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2017-01-11 10:49:59 AM  
Because surfers already had dibs on dude?
 
2017-01-11 10:56:20 AM  
Like, thats so awesome.

Like, this, literally.
 
2017-01-11 11:08:26 AM  
Hoser.
 
2017-01-11 12:13:33 PM  
We could copy the Hawaiians and their "ya" at the end of every declarative sentence.
 
2017-01-11 12:16:05 PM  
Traveling overseas I bumped into a Canadian woman.  I could tell, because she had a backpack with a long rant about Canadian stereotypes (like "We are not all lumberjacks", "We don't say 'eh'", etc.), with a large maple leaf tag plastered on top.  I thought about saying "So I guess you're Canadian, eh?" but I figured that would get me punched in the throat.
 
2017-01-11 12:19:26 PM  
meh
 
2017-01-11 12:23:40 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-01-11 12:24:33 PM  
I'm sorry.
 
2017-01-11 12:24:49 PM  
Who knew Fonzi was Canadian?
 
2017-01-11 12:25:54 PM  
Canadians are not particularly amused when you eagerly point out their "eh" habit,

Take it easy, buddy.  It's just a joke, guy.
 
2017-01-11 12:26:23 PM  
Innit.

/UK up in this place!
 
2017-01-11 12:30:08 PM  

andthatsok: What does invariant mean


It's the new release in the Divergent series.
 
2017-01-11 12:30:13 PM  
Like the article points out Eh is mostly used for politeness, but it does have a darker power.

/Ehhhh.
 
2017-01-11 12:30:44 PM  
We don't actually say it all that often in the Atlantic provinces.  We have a lot of other idioms that are commonly used though.
 
2017-01-11 12:31:10 PM  
Shootsright means I shoot with a right handed stick eh!
 
2017-01-11 12:32:26 PM  
Wot?
 
2017-01-11 12:35:33 PM  
Ya 'avin' a larf there m9
 
2017-01-11 12:39:44 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-01-11 12:40:25 PM  

Ass_Master_Flash: Because surfers already had dibs on dude?


Órale
 
2017-01-11 12:44:19 PM  

andthatsok: What does invariant mean


...means "unchanged by symmetry operations". Not to be confused with covariant which refers to equations whose form is preserved by a change in coordinate systems.

/life of the party here
 
2017-01-11 12:45:29 PM  
Every single example there validates what I already thought.

"Nice day, eh?"
"You messed that up, eh?"
etc...

The word is always thrown at the end of the sentence as a short way of saying "do you agree?".

So that was a very long article to explain the difference between a variant and non-variant tag while showing that "eh" is in fact a non-variant tag.
 
2017-01-11 12:47:36 PM  
Unless I missed it, the one thing left out of that article was The Mckenzie Brothers.
I think they pretty well single handedly showed all Americans that all Canadians talk like that.  And drink a lot of beer.
 
2017-01-11 12:47:55 PM  

andthatsok: What does invariant mean


The speed of light within a Lorentz transformation,
 
2017-01-11 12:53:22 PM  
So when did the Canadian use of  "eh"  as an invariant come aboot, eh?
 
2017-01-11 12:54:56 PM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: andthatsok: What does invariant mean

The speed of light within a Lorentz transformation,


the speed of light equals c for ALL transformations to any frame, in a boat and/or with a goat.
 
2017-01-11 12:58:55 PM  
Well eh isn't the only invariant tag, yo.
 
2017-01-11 12:59:39 PM  

wjllope: andthatsok: What does invariant mean

...means "unchanged by symmetry operations". Not to be confused with covariant which refers to equations whose form is preserved by a change in coordinate systems.

/life of the party here


Stop, stop, you're making me wet.
 
2017-01-11 12:59:51 PM  

Ambitwistor: Traveling overseas I bumped into a Canadian woman.  I could tell, because she had a backpack with a long rant about Canadian stereotypes (like "We are not all lumberjacks", "We don't say 'eh'", etc.), with a large maple leaf tag plastered on top.  I thought about saying "So I guess you're Canadian, eh?" but I figured that would get me punched in the throat.


i.imgur.com

/On my desk at work
//Proud Canadian
///Not named Joe
 
2017-01-11 01:01:01 PM  

durbnpoisn: Unless I missed it, the one thing left out of that article was The Mckenzie Brothers.
I think they pretty well single handedly showed all Americans that all Canadians talk like that.  And drink a lot of beer.


They were mentioned, there was even a photo of them in TFA.
 
2017-01-11 01:02:09 PM  

Egoy3k: We don't actually say it all that often in the Atlantic provinces.  We have a lot of other idioms that are commonly used though.


I never heard it once in Vancouver (only worked there for a month, tho).

/all I heard at Whistler was "G'day"
 
2017-01-11 01:03:48 PM  

wjllope: Pointy Tail of Satan: andthatsok: What does invariant mean

The speed of light within a Lorentz transformation,

the speed of light equals c for ALL transformations to any frame, in a boat and/or with a goat.


Has anyone tried this in a moat?  Or possibly with the stoat?

Potentially groundbreaking stuff here.
 
2017-01-11 01:08:59 PM  

Ambitwistor: Traveling overseas I bumped into a Canadian woman.  I could tell, because she had a backpack with a long rant about Canadian stereotypes (like "We are not all lumberjacks", "We don't say 'eh'", etc.), with a large maple leaf tag plastered on top.  I thought about saying "So I guess you're Canadian, eh?" but I figured that would get me punched in the throat.


True, but she would have apologized afterward.
 
2017-01-11 01:19:10 PM  
It's time for a frosty cold Molson, eh?
 
2017-01-11 01:27:30 PM  
In Canada it's "eh?".
In Japan it's "ne?".
 
2017-01-11 01:32:18 PM  
 
2017-01-11 01:37:14 PM  

blodyholy: Ambitwistor: Traveling overseas I bumped into a Canadian woman.  I could tell, because she had a backpack with a long rant about Canadian stereotypes (like "We are not all lumberjacks", "We don't say 'eh'", etc.), with a large maple leaf tag plastered on top.  I thought about saying "So I guess you're Canadian, eh?" but I figured that would get me punched in the throat.

[i.imgur.com image 480x640]

/On my desk at work
//Proud Canadian
///Not named Joe


Its only a matter of time before Canada becomes part of the US

We would be 1) the largest nation on earth, 2) the most resource abundant nation on earth, and 3) the richest nation on earth.

Our Empire is dying. We need new blood. And when the UK finally collapses because of Scotland declaring independence due to Brexit, you wont have the bloody Queen to come rescue you.

/Because y'all are a bunch of farking morans, yes, I know Canada is not part of the UK
 
2017-01-11 01:40:03 PM  
How does a Canadian spell "Canada"?

"C, eh? N, eh? D, eh?"
 
2017-01-11 01:40:56 PM  

cman: blodyholy: Ambitwistor: Traveling overseas I bumped into a Canadian woman.  I could tell, because she had a backpack with a long rant about Canadian stereotypes (like "We are not all lumberjacks", "We don't say 'eh'", etc.), with a large maple leaf tag plastered on top.  I thought about saying "So I guess you're Canadian, eh?" but I figured that would get me punched in the throat.

[i.imgur.com image 480x640]

/On my desk at work
//Proud Canadian
///Not named Joe

Its only a matter of time before Canada becomes part of the US

We would be 1) the largest nation on earth, 2) the most resource abundant nation on earth, and 3) the richest nation on earth.

Our Empire is dying. We need new blood. And when the UK finally collapses because of Scotland declaring independence due to Brexit, you wont have the bloody Queen to come rescue you.

/Because y'all are a bunch of farking morans, yes, I know Canada is not part of the UK


I'm pretty sure the majority of Canadians do not want to join the US.  Eh?
 
2017-01-11 01:43:17 PM  

riot_kid: cman: blodyholy: Ambitwistor: Traveling overseas I bumped into a Canadian woman.  I could tell, because she had a backpack with a long rant about Canadian stereotypes (like "We are not all lumberjacks", "We don't say 'eh'", etc.), with a large maple leaf tag plastered on top.  I thought about saying "So I guess you're Canadian, eh?" but I figured that would get me punched in the throat.

[i.imgur.com image 480x640]

/On my desk at work
//Proud Canadian
///Not named Joe

Its only a matter of time before Canada becomes part of the US

We would be 1) the largest nation on earth, 2) the most resource abundant nation on earth, and 3) the richest nation on earth.

Our Empire is dying. We need new blood. And when the UK finally collapses because of Scotland declaring independence due to Brexit, you wont have the bloody Queen to come rescue you.

/Because y'all are a bunch of farking morans, yes, I know Canada is not part of the UK

I'm pretty sure the majority of Canadians do not want to join the US.  Eh?


That does not matter. Canada will be ours.
 
2017-01-11 01:43:47 PM  
blodyholy:
[i.imgur.com image 480x640]
/On my desk at work
//Proud Canadian
///Not named Joe


Cool, didn't know the backstory.  This would have been just a few months after that ad came out.
 
2017-01-11 01:55:24 PM  

cman: riot_kid: cman: blodyholy: Ambitwistor: Traveling overseas I bumped into a Canadian woman.  I could tell, because she had a backpack with a long rant about Canadian stereotypes (like "We are not all lumberjacks", "We don't say 'eh'", etc.), with a large maple leaf tag plastered on top.  I thought about saying "So I guess you're Canadian, eh?" but I figured that would get me punched in the throat.

[i.imgur.com image 480x640]

/On my desk at work
//Proud Canadian
///Not named Joe

Its only a matter of time before Canada becomes part of the US

We would be 1) the largest nation on earth, 2) the most resource abundant nation on earth, and 3) the richest nation on earth.

Our Empire is dying. We need new blood. And when the UK finally collapses because of Scotland declaring independence due to Brexit, you wont have the bloody Queen to come rescue you.

/Because y'all are a bunch of farking morans, yes, I know Canada is not part of the UK

I'm pretty sure the majority of Canadians do not want to join the US.  Eh?

That does not matter. Canada will be ours.


Are you drunk?
 
2017-01-11 01:57:01 PM  

riot_kid: cman: riot_kid: cman: blodyholy: Ambitwistor: Traveling overseas I bumped into a Canadian woman.  I could tell, because she had a backpack with a long rant about Canadian stereotypes (like "We are not all lumberjacks", "We don't say 'eh'", etc.), with a large maple leaf tag plastered on top.  I thought about saying "So I guess you're Canadian, eh?" but I figured that would get me punched in the throat.

[i.imgur.com image 480x640]

/On my desk at work
//Proud Canadian
///Not named Joe

Its only a matter of time before Canada becomes part of the US

We would be 1) the largest nation on earth, 2) the most resource abundant nation on earth, and 3) the richest nation on earth.

Our Empire is dying. We need new blood. And when the UK finally collapses because of Scotland declaring independence due to Brexit, you wont have the bloody Queen to come rescue you.

/Because y'all are a bunch of farking morans, yes, I know Canada is not part of the UK

I'm pretty sure the majority of Canadians do not want to join the US.  Eh?

That does not matter. Canada will be ours.

Are you drunk?


Just imperialistic
 
2017-01-11 01:57:13 PM  

lostcat: In Canada it's "eh?".
In Japan it's "ne?".


i340.photobucket.com
 
2017-01-11 01:57:32 PM  

andthatsok: What does invariant mean


That a given value won't change during the execution of a program.

You can eliminate a whole class of state-dependent runtime bugs by using immutable objects instead of variables.
 
2017-01-11 02:00:31 PM  
They know the alphabet from eh? to zed.
 
2017-01-11 02:02:41 PM  

Egoy3k: durbnpoisn: Unless I missed it, the one thing left out of that article was The Mckenzie Brothers.
I think they pretty well single handedly showed all Americans that all Canadians talk like that.  And drink a lot of beer.

They were mentioned, there was even a photo of them in TFA.


In that case, I missed it.

TL,DR...  I only made it so far.
 
2017-01-11 02:13:22 PM  
Little known fact: the country's name was originally spelled Cnd. An early traveler from the USA asked a local how to spell it, and he replied, "C, eh, N, eh, D, eh."
 
2017-01-11 02:18:06 PM  

cman: Its only a matter of time before Canada becomes part of the US


Is a New Northern Alliance between Canada and a few NE and NW US states not more likely? Would be even more prosperous and resource rich without all those lovely warm states that couldn't survive without federal aid.
 
2017-01-11 02:28:01 PM  

MrKevvy: How does a Canadian spell "Canada"?

"C, eh? N, eh? D, eh?"


And I see that my horrible speedreading totally missed this earlier. Sorrrrry aboat that.
 
2017-01-11 02:29:32 PM  
Never heard of the Canadian "eh" until the year before I went to college. I attended a French immersion programme of six weeks and SCTV was on one of the cable TV networks. The original SCTV from Edmonton, and possibly some of the US version a year or two later.

The Canadian version of SCTV was much better than the American version if you were Canadian enough to get all the references instead of regarding them as simple clowning or satire on Americanism. It was just a short sitcom (half hour show), while the US version lost a lot of the Canadian colour and flavour along with some of its sharpness and saltiness. Like American cheese product versus a good local cheese factory cheddar from a rural community.

I wish I could get the original series on DVD, but the American series is still pretty damn good as it largely consists of the original shows with a frame tale wrapped around them, only Americans probably don't recognize the specific Canadian content unless they live within about 100 miles of the border. They may not recognize our cheap-ass pompous game shows, our Canadian Not for Export celebrities, and so forth.

Still, enjoy. It is a fine product all the same, even if it is only for export, eh?

If you got that joke, you may be Canadian. Or somewhat unusually cosmopolitan for a guy from Iowa.

I have heard Canadians use the Canadian "eh?" but this is because I now live in Eastern Ontario, and its full of Ottawa Valley guys and gals, eh? What a bunch of hosers. When your only point of Big City reference is Fredericton or Moncton, New Brunswick, and the locals are hosers, eh, you know you are in the United States of Hoserland, eh?

Ottawa is where fads and fashions go to die. But they play Fredericton the month before.
 
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