Special Report

Canadian Slang and Phrases Americans Just Don't Get

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21. Loonies and toonies

True, both countries call their currency “dollar,” but they’re not the same dollars. For one, Canada issues $1 coins — the loonies (or loonie), and $2 coins — the toonies (or toonie).

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22. Hydro

Because much of Canadian electricity comes from hydropower (water power), they simply refer to electricity as hydro. As in, “What a huge hydro bill I got this month!”

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23. All-dressed

When a Canadian orders her burger or hot dog all dressed, she wants all the fixins. All-dressed is also a type of potato chips that combines the barbecue, salt and vinegar, and ketchup flavors. All-dressed pizza comes with pepperoni, mushrooms, and green peppers.

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24. Toboggan

Fun activities are a must in the long, cold winter, and Canadians use a toboggan to go tobogganing when the snow is piling. That is, they use a narrow sled to slide downhill. The origin of the word is probably from an Algonquian language.

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25. KD

The world might think of KD as Kevin Durant, but in Canada, long before the multiple All-Star player joined the NBA, KD stood for Kraft Dinner, known in the U.S. as Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner or Kraft Mac & Cheese.

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