Word of the Day - Canadian slang
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Ronald Reagan - former president of the USA
"How was I to know the B-1 was an airplane? I thought it was vitamins for the troop."
- Ronald Reagan
Editor's comment: A B1 bomber is a supersonic aircraft capable of long-range bombing and missile launching with nuclear weapons.
Vitamin B1, also known as thiamin, helps fuel your body by converting blood sugar into energy. It keeps your mucous membranes healthy and is essential for nervous system, cardiovascular and muscular function.
|HOOKY AND KOOKY, YUCKY AND DUCKY
Contribution by E. Wong
While these words are just ordinary words for most Canadians, new immigrants will find them interesting.
Hooky - "playing hooky at school or at work", means that you are skipping classes or are absent.
Kooky - means crazy, as in "she is a bit kooky".
Yucky - means messy, as in "don't step in those yucky poop"
Ducky - means just fine, as in "this is just ducky"
by S. Young of BC
Another related term is "pull over", which meant pull the horse carriage over to the side. "Pull over" a car means pull the car over to the curb.
by M. Wilson of Vancouver, BC
"My brother-in-law called me a dog!!! After a restaurant meal, he told the waiter to put my leftover food in a doggie bag. I don't have a dog at home. He insulted me by implying that I am a dog. I did not speak to my sister and her husband for weeks."
Editor's comment: Your brother-in-law did not insult you. The word "doggie bag" is a phrase that evolved from packing leftover foods for the dog. Nowadays, it is good practice not to waste food, and there is no shame in bringing restaurant leftovers home.