?"

Got yer gotchies in a knot over it, eh.

Heh. Never heard the gotchies before. But, stuffing is dressing and you guys do mashed turnips instead of potatoes for Thanksgiving. No complaints, though.

Um, no. I think that Canuckian you dated was f**kin' with your head a bit.


That's what his family in Brockville did. It was delicious. No complaints.
 
2013-10-28 12:51:17 PM
What failure of hygiene was responsible for naming underwear 'gitch'?
 
2013-10-28 12:51:43 PM
Other fascinating Canuckiana tibits:
- we store our cheese in socks hung in the attic
- we always sneeze twice - once in English then again in French
- we collectively HATE Timmy's but it's the only goddamn place open at 6am when we take our kids to hockey practise
- we compliment restaurant chefs by standing on our chairs and farting loudly
 
2013-10-28 12:51:50 PM
They don't have garbage disposals (garberators) in most of the East?  Weird.

I've never NOT had one, even as a kid.

Of course we live near InSinkErator (based in Racine), so it's as required as a closet full of Packers shirts around here.
 
2013-10-28 12:52:35 PM

Rapmaster2000: It doesn't bother me.  It just makes you sound like a child.  I suspect that people who say sammies like to wear diapers.


You mean nappies?
 
2013-10-28 12:52:43 PM
What, no Rowsdower?
 
2013-10-28 12:52:48 PM
Re: Chinooks

My friend's mother was raised on a farm outside Calgary. She one told me that she didn't know what cold really was until she moved to Wisconsin. Temps were similar in winter but she was used to the chinooks warming things up occasionally which is something we don't get. (It didn't help that her first winter here was one of the coldest and snowiest on record)
 
2013-10-28 12:52:52 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Wait a second, Canada has a prairie?? When I think of prairies I think of... well, I don't really know. Kansas, I guess.


Canada is huge. The Canadian prairies are seemingly endless.
 
2013-10-28 12:53:14 PM

fickenchucker: They don't have garbage disposals (garberators) in most of the East? Weird.


I've never seen one IRL.

/Ontarian
 
2013-10-28 12:53:23 PM

Rapmaster2000: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: abhorrent1: One of my old managers came from ohio and said catty-corner.  What was more amazing/perplexing to me was that he had never heard of or had an Italian Beef sandwich until he moved here. What kind of hell is Ohio that they don't have Italian Beef?

What is Italian beef? I've heard of a Spicy Italian, which is like pepperoni, salami, and ham...

[2coolfishing.com image 450x338]
Basically, it's roast beef - bottom round to be specific - sliced thin and cooked in au jus.  The meat is placed on an Italian roll and then covered in gardenia (spicy pickled vegetables) and frequently dipped in the au jus.  The Italian roll is important because it has to be tough enough to hold together after the dip in au jus.

It is truly an outstanding sandwich.  It's a specialty item outside of Chicago.  If you live in any fairly decent sized city there should be a Chicago place near you.  They will have this along with Maxwell Polishes and Chicago dogs.


That's giardiniera. Gardenia played Archie's neighbor Frank Lorenzo on All in the Family and Cher's dad in Moonstruck. And don't get me started on "au jus".
 
2013-10-28 12:54:06 PM
My mother used kitty-corner a lot; she was from Indiana.

I've heard a few of these from when I lived in Washington State; some of them filter south.
 
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