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Old 12-08-2003, 03:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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candians look here

how many candians say eh


is it common at all


or is it a americain sterotype
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Old 12-08-2003, 03:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I for one don't, never have. Really the only time I hear Canadians say eh is when they're trying to show off to people from the States.
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Old 12-08-2003, 03:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I am canadian, and this is a sore matter simply because of its overuse by americans

Allow me to create a metaphor, its regional based, but Californians here will be able to relate.

A canadian saying eh, is as common as a person from NorCal saying hella, but it is more natural, so it comes off as being about a trillion times less annoying.

Its a natural part of speech, just like you have a tendency to say 'huh' in similar situations which eh would be appropriate.

If you dont quite get the metaphor, I'm afraid I have nothing for you.
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Old 12-08-2003, 03:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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that methophor i understand well


interesting
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Old 12-08-2003, 03:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I say it sometimes. The stereotype is based on fact, but it is used more often in certain regions of the country.

I agree with Numist here. Its used in the same way Americans tack on 'huh' or 'right' at the end of some sentences.
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Old 12-08-2003, 04:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I constantly catch myself saying "eh". Ususally I start doing it as a joke but then it sticks and I do it without thinking.
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Old 12-08-2003, 06:59 AM   #7 (permalink)
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damn proud to say it myself.................eh.

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Old 12-08-2003, 07:27 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm from the US and I say it. No Canadian family or anything ...
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Old 12-08-2003, 07:45 AM   #9 (permalink)
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flyman said it best.....eh



After all....look at all the great things we have up here....


Who can resist a cute little beaver?



Hockey....need I say more?



Pancakes just wouldn't be the same.



And well hell...we have the best beer around!



Ya...I'm a proud Canadian.....sorry - what was the original question?
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Old 12-08-2003, 08:03 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I was in Boston years ago yapping it up with a local in some bar and this guy couldn't stop bugging me about saying eh! It was all good natured.

Being a polite Canadian I didn't have the heart to tell him the correct pronunciations to labsta (lobster), woata (water) or cah (car). Loved the New England hospitality though.
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Old 12-08-2003, 08:28 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Minx, you missed the best thing about Canada...free health care.

I lived in Buffalo for five years and spent a lot of time in Niagara Falls and Fort Erie. Nice areas. Great strip clubs.
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Old 12-08-2003, 08:33 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Loved the New England hospitality though.
You're very welcome...happy to have ya'

I equally love the manner of the people in Canadia. If family/money were no issue I'd move up there in a second.
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Old 12-08-2003, 08:40 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:00 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Hey Minx, there is nothing wrong with a cute little beaver at all, and Canadians do say eh I think that it has something to do with the ties to the U.K. way back in the day.
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:27 AM   #15 (permalink)
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take off eh you hosers.

we say it but its more of a joke based on the american stereotype.
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:27 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I catch myself on it some times too, I'm not canadian just from northern Wisconsin. Ya know, so north that if you don't get cable all you get are 3 PBS channels...
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:29 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Its a natural part of speech, just like you have a tendency to say 'huh' in similar situations which eh would be appropriate.
That's how it seemed to me. The first time I visited my friend Ryan in Alberta I giggled a bit at the sound of "eh." He didn't say it very often, but a friend of his did quite a bit. I like it. It is much more polite than saying HUH?? They tried to teach me the proper usages

I adore Canada. I'm trying to find a way to move there myself. Great country, eh?
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Old 12-08-2003, 10:29 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Old 12-08-2003, 01:33 PM   #19 (permalink)
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i say eh quite often, nothing to be ashamed of at all. Part of the lingo, thats all.

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Old 12-08-2003, 02:08 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Eh is an amazing word. It lets you turn any statement into a question, eh?
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Old 12-08-2003, 02:15 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I end about every other sentence with 'eh?'. I remember seeing a stand up comic saying the difference between a Canadian and a New Yorker was that we put the 'eh' at the end of a sentence while they put it at the start. (as in "Eh! Can't you see I'm walkin here!?")

And Minx, your beaver is adorable, eh?
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Old 12-08-2003, 02:48 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I live so close to the American border, and although I use it occasionally, all the American TV I watch has corrupted me
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Old 12-08-2003, 02:58 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Avarett, I hereby dub thee as an honourary canadian until you can move up there. Just so long as you keep your spelling good and proper

[edited out a million typos, I should be put in asylum... this one was terrible...]

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Old 12-08-2003, 03:48 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Like colour and flavour? That's gonna be tough to get used to!!!
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Old 12-08-2003, 04:14 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I say eh fairly often, it's more dignified in my mind than the grunt of "huh" or "hunh"
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Old 12-08-2003, 04:14 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Ah, I don't know many people who use it, just the 'rough' people kind of say it...I don't hang out with them.
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Old 12-08-2003, 04:34 PM   #27 (permalink)
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i say it all the time
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Old 12-08-2003, 05:00 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Alright, let's clear some things up. The majority of people who use "eh?" alot are east of the maritimes [mantoba, sask. etc], especially in Ottawa. Believe me, I've been out east. Here, in Vancouver, you might hear it being said extremely occasionally, but it's not really all that common.

Basically, it replaces "no?", as in 'You like it eh?' instead of 'You like it, no?'.

And for god's sake, it's CanAdians. We don't spell America wrong, so try and get our name right.
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Old 12-08-2003, 06:27 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Alright, let's clear some things up. The majority of people who use "eh?" alot are east of the maritimes [mantoba, sask. etc], especially in Ottawa.
East of the Maritimes, eh? That would be Europe?

Perhaps you guys in BC think you're in the Maritimes, eh?
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Old 12-08-2003, 06:59 PM   #30 (permalink)
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I've lived in Canada all my life, and I don't say it.
I've noticed some other people say it though, but it isn't every second word.
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Old 12-08-2003, 07:00 PM   #31 (permalink)
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ok I have lived both in Canada and the US and it happens in Canada but some Americans say eh too.
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Old 12-08-2003, 07:13 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I was under the impression that it was primarly the newfies who say "eh" constantly.
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Old 12-08-2003, 08:34 PM   #33 (permalink)
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We say eh every chance we get. I don't even notice it anymore. It's like polite grunting to get attention.
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:29 PM   #34 (permalink)
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East of the Maritimes, eh? That would be Europe?

Perhaps you guys in BC think you're in the Maritimes, eh?
Woops. My stupid. I had a brain fart. I meant the prairies.
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:33 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:55 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Happens. Its just polite to say eh when someone invites you in his igloo. I love living in Canada but polar bears roaming freely in the city can be quite dangerous.
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Old 12-08-2003, 10:11 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Once you Americans catch on to saying eh, we'll start saying B.
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Old 12-09-2003, 01:35 AM   #38 (permalink)
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I say it all the time, mostly I don't even notice.
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Old 12-09-2003, 03:26 AM   #39 (permalink)
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Once you Americans catch on to saying eh, we'll start saying B.
taht made my day

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Old 12-09-2003, 05:29 AM   #40 (permalink)
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And for god's sake, it's CanAdians. We don't spell America wrong, so try and get our name right.
First off, I'm pretty positive it was just a typing mistake on Dragon's behalf. I know him personally, and I wouldn't put that past him. Secondly, I have talked to a few canadians... and I'll be damned if they don't typo the country name as well.

No offense intended, just backing up Dragon, and then going for a cheap laugh.
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