Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Canadianisms anyone?

Interested in English as spoken in Canada? We now have the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, REF PE3235 .C36. Among other things, it lists "...2,200 Canadian words and senses." For example, take the word "eh," an "informal interjection." The special Canadian sense is described as follows:

"...2 Cdn ascertaining the comprehension, continued interest, agreement etc. of the person or persons addressed (it's way out in the suburbs eh, so I can't get there by bike). This is the only usage of eh that can be catagorized as peculiarly Canadian..."

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