Humidex is used by Canadian meteorologists to describe how hot the weather feels. It takes into account the humidity in the air and is short for humidity index. High humidity would make warm weather feel warmer. While similar to the U.S. heat index, it’s not the same.
2. Toque — sometimes spelled tuque
Try to survive the Canadian winter without a toque, or a knitted hat or cap. Canadians won’t leave the house without one starting in October through April.
3. Fire hall
What Americans call a firehouse or fire station — the place where firefighters work — Canadians call a fire hall.
Pronounced like the letter A, Canadians use “eh” so often it has become an international joke. (How do you spell Canada? C eh N eh D eh…) “Eh” can be used to indicate misunderstanding, disbelief, or prod for a response in the same manner Americans would use “huh” or “right?”
5. Homo milk
This is not an inappropriate slur. Homo is simply short for homogenized and refers to whole milk. Funny thing, all milk in Canada (1%, 2%) is homogenized, but homo milk only refers to the 3.25% fat.
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