Canadian slang

Canadian slang consists of words and phrases of slang exclusive to or originating from Canada. It is important to note that many of these words are regional and not used in all areas. In addition to general-purpose slang, there are slang nicknames for many Canadian places, and residents of specific Canadian places.


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List of Canadian slang words or phrases

Numbers

  • 2-4 — (two four) a case of 24 beer ("Beer" being the plural of "Beer")
  • 26er (also 2-6, twixer) — a 26 & 2/3 imperial fl oz (758 ml) in earlier times, or 750 ml (26.4 fl oz) bottle of alcohol
  • 40 — a 40 fl oz (1 imperial quart, 1.14 L) bottle of alcohol. (see forty pounder)
  • 60 or "60-pounder"-- a 1.75 L (61.6 imperial fl oz) bottle of spirits, most likely rye (Canadian whisky)
  • 66er — a former 66.6 imperial fl oz (1/2 U.S. gallon, 1.89 L) bottle of alcohol, probably also applied to 1.75 L (61.6 imperial fl oz) bottles (see gripper)

A-B

  • "AADAC" (ay-dack) from the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission, used to refer to any sort of beverage which would get you drunk thus making you prime candidate for alcohol addiction.
  • alcool — grain alcohol; everclear (from French, but pronounced as in English)
  • The Ballet — Strip club, or exotic dance club.
  • Baywop — Someone living in a rural area centered around a bay. Mostly used in Newfoundland. A pejorative term.
  • Beaner — Someone living in a planned housing area. Refers to "The Bean", an area of planned housing in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. "The Bean" is also known as Jellybean Square, referring to the colourful choices of house paint at the time it acquired its nickname.
  • Beaver Tail (BeaverTail) — A dessert food basically consisting of a pastry, usually covered with lemon juice and cinnamon sugar. Given its name because it resembles the shape of a beaver's tail. Also known as an Elephant Ear.
  • bismarck — jelly doughnut (prairies)
  • BiWay — a store chain similar to Zellers
  • Blah Blahs — grocery chain Loblaws
  • Blochead — A derogatory term for Anglophone, or English speaker in the province of Quebec. French translation tête carrée. Often used as a derogatory term for a member of the Bloc Quebecois.
  • Blue Neck, Blueneck — Canadian version of the stereotypical American Redneck. Whereas the American neck derives its red colour from exposure to the sun, it is assumed the Canadian's blue colouring is the result of frostbite.
  • "Bob Loblaws" — Loblaws grocery stores (Also see Sloblaws)
  • "Boonies" — derogatory term used in referece to the suburbs of a city...usually used by those in the centre of city life. This term originally meant distant or remote rural areas as opposed to suburbs, and is short for "boondocks", which has the same meaning.
  • Booze can – an after-hours club or blind pig.
  • Boss'n BarBoston Bar, British Columbia, as generally pronounced by those familiar with the place (rather than encountering the name for the first time and making a point of the t); the n may almost be dropped by way of a nasalized schwa. Boston is Fraser Canyon First Nations slang for a white person, from the Chinook Jargon Boston man for American, which is also the source of the name Boston Bar.
  • The Boys — in British Columbia, can refer either to the RCMP, or to their arch-nemesis, the main "outlaw motorcycle gang" (to use the police euphemism).
  • Brick - the British Columbia Resources Investment Corporation and associated political boondoggle (early 1980s), publicly-distrubuted/freebie shares in which were "Brick shares" (often used derisively); pronounced "brick" even when "BCRIC shares" or "BCRIC" are read from print.
  • BT — Bottle Toke. The process of cooking hashish in a beer bottle.
  • Buck — unit of 100, most commonly directly replaces "dollar" ($1.25 — "a buck twenty five", $1.50 — "a buck fifty"), originally referred to a male beaver pelt which in the past was worth one dollar. Also used to describe highway speed ("I got caught doing a buck-thirty on the 401" meaning "I was caught driving at a speed of 130km/h on Highway 401")
  • Buckshee - an archaic term, formerly used to mean "free" or "complimentary" (ie available for no monetary fee)
  • Buds — the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team, also marijuana
  • bunnyhug — a hooded sweatshirt with or without a zipper (Saskatchewan)
  • b'y — A term from Newfoundland and Cape Breton. The equivalent of "man," "dude," or "pal." Possible contraction of "boy." Example: Go on, b'y.

C-D

  • Caker — is short for "Mangia Cake" (pronounced manja cake, Italian for "cake-eater") and refers to Canadians of Anglo origin. It is said that the term originated in Italian-Canadian kitchens as a type of mockery of Anglophone Canada's bland cultural and culinary habits.
  • Can — Washroom or toilet, as in "I've got to go to the can".
  • CanCon — short for Canadian Content. Refers to the requisite number of Canadian songs, films, programs, etc. that Canadian broadcasters must air.
  • CanLit — Canadian literature, of the variety that exists only because it's government-funded, and of a certain style. Originally derisive, ultimately adopted by the Canadian literary establishment as shorthand for itself.
  • Canuck — Canadian. Often used in the US as well, sometimes derogatorily. Originally used to mean French-Canadians only, and archaic pron. can-OOK. Also the name for a player on the Vancouver NHL team. See Canucklehead.
  • Canucklehead — a fan of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team, typically a low-brow one.
  • Cave-On-Foods — Nickname for Save-On-Foods due to the cave-in in a British Columbia Save-On-Foods
  • Chinook — A warm, dry wind experienced along the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains in the United States and Canada. Most common in winter and spring, it can result in a rise in temperature of 20 °C (35 to 40 °F) in a quarter of an hour. In British Columbia, the word is pronounced with a hard ch instead of the sh sound as used elsewhere in Canada, and means an extremely wet, warm constant southwesterly, which actually is the same weather pattern as the drying wind that it becomes when it hits Alberta. The use of the word to mean a wind is from the Chinook Jargon, "i.e. the wind from the direction of the country of the Chinooks" (the lower Columbia River), as transmitted to the Prairies by the francophone employees of the Hudson's Bay Company, hence the Frenchified pronunciation east of the Rockies. A Chinook in BC is also one of the five main varieties of salmon, and can also mean the Chinook Jargon, although this older usage is now very rare.
  • Cherrypicker — Similar to high-grading, someone who takes the best of something available, be it a product or opportunity, and leaves the rest. In hockey, somebody who stays around the opposing teams goalie and does not play defence. Similar to Goal Suck.
  • Chesterfield — a couch or sofa.
  • Chokerman and running choker — an extremely dangerous entry-level job in British Columbia's forestry sector. A choker is a steel cable with an eye-hook used to attach logs to the grapple-yarder or other spar/drag equipment used in industrial logging.
  • clickkilometre or kilometres per hour (sometimes spelled "klick").
  • CFA (Comes-From-Away) — a term used in the Atlantic provinces to refer to visitors or residents who were not born and raised in Eastern Canada. This term can be used in an affectionate manner, or an exclusionary manner.
  • CKA (Canada Kicks Ass) — term typically heard as spectator chant at international sporting events in which Canadians participate. Usage not widespread.
  • Clan Van — originated as a derogatory term for delapitated vehicles driven by residents of Indian reservations, has been softened to indicate any family station wagon or minivan.
  • The Colonel's — holdover term for KFC restaurants (or food from there), a reference to the restaurant's creator and advertising character Colonel Harlan Sanders.
  • Constab — pronounced cun-STAB; the police in cities of Newfoundland and Labrador serviced by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
  • Combine Pilots — a term used by Albertans to describe people from Saskatchewan.
  • Cougar — a middle-aged (or above) woman, dressed to the nines, out on the prowl looking for young (20–35 year old) men
  • Crap Dinner — Instant macaroni and cheese product Kraft Dinner. Also; Crappy Dinner.
  • Crappy Tire or Ukrainian Tire or "Communist Tire" — Canadian Tire
  • Dart — Cigarette. "You wanna go for a dart with me?"
  • deke, deke out — to feint, to trick or avoid someone "to deke out of a meeting" or, to deftly manoeuvre around a sporting opponent (esp. in hockey). Also used to refer to making shortcuts and innovative routes through traffic.
  • dep — corner store, adapted from Quebec French word "dépanneur", especially by English-speaking Quebeckers.
  • dick, dick all, sweet dick all, sda — nothing
  • Dipper — a member of the New Democratic Party
  • Dirt — A derogatory term for a member of the Heavy Metal subculture.
  • Dirty Bird — nickname for Kentucky fried chicken, even Popeye's
  • Dogan — a Catholic; abusive, and now dying out
  • double-double — a coffee with double cream, double sugar (especially, but not exclusively, from Tim Hortons). Triple-triple and four-by-four (less common) are three and four creams/sugars, respectively.
  • Double Sawbuck — a twenty-dollar bill. A sawbuck, less commonly used, is a ten-dollar bill.
  • Dressed to the nines — To be all dressed up (a suit or tux for the men and perhaps a suit, dress or gown for the ladies).

E-F

  • eh — a spoken interjection to ascertain the comprehension, continued interest, agreement, etc., of the person or persons addressed (e.g. "That was a good game last night, eh?"). May also be used instead of huh? or what?. Meaning please repeat or say again.
  • Fare well — in British Columbia, the social services ministry and its annual guaranteed income plan, i.e. welfare.
  • Farmer Stop — a rolling stop. Where one does not come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Typical of those accustomed to driving in areas without large amounts of traffic.
  • Farmer's Blow — a way of relieving nasal congestion by pinching a single nostril closed with a finger and blowing out phlegm from the other with a mighty exhalation.
  • Farmer turn — a manoeuvre executed while driving an automobile in urban areas. A right turn that starts by veering to the left, often crossing into the adjacent lane before completing the (often slow) right turn. Name refers to the driving habits of rural farmers accustomed to large vehicles and unused to city traffic.
  • Farmer vision (also Peasant Vision, Country Cable or TFC - 'Three Friggin' Channels') — The basic three TV channels that can be picked up almost anywhere (Global, CBC, CTV).
  • The Ferries - can mean the entire BC Ferries corporation, as well as the the ferry fleet per se or the rigamarole involved in travelling by them.
  • Fin — a five-dollar bill, also known as a Fiver.
  • Fish Police (also Tree Cop and Critter Cop) — Derogatory reference to Federal or Provincial Fisheries or Wildlife Officers.
  • Flip — A term used for Filipino-Canadians.
  • FOB — Means fresh off the boat, and can be a derogatory term aimed at newly arrived immigrants, although commonly used affectionately to describe any new resident of Canada. Often used amongst youth to describe exchange students, or fellow long-term visiting peers. Similar to American FES, or Foreign Exchange Student. Has also been re-defined by University of Toronto students to mean Fresh Off Bloor, especially relating to the large numbers of non-Canadian-Permanent-Resident students attending the University. As well, some related terms are FOY = "Fresh Off Yacht" or FOP = "Fresh Off Plane" which are used to cunteract the label FOB especially as a result of pre-1990s change in Canadian Immigration Policies to only let skilled workers in. For Further information please google "Underemployment in Canada",Immigrants, etc.
  • fock — Alternate spelling/pronunciation of "Fuck" used primarily by francophones while speaking English (not to be confused with phoque, the French word for seal)
  • forty pounder (forty ouncer) — a 40 oz. bottle of alcohol (see 40)
  • Frog — A derogatory name given to French Canadians
  • Frosh — A term for first-year students, derived from freshman.
  • French fry — A derogatory name given to French Canadians, particularly in New Brunswick: see Square Head/English Muffin
  • Fuck All — A term used to indicate doing or having done nothing. (e.g. "What did you do last night? - Fuck all."
  • Fuck the dog — A term used to indicate doing nothing (e.g. "I fucked the dog all weekend"). May be referred to as Making Puppies in polite company.

G

  • "Garbage Mitts" — a pair of white leather mitts. Term mainly used in Manitoba. Usually worn in the winter when playing street hockey.
  • Gearbox — a term used to describe the shifting mechanism in a car, mainly used in the suburbs of Toronto, and also a derisive term for a promiscuous and/or giggly woman or girl. British in origin and also in common use among Britons resident in various parts of Canada, notably Victoria, British Columbia.
  • Ghetto Blaster — a portable stereo system. The term was common throughout North America at one time, but is still common in Canada.
  • Gina — a female (usually of Mediterranean descent) who dresses in tight clothing usually with fluffy accents; Ginas are usually only labelled as such because of their association with Ginos (see below) (this word may be considered a racial slur against Italian women, but many young people associate it exclusively with the Gino/Gina subculture with or without a negative connotation).
  • Gino — a male (usually of Mediterranean descent) who dresses in tight clothing (particularly denim), uses hair gel, wears gold chains, and has a macho attitude (this word may be considered a racial slur against Italian men, but many young people associate it exclusively with the Gino/Gina subculture with or without a negative connotation). Also referred to as "Gino-Camaro" because of the high correlation between people of this description and Chevrolet Camaros/Pontiac Firebirds.
  • Giv'n'r — used to describe any act carried out with extreme exuberance or to its fullest potential. "We were just Giv'n'r last night." Can be expanded as "Give her berries".
  • Giv'er — Used to give someone permission to do something they never really asked to do ie: when speeding and a passenger notices, he says 'giv'er buddy' encouraging the driver to go faster.
  • Goal Suck — Somebody who stays around the opposing teams goalie and does not play defence. (see "Cherry Picker")
  • Goler — The name of a family accused of mass incest on South Mountain in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia in 1984. The accusations implicated sixteen adults (both men and women) with incest and sexual abuse of children as young as five. The abuse had been perpetuated over several generations. The term is now used as an insult, e.g "He's a goler."
  • goof — 1: cheap sherry or fortified wine ("I could buy the Indian chiefs off with a case of goof," – Ed Havrot, chair of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, Toronto Globe and Mail, May 16. 1975); 2: a major insult; 3: to make a mistake (a goof, to goof). Though also derisive, goofball may be used affectionately or in jest.
  • Gouge-and-Screw TaxGoods and Services Tax (Canada)
  • Government Dairy A liqour store, so called because the liquor is seen as being as important as dairy, and comes from the government.
  • Greenchain, as in working greenchain — the entry level position in a sawmill, grabbing lumber as it comes off from the saws along the "greenchain", which drags logs through the mill.
  • Grit — a member of the Liberal Party of Canada. In British Columbia, a neo-Grit is a new-era BC Liberal (distinct in character from the pre-1970s BC Liberal Party), although Grit is commonly used in the media, though usually to mean the federal Liberals only.
  • Gripper — a former 66 imp fl oz (1/2 U.S. gal) or a 1.75 L (61.6 imp fl oz) bottle of liquor. So named for either having a looped handle on the bottle neck, or matching indented "grips" on the body of the bottle.
  • Grocery Police — A Canadian Customs and Revenue Border Agent.
  • Gunt — The area on an overweight, usually middle-aged or older woman below her belly that bulges out in the shape of a football. Generally accentuated by a too-tight pair of slacks.

H-J

  • Habs — the Montreal Canadiens hockey team (from a contraction of habitants, a term for residents of New France). Predominantly used by English fans of the team. (Pronounced as in English, not as in French.)
  • half-sack — A six pack of beer, usually bottles.
  • Hi-yu" — British Columbian term from the Chinook Jargon meaning a party or gathering, literally "many" or "lots" (i.e. of people). A large event might be called a big hi-yu, which in capitalized form Big Hi-yu was often a slang name for "the July" celebrations, particularly in Fraser Canyon and Cariboo regions.
  • Holidays, Department of — In BC, the provincial Department (sometime Ministry) of Highways, referring to the apparent lackadaiscal style of highways employees. More used to refer to employment in the Ministry, rather than the ministry itself.
  • honger — Derogatory name for immigrants from Hong Kong used by Mandarin-speaking and Canadianized Chinese.
  • HorsemenRoyal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • hose — used as a verb 'to hose' meaning to trick, deceive, steal, etc.
  • hosed — Broken or not working. e.g. "There was a power surge and now my TV's hosed."
  • hoser — a stereotype and a mild insult; exploiter; from Depression era prairie gasoline thieves.
  • homo milkhomogenized milk, particularly with a fat content greater than 2%, usually 3.25%. Referred to in the USA as whole milk.
  • Hoodie — A hooded sweatshirt with or without a zipper.
  • Horny TimsTim Hortons.
  • HOV Lane — High Occupancy Vehicle Lane, the Canadian equivalent of a carpool or bus lane/
  • Hyas — usually in combination with tyee or muckamuck, a British Columbia term from the Chinook Jargon word for "big, important". Increasingly rare by itself or in combination with ordinary English words, it turns up in hyas tyee, meaning "big boss, head man, bigshot", and hyas muckamuck (also high-ass muckety-muck, or just high muckamuck, as it sometimes get creolized in English), literally "big food", really "big feast", and refers to those who sit at the head table or place or position at a feast. Both can have a sarcastic tone, especially hyas muckamuck, as in some bigshot who acts important, not just is important. High muckety-muck in particular is very derisive towards authority figures, or people who get into public affairs because they think they're important, or should be. Hyas may be the root of such English-wide compounds as dumb-ass and stupid-ass. Its apposite in the Chinook Jargon is tenas or tenass, which often turns up in lake names and other geographic features in BC.
  • hydro — 1: (except Alberta and Saskatchewan) commonly as a synonym for electrical service, as in "The hydro bill is due on the fifteenth". Many Canadian provincial electric companies generate power from hydroelectricity, and incorporate the term "Hydro" in their names; 2: Hydroponically grown plants of any type, but especially used to refer to hydroponically grown marijuana; usage: "Manitoba Hydro... It's not just a Power Company anymore."; "How long did you work for Hydro?" "When's Hydro gonna get the lines back up."
  • Hydrofield — A line of electricity transmission towers, usually in groups cutting across a city.
  • Hydro lines/poles — Electrical transmission lines/poles.
  • Icky-Bicky - the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (the government auto insurance monopoly), used derisively as well as ordinarily, and about the same amount as the acronym itself i.e I-see-BEE-see
  • idjit — variant pronunciation of 'idiot', particularly in Atlantic Canada.
  • jam buster — jelly doughnut (Manitoba)
  • jib — methamphetamine (West/Central Canada)
  • jib-tech warrior — drug addict who is awake for long periods looking for things to steal. (British Columbia)
  • Jigger- Term used instead of ATV, or 4-Wheeler.
  • joggers — a term used for jogging pants or sweatpants
  • jono — feeling embarrassed for someone else; a painfully awkward situation

K-M

  • KD or K.D. — Slang for Kraft Dinner, the macaroni with orange cheese sauce
  • Kenora Dinner Jacket — a lined fleece or flannel shirt or jacket, typically plaid, stereotypically associated with working-class rural Ontarians. See Hoser
  • Kentucky Fried Pigeon — disparaging term for Kentucky Fried Chicken, due to suspect quality of poultry used in preparation of this dish.
  • Knob — a more serious insult, usually considered vulgar
  • Language Police — A Quebec provincial government body titled the 'Office de la Langue Française' who under Bill 101, the controversial language law passed in the 1970s, were charged with ensuring that Quebec businesses feature the French language at least on par with English on signs, menus ect. Elements such as size, bold colours and font styles are all closely scrutinized. Violators face stiff fines, or even revocation of their business licences.
  • The LB — Saskatchewan Liquor Board Store; also known as "the Board Store"
  • LC (Elcee)— Slang for Manitoba Liquor Control Commission (MLCC), the government-run liquor stores in Manitoba; also for Nova Scotia's 'Liquor Commission'.
  • "Lick-Bo" — Slang for the Ontario Liquor Control Board (LCBO)
  • "Lick-n-Blow" — Slang for the Ontario Liquor Control Board (LCBO)
  • Liquor Store — A specific reference to a government operated liquor store, as privately owned liquor stores are uncommon or illegal in Eastern Canada, depending on provincial liquor laws. A private liquor store is generally referred to as a Cold Beer & Wine Store or "off-sale". Alberta has no government run liquor stores but still refer to the private stores as liquor stores.
  • Logey — Tired or sluggish
  • Loonie — Canadian one dollar coin which originally had a loon on the reverse side.
  • Lord Stanley or Lord Stanley's Mug — slang reference to the Stanley Cup, awarded annually to the champion team of the National Hockey League.
  • Low Blows — Loblaws grocery stores
  • Lumber jacket — A thick flannel jacket either red and black or green and black favoured by blue collar workers and heavy metal/grunge afficinados. This apparel is more commonly referred to as a mackinac (pron mackinaw).
  • Mahsie and Masi — Chinook Jargon for "thank you", from French merci, still in common use in northern BC and the Yukon (often with a different cadence than in French, i.e. MAH-see instead of Mah-SEE).
  • Make Me Laughs — Derogatory term for the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team
  • Mangia-Cake — Term used by Canadians of Italian origin to describe WASPs or English-Canadians. Comes from fact that Italians, when they arrived in Canada observed Canadians' habit of eating sweet dessert (cake) after a meal; Italians normally eat fruit after a meal and not sweets.
  • Mapleflot — Derogatory term for Air Canada, derived from Aeroflot.
  • Mardi Gras — in Vancouver's Downtown East Side, the last Wednesday with five banking days before the end of a month, i.e. "Welfare Wednesday", which turns into a drinking and drugging circus for a few days. Mardi Gras is the name for the fun/chaos used by both the neighbourhood/street people and the police.
  • May 2–4 — the Victoria Day holiday which takes place on the third Monday in May, on or around May 24. It also refers to the entire three day holiday weekend, which is Canada's "unofficial" start of the summer season, when many open cottages after the winter. (Note that the term May two-four may be used to refer to this weekend even if the holiday falls as early as May 17.) The name is a conscious pun on the date and the case of beer which is traditionally drunk on this holiday. (Ontario).
  • Maylong — see above; contraction of "May long weekend".
  • McDicks — McDonalds Fast Food Restaurant, also "McDogFoods" or "Mickey D's" or "McRat's" or "Rotten Ronnie's" or "McKaKa's" and "First Stop to Stomach Pump" and "Animal Recycler"
  • mickey — a small (13 oz.) bottle of liquor, shaped to fit in a pocket. Also fits conveniently alongside the calf of a cowboy boot or rubber boot.
  • Militants — activists, adapted from Quebec French, especially by English-speaking Quebeckers.
  • Mission Shitty — the downtown area of Mission, British Columbia, originally incorporated as Mission City. Partly a parody of the First Nations English tendency to slur s into sh.
  • Molson Muscle — A beer belly named after the popular beer.
  • Mountie (also Mounty) — a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Mother CorpCBC
  • Moving Day — derogative term used in Quebec for Canada Day (July 1st) - since most apartment leases in Quebec traditionally expire on this day, Quebeckers use the national holiday as their chosen date for changing apartments. Referring to this day as 'Moving Day' is a snub at the 'Rest of Canada' by nationalist Québeckers

N-R

  • N-Dipper — A member of the New Democratic Party.
  • Newfie, Newf — a person from Newfoundland; often considered derogatory if used by someone other than a Newfoundlander.
  • Nish — racist slang for a person of First Nations ethnicity (from Anishinaabe, the Ojibwa word for "Human being")
  • "Nob" — Similar to Hoser.
  • The O — nickname for the Ontario Hockey League
  • the Oilpatch, or the 'patch — the local term of the oil industry of Alberta, especially the part involved directly with drilling
  • Orgyphone — Derogatory term.
  • P-Mall. In Toronto, Ontario, refers to Pacific Mall.
  • Pepper, Pepsi — Word used to describe French/Francophone Canadians
  • Peelers — a term to describe strippers because they 'peel' their clothes off. Used as, "Let's hit the Peeler bar!"
  • Petro — A abbreviated reference to Petro-Canada, a Canadian gas station chain
  • PFK — Kentucky Fried Chicken, referring to the French initials of KFC.
  • Pissed — A state of intoxication
  • P. O'd — pissed off; angry
  • pogey — Social Assistance, Welfare (Especially in Newfoundland.) Employment insurance. In British Columbia, pogey always means Employment Insurance, vs the dole or other terms for Welfare.
  • Pogo — A brand of corn dogs.
  • Prairie nigger (derogatory) — A person of aboriginal descent
  • prolly — A substitution for the word probably. ("Prolly going for a bike ride.") (Especially in southwestern British Columbia.)
  • Puck Bunny — In disparaging terms, A young girl who pursues hockey players; a groupie of hockey players. More correctly is "Puck Fuck", but rarely used in mixed company.
  • The Q — nickname for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
  • R.C. — a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police ("I was pulled over by the R.C.'s.")
  • Real Canadian Stupidstore — a reference to Real Canadian Superstore, a Canadian grocery store chain
  • Red Neck or Redneck — derogatory term used in referece to people in the prairie region of Western Canada or people in the southern United States. In British Columbia also refers to a set of political and social attitudes, irrespective of social class or background.
  • Reservation Rocket — nickname for vehicle found within native reservations, typically an old camaro or Trans-Am
  • Rice King and Rice Queen — In British Columbia, non-Asians who only date Asians, often in-migrants from another part of Canada moved here for that reason.
  • Rink Rat— Term used to describe people who work at a hockey rink and maintain the building/ice surface
  • Rippers — term for strippers or exotic dancers. Derived from the fact they rip their clothes off (eventually). They perform in Ripper Bars.
  • Rotten Ronnies — nickname for McDonalds
  • Runners — term for running shoes or 'sneakers'

S

  • Sasquatch — A creature similar to Bigfoot or Yeti, from the Halkemeylem word sesqac. In British Columbia often used to mean someone tall, large and shaggy or bearded. Also a Saskatchewan driver in Alberta, or an Albertan teen with Saskatchewan licence plates.
  • Saskatchewan Chrome — a derogatory term for duct tape
  • Sawbuck — a ten-dollar bill. A double sawbuck, more commonly used, is a twenty dollar bill.
  • Scarborough Suitcase — a 24-bottle case of beer, referencing the Scarborough suburb of Toronto.
  • Scare Canada — a derogatory term used with regard to national air carrier Air Canada
  • Scrappy Tire — hardware and automotive store Canadian Tire
  • Screech — a particularly potent type of Newfoundland rum. See Newfoundland Screech.
  • Sens — a non-derogatory term used to describe the Ottawa Senators hockey team.
  • Serviette — Paper napkin.
  • Sev — Usually a teenage term for the 7-11 convenience store. (Hey man, you going to sev?)
  • Shit Disturber — a person with a propensity & fondness for stirring up trouble
  • Shitty TV — derogatory term for nationwide TV network CityTV.
  • Siskiyou — in the British Columbia Interior, a bob-tail horse. A Californian Native American term transmitted to British Columbia during fur trade days via the Chinook Jargon.
  • Sixty-Sixer — A term for a sixty-two ounce (1.75 L) bottle of liquor (from the old 1/2 U.S. gallon size, 66.6 imp fl oz)
  • Skid — Derogatory term for someone who wears an 80s metal t-shirt, jean jacket, dirty/acid-washed jeans, a mullet, drives a trans-am, and/or lives in a trailer park. From Skid Row.
  • Skookum — A term used primarily, but not exclusively in British Columbia and Yukon Territory, from a Chinook word meaning "strong, powerful, good, cool, superlative or first rate" but also currently used to indicate "very good". (Skookum party last night, eh?, He's a skookum guy, that skookum with you?)
  • Sloblaws — Loblaws grocery stores
  • Sloshed, smashed — Intoxicated, drunk
  • Smog dog — hotdog from a Toronto street vendor (also called Street dog and Street meat)
  • Snowbirds — a reference to people, often senior citizens, who leave Canada during the winter months to reside in southern states of the U.S. (particularly Florida.)
  • S.O.L. — or "Shit Outta Luck". Used in reference to an unfortunate situation.
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  • Sp'ed — A person who is in need of Special Needs Services, derived from the now disused term "special education". (read: mentally deficient).
  • Spinny — when used in reference to a girl or woman in BC, this means a certain kind of talkative, not-all-there kind of personality, as in "man, she's a spinny chick, huh?" and "I dunno man - she's pretty spinny". See also Surrey girl (though the terms are nowhere near synonymous).
  • Spudhead — a person from Prince Edward Island, in reference to the province's abundance of potato farming
  • Square Head/English Muffin — Words used to describe English/Anglo Canadians, the former in French is "Tête Carré". "English Muffin" is often heard in New Brunswick schoolyards with its counterpart, "French Fry". In British Columbia, squarehead invariably is a derisive term for an ethnic German, i.e. someone who still has their accent and old-country hardliner attitudes. Not generally used to mean Austrians or Swiss.
  • Square of Beer — term used to describe a case of 24 bottles, as it resembles a square (used by Bob & Doug McKenzie in Strange Brew)
  • Street dog — A hotdog or sausage in a bun, sold from a street vendor (ubiquitous in Toronto) (also called Smog dog and Street meat)
  • Stubble Jumper — A person hailing from Saskatchewan. Relates to the province's vast farmlands that when harvasted, leave stubble.
  • Stupidstore — The Real Canadian Superstore (known as Atlantic Superstore in the Atlantic Provinces)
  • Suitcase — Case of twenty-four bottles of beer.
  • Surrey girl — an extremely derisive reference, but widespread in humour in BC's Lower Mainland, with an accompanying body of extremely sexist and classist jokes imputing a certain kind of "loose" lifestyle and "white trash" culture.
  • Surrey Tuxedo — Male attire consisting of T- shirt, Mac Jacket (usu. red/black plaid), Datyons (brand of locally made motorcycle boots) and jeans. Named after Surrey, British Columbia. Refers to the once common sight of this outfit on the streets of Surrey.
  • Swish — Homemade low-quality liquor. Can also mean a fancy or stylish person or outfit.
  • Swiss Pigeon — nickname for Swiss Chalet chicken restaurant

T-Z

  • "Take Off" — expression of disagreement or command to leave, similar to "get lost" ("Take off, you hoser!").
  • Telecaster — Term used in Nova Scotia to refer to a newspaper TV listings publication. Sometimes used in BC media English interchangeably with "broadcaster".
  • Texas Mickey — A 3 litre or larger bottle of liquor, despite the Texas reference, this is a purely Canadian term.
  • Tickety Boo — Meaning 'things are in good order' or 'good to go.' Perhaps a corruption of the Hindi 'thiik hai, babu' meaning 'it's all right sir' which may have been brought back from India via the UK by RCAF pilots in World War Two.
  • Townie — 1: Someone living in an urban area. Mostly used in Newfoundland; 2: Synonym for "a local", often heard in small university towns in reference to the students who are actually from the town. Also common in New England to refer to someone who has lived in a given town all of his or her life.
  • Tim's, Timmy's, Timmy Ho's, Timmy Ho-Ho'sTim Hortons doughnut chain; female employees of same are sometimes (affectionately) known as "TimTarts".
  • Tipper — A 3.75 litre bottle of liquor, sold with a metal frame used to support the bottle when pouring.
  • Toonie — Canadian two-dollar coin
  • Tory — a member of the Conservative Party of Canada; previously used to refer to one of its predecessors, the Progressive Conservatives
  • Tuque or toque — A knit winter hat sometimes with a ball of wool or a tassel on it.
  • twofer, two-four — a case of 24 beers (see 2-4)
  • twenty-sixer or two-six — a 26 oz bottle of alcohol like vodka etc. (see 2-6)
  • Tyee, usually hyas tyee, sometimes big tyee. A British Columbian term from the Chinook Jargon word for chief, meaning "boss", "head guy", "bigshot". In the combination hyas tyee (originally translated "king") and its anglicized equivalent big tyee, the addition of the hyas auxiliary not only adds an air of importance but also, potentially, of sarcasm. See hyas and hyas muckamuck. Tyee is also a word for a king-sized Chinook Salmon, and is often found in sport fishing lingo as well as throughout the Johnstone Strat-Queen Charlotte Strait area where such fish are the main attraction.
  • Ukrainian Tire — a nasty racial slur against Canadian Tire and Canadians of Ukrainian Descent. However, most Ukrainian-Canadians will not take offence, and will actually grin when you refer to the store as such.
  • Ukrainian Firing Squad — on the "old" fifty dollar bill, a representation of the RCMP Musical Ride appeared, with the mounted officers in a circle with their lances pointing at each other.
  • Vico — a small carton of chocolate milk (Saskatchewan)
  • Vomit Comet — The first Yonge St. bus going northbound after the subways in Toronto close down for the night and people start to filter out of downtown bars and clubs. The term is also used (at any hour) to refer to Toronto's streetcars, which remain in service 24 hours a day, and also transport drunken bar patrons home after the subway has shut for the night. The term is also used in British Columbia for certain bus runs, especially the night routes and "the 701", which connects Coquitlam to Maple Ridge.
  • Way too — Superlative ("That was way too funny"; "It's way too hot out today"). Common in Ontario's Niagara Peninsula.
  • Welly-MartWal-Mart "welly" is a derogatory term for welfare recipients, who are often seen at discount stores such as Wal-Mart.
  • Wenis — A stupid or intolerable person. Example: "Pewterspoon is such a wenis."
  • Wet Coast — The west coast of British Columbia, primarily in reference to its rainfall.

Canadian slang words or phrases for specific places or residents of specific places

  • The 416Toronto, Ontario, the specific area covered by the 416/647 telephone area codes
  • 519er — Someone from the rural areas of Southwestern Ontario that is served by the 519 area code. A nicer way of calling someone a backward country bumpkin
  • 7Toronto, Ontario, refers to Highway 7 in York Region, often used e.g. "7 and Woodbine". In British Columbia's Lower Mainland, 7 is also a Highway 7, the Lougheed Highway from Burnaby to Agassiz east along the north side of the Fraser River, and the main drag through all municipalities along that route.
  • The 905 — the suburbs to the west, north and east of Toronto, covered by the 905 telephone area code, including Halton, Peel, York and Durham regions. Many "905ers" identify with right-wing political views, an issue that gained recognition during the Mike Harris era.
  • AbbyAbbotsford, British Columbia; very common in speech throughout British Columbia, but especially in the Lower Mainland.
  • AlberiaAlberta, Canada, A portmanteau word combining Alberta and Siberia. Used to describe Alberta's cold climate and remote location.
  • The AlbertabahnAlberta Highway 2. Known for excessive speeding, this twinned highway between Edmonton and Calgary bears a resemblance to the Autobahn at times; also known as the "QE2".
  • The Ambassador — in Windsor, Ontario, refers to the Ambassador Bridge which links Windsor, Ontario in Canada with Detroit, Michigan in the United States.
  • Asiancourt — Slang for Agincourt, Ontario. Refers to its large Asian population.
  • The Bay — In broad Canadian usage, this will almost always refer to the Hudson's Bay Company department store (see Morgan's). In Ontario, "the Bay" may mean the city of North Bay, Ontario
  • B.G.Bright's Grove, Ontario
  • The Bend, a nickname for the town of Grand Bend in Southern Ontario, le Coude — the City of Moncton, New Brunswick
  • The Big OOlympic Stadium (Montreal)
  • The Big Smoke — now pervasive enough in Ontario to have come into use in the Canadian (Toronto-based) media to mean the City of Toronto, this term is of British Columbian origin and has been used to refer to the City of Vancouver since the milltown era of the 19th Century. The term was either a reference to the heavy mill-smoke locally, or to the pervasive cloud and fog of the city's location ("smoke" in the Chinook Jargon meant cloud and fog as well as smoke). Independently used for many cities around the world, notably London.
  • Billy's PuddleWilliams Lake, British Columbia. Also Willy's puddle and the Lake (which was also the local nicknname for its historic but recently-burned down beer parlour/hotel). Common throughout the Interior, but especially in the Cariboo.
  • Blahttawa — Derogatory name for Canada's Capital (Ottawa), referring to the perceived lack of club scene, lack of culture, and boring postcard-esque perfection.
  • Bluenoser — a term for a resident of Nova Scotia
  • Bogtrotter — a term for a resident of New Brunswick, also a term used by Newfoundlanders for inhabitants of the other Atlantic Provinces.
  • BramistanBrampton, Ontario, referring in part to the area's large population of Pakistani people
  • BramladeshBrampton, Ontario, referring in part to the area's sizable community of South Asian descent. A conflation of Bramalea (a planned community in eastern Brampton) and Bangladesh.
  • The Bridge CitySaskatoon, Saskatchewan, referring to the bridges across the South Saskatchewan River that link the east and west sides of the city
  • British California — alternate name for BC; a reference to the similarities between that province and the US state of California, including physical location, liberal society and political climate. See also "Left Coast".
  • BrockvegasBrockville, Ontario
  • Bumfuck nowhere, Buttfuck nowhere — mostly used in Ontario, refers to rural areas, most often remote villages or hamlets that are far from urban areas and often perceived as boring.
  • Bunkford — a derogatory reference to Brantford, Ontario.
  • Bush, the Bush — commonly used in British Columbia in the same way that Australians refer to the Outback, i.e. as a generic term, whether in relation hunting/outdoors or employment at mines or in the woods. In certain uses interchangeable with upcountry, but "the Bush" is never used to refer to any significant-sized town or agricultural area.
  • Buttcrack, Saskatchewan — derogatory term referring to rural Saskatchewan.
  • ByTownOttawa, Ontario (Bytown is the former name of the capital of Canada)
  • Cash CrickCache Creek, British Columbia. Very common, especially in the Interior.
  • CCRCanada's Capital Region. It includes both Ottawa, Ontario, and Gatineau, Québec
  • Canuck — Canadian
  • the Canyon — the Fraser Canyon area of British Columbia, especially referring to the highway and railway section north from Hope to Lytton, and often used to include the Thompson Canyon as far as Cache Creek. In other areas of BC used locally for local canyon roads, such as the Brohm Ridge-Cheakamus Canyon stretch of Highway 99 between Whistler and Squamish, or any of the several local canyons around Lillooet, specified as to which by context.
  • Caper — Someone from Cape Breton (Nova Scotia)
  • Centre of the Universe — A common opinion of those who live outside of Toronto, Ontario about how Torontonians view themselves and their city, often used in the formation Toronto (aka the Centre of the Universe)
  • The ChuckEdmonton, Alberta, short for its other nickname Edmonchuck, a reference to the city's dominant population of Canadians of Ukrainian descent. In British Columbia, the chuck is a reference to water, usually the straits and other inland waters between Vancouver and Vancouver Island from the Chinook Jargon and commonly used in marine English and in weather forecasts, e.g. it'll be fine out on the chuck. Also saltchuck.
  • ChillicOOtin — folksy variant of Chilcotin, very cowboy-ish.
  • ChillywackChilliwack. Normal pron. is Chil-lih-wak as opposed to the joke-name chih-lee-wak. Accent in both is on first syllable. Same category as Willy’s Puddle, Cash Crick, Lillywet, Chillicootin.
  • City of LakesDartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • City of SaintsMontreal, due to the large amount of churches and streets starting with "Saint-".
  • the Coast — in British Columbia, the generic term in the Interior for the coastal portions of the province. Theoretically including Vancouver Island and the city of Victoria, but when used in the Interior most likely to be in reference to Vancouver. In Vancouver, it will refer to that area and the coastal areas north. "The Coast", "the Island" and "the Interior" are the three main subdivisions of British Columbia, although the Coast can be used, even in Vancouver, to mean only that city. Usage: "You going down to the Coast?" (NB the expression "out to the Coast" is heard, often by Prairie people speaking about having moved to BC, "when I moved out to the Coast". And by that, they mean Vancouver, and only occasionally Victoria (in which case they're more likely to say "the Island").
  • The Coke — Very local slang for Etobicoke, Ontario, a municipality that is now part of Toronto. The "k" is silent in the pronunciation of Etobicoke. In British Columbia this term means the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt, the main route connecting the Lower Mainland to the southern Interior (Coquihalla is properly pronounced Cawk'-ihalla but many people pronounce it Coke'-ihalla)
  • the Cove — the Deep Cove neighbourhood at the eastern extremity of North Vancouver; never used for the community of the same name on the Saanich Peninsula near the Swartz Bay ferry terminal.
  • CowtownCalgary, Alberta
  • CultusCultus Lake, British Columbia. Cultus is a Chinook Jargon word meaning "bad, worthless, garbage, untrustworthy" (depending on what's being talked about), or just "ordinary, run-of-the-mill". Cultus Lake has a story about an evil spirit associated with it, but in modern speech "Cultus" used by itself refers to the lake and its resort village and campsites.
  • The DarksideDartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • Deadmonton — negative reference to Edmonton, Alberta
  • Dead RearRed Deer, Alberta
  • Deerfoot 500 — known municipally as Deerfoot Trail, refers to the portion of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway within the city of Calgary, Alberta. So called because of the high speeds usually seen on this freeway, reminiscent of the Indianapolis 500
  • Ditchland or DitchmondRichmond, British Columbia — refers to the number of deep roadside ditches that were formerly on all streets in the city and remain typical in some areas (Richmond was mainly farmland at one time, most if below sea-level or river-level. The ditches are the drainage system which prevents the city from tidewaters, or from reverting to a delta-marsh, which is its natural state. In areas where the ditches are no longer seen, they have been replaced by culverts).
  • The 'Dome — the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta (home of the Calgary Flames). Also referred to the Skydome in Toronto, Ontario, now known as the Rogers Centre.
  • Don Valley Parking LotToronto, Ontario, refers to the constant traffic jams on the Don Valley Parkway into downtown Toronto.
  • downhomer — a person from Newfoundland; sometimes refers to a person from any part of Atlantic Canada.
  • The Drive — Vancouver’s Commercial Drive alternative-culture district, overlain with the old core of Vancouver’s Little Italy (which now extends out East Hastings into Burnaby Heights).
  • DrumDrumheller, Alberta
  • Drunken DuncanDuncan, British Columbia derogatory term.
  • Dudberrians a derogatory term for the citizens of Greater Sudbury, Ontario
  • EOA — acronym for East Of Adelaide, Adelaide being a street which (at least metaphorically) divides London, Ontario in two, with the east side being historically viewed as the proverbial "wrong side of the tracks".
  • Edmonchuk — A name for Edmonton, Alberta, referring to the large Ukrainian population.
  • Edmonotone — negative reference to Edmonton, Alberta
  • E-townEdmonton, Alberta also Esquimalt (for example, E-Town boys)
  • Etobicrack, Etobichoke, Etobicoke— A derogatory name for Etobicoke, Ontario; the name is properly pronounced 'Etobicoe', but the last slang term is pronounced as it's spelled.
  • Farrie — A derogatory name for the City of Barrie, Ontario, due to the high percentage of Homosexual citizens.
  • The Falls — The City of Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • The Fax — An amiable name for Halifax, Nova Scotia's capital.
  • Freddy Town / Freddy Beach — The city of Fredericton, New Brunswick.
  • The Fort — The city of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.
  • Fort Mac — The city of Fort McMurray, Alberta.
  • Fort McMoney — Also refers to the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Refers to the extremely high wages, extremely high costs, and high growth of this northern isolated city.
  • The Fruit Belt — Refers to the Niagara Peninsula on account of the large quantity of produce grown there.
  • The GapSaskatchewan and Manitoba - referring to the flat prairie that makes up most of southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Sometimes used by Manitobans referring to Saskatchewan, although the use of both provinces is more accurate.
  • Gasoline Alley — Refers to the vast strip of gas stations and fast food outlets along both sides of Alberta Highway 2 immediately south of Red Deer, Alberta. The term is so popular that it is now referenced in freeway exit ramp signs.
  • Gay Bay – English Bay Beach in Vancouver, on the edge of the gay-intensive West End. Usually used derisively (and not at all by the gay community). There’s also “the Fruit Loop”, which is the park-sex part of Stanley Park near Second Beach/Lost Lagoon.
  • The Gaybourhood — A section of central Toronto with a high percentage of homosexual residents and businesses, radiating out from the intersection of Church St. and Wellesley St.
  • The Ghetto — see McGill Ghetto, Queen's Ghetto
  • GOR — frequently used acronym for 'Greater Ottawa Region'. Generally restricted to Ontario, but sometimes includes Gatineau, Québec and surrounding area.
  • G-spot — A name for Guelph, Ontario
  • GTA — frequently used acronym for 'Greater Toronto Area'
  • Giv'er — The village of South River, Ontario. Adapted from the informal town motto "Giv'er, Giv'er, South River!"
  • Harrison” — Harrison Hot Springs
  • HaliHalifax, Nova Scotia
  • The Hammer — the City of Hamilton, Ontario
  • Hammer-Town — another name for Hamilton
  • Happy RockGladstone, Manitoba
  • The HatMedicine Hat, Alberta
  • Heroin Mills — a nickname (in jest) of the suburb of Erin Mills in Mississauga, Ontario.
  • Herring Choker — alternately any resident of the maritimes (though most often in reference to a New Brunswicker), or a fisherman in the Great Lakes region (usually of Scandinavian descent).
  • Highway 10 — Hurontario Road in Mississauga, Ontario, often used by people who knew it as Highway 10 before it was downloaded to the city. In BC's Lower Mainland, Highway 10, Number 10, or simply "ten" refers to provincial highway 10, a major regional arterial which runs from Langley City to Ladner and is identical to 56th Avenue across the municipalities of Surrey and Delta.
  • The HillRichmond Hill, Ontario. Also alumni or student slang for Simon Fraser University, which is atop Burnaby Mountain (really a large hill). Also short for Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
  • Hogtown — the City of Toronto
  • Hollywood North — the City of Vancouver, refers to the high number of American films shot there. Can also refer to Toronto for the same reason, but the context of the industry slang usage which coined this term was specifically the British Columbian film industry, which is a short flight away from Hollywood, CA.
  • Hongcouver — derogatory term for the City of Vancouver, referring to the high number of Chinese immigrants. Originally coined by Chinese street youth to brag about "the takeover" but once used by the National Geographic for an article on the city's post-Expo Asian influx, denounced by mainstream Chinese spokespeople as a racist term.
  • The Hub — in the city of Kingston, Ontario, refers to the intersection of Princess and Division Sts. where a large confluence of bars is found
  • The Hub City — the city of Moncton, New Brunswick, the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • The Interior — all of mainland British Columbia except the Lower Mainland and the North Coast. Sometimes erroneously spelled by Central Canadian editors as a non-capital 'i'. The Central Interior is roughly the region bounded by Kamloops-Williams Lake, the Southern Interior all the area south of that. Prince George and beyond is the Northern Interior, typically referred to as "the North".
  • Ipperschwitz — used by some Army Cadets to refer to Camp Ipperwash, Ontario; a reference to the death camp at Auschwitz and obviously not complimentary.
  • The Island — in northern Ontario, referring to Manitoulin Island; in Southwestern British Columbia, referring to Vancouver Island (as opposed to the Islands which refers to the lesser islands as a group; in Atlantic Canada, referring to Prince Edward Island; in Windsor, Nova Scotia referring to Neisbet Street as it is on the other side of Highway 101 from the rest of the town.
  • JokevilleOakville, Ontario
  • The KapKapuskasing, Ontario
  • K-CountryKananaskis, Alberta
  • Kits — Vancouver's Kitsilano area. See also schiz. Archaic children's fun-name was Kiss-a-rhino.
  • KW or KdubKitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
  • Kwez'-nelQuesnel, British Columbia. Never appears in print, only in speech, and somewhat derogatory. Usual pronunciation is kweh-NEL, the French original is roughly like the Celtic name "Connell".
  • Ktown, K-TownKingston, Ontario, Kelowna, British Columbia, Kitchener, Ontario
  • L.A.Lethbridge, Alberta
  • Lakehead, The LakeheadThunder Bay, Ontario
  • Langhole — district of Langford (Victoria, BC)
  • Left Coast — term used to refer to British Columbia; the phrase is often applied in the United States to California; both are a reference to left-wing politics and used to describe the more liberal attitudes of those regions in comparison to the rest of the country. An early user of the phrase was Allan Fotheringham, writing for the Sun chain of newspapers.
  • Lethbian — Citizen of Lethbridge, Alberta
  • LillywetLillooet, British Columbia. Pretty much only used by locals and those in eeighbouring towns and areas. Lillooet is often mispronounced this way, but when locals use it it's a joke-name with a "hick" tone and is in the same category as Billy’s Puddle, Chilicootin or Cache Crick or Pembertoonians.
  • the Line — the US-Canada border in British Columbia. Especially used in the Lower Mainland, particularly the Fraser Valley and other areas close to the border across the province.
  • The LooWaterloo, Ontario
  • The LoopsKamloops, British Columbia
  • Loserpeg — derogatory nickname for Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Lotus LandBritish Columbia, especially the Lower Mainland around Vancouver
  • Lower Mainland; the Greater Vancouver-Fraser valley area of BC, apposite to "upcountry" (q.v), the Interior, the North, and the North Coast. The origin of this term is that the Fraser delta-Vancouver area is virtually at sea level, vs. the extreme heights of nearly all the communities on the Interior Plateau, the "upper mainland" (though it is never called such).
  • The MainSaint Lawrence Boulevard in Montreal
  • Mainland — 1: All of British Columbia except the islands; 2: Used in Cape Breton to refer to the rest of Nova Scotia. 3: Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island Used to refer to the rest of Canada. See Lower Mainland.
  • Mainlander — Used by Newfoundlanders and Prince Edward Islanders to refer to a person from mainland Canada; often used in the derogatory. Also used by Vancouver Islanders in the same way but primarily referring to residents of the Greater Vancouver area.
  • the Malahat — a region of southern Vancovuer Island and the route of the Trans-Canada Highway over its eastern mountain-rim above Saanich Inlet, between Victoria and Duncan, B.C.. In ordinary usage this term generally refers to the highway (and the state of its traffic or road conditions).
  • ManisnowbaManitoba, referring to the harsh winters with a large average snowfall (see also Winterpeg)
  • McGill Ghetto — refers to the area surrounding McGill University where many of its students reside. This term originally applied only to the area north of Sherbrooke Street between Ave Universite and Ave Parc, immediately east of the main McGill campus area.
  • The Met — refers to Quebec Autoroute 40
  • Metrotown – refers to the whole region of South Burnaby, British Columbia, flanking Kingsway around the shopping centre of the same name. Originally the name of the development but now part of ordinary local speech for this area. Often used semi-derisively or to invoke certain images of a group of large malls constantly packed, a certain kind of traffic environment, bland high-density housing and the atmosphere of the multiple-mall .
  • The MF — Short for Maryfield, Saskatchewan, a little place in the south east part of the province.
  • Miseryauga — derogatory term used to describe Mississauga, Ontario
  • Mississausage — Toronto suburb Mississauga, Ontario
  • M-ton — non-deragotary term to describe Milton, Ontario
  • MonkeytownMoncton, New Brunswick
  • Morgan's — in Montreal, the usual local name (even in French) for the downtown Hudson's Bay Company department store, which originally had been Morgan's Department Store. "Spencer's" is also sometimes used to mean the Eaton's Department Store.
  • The Mountain — term used to describe the Niagara Escarpment that passes through Hamilton, ON. Most decidedly NOT a mountain. Also used in Montreal to mean Mount Royal, which also is decidedly NOT a mountain. In BC, this term is sometimes used for Burnaby Mountain, aka "the Hill", where Simon Fraser University is, but in general if you were to use a sentence with "the Mountain" as if it were somewhere specific, most people would say "Which mountain?.
  • Mount Unpleasant — somewhat derogatory term for Mount Pleasant, a neighbourhood in Vancouver, not used as of late due to gentrification of the area
  • MoWest — refers to the city of Montreal West, Quebec, just outside Montreal.
  • Mudson — somewhat derogatory but lovingly local name for Edson, Alberta, based on it's marshy underpinnings and substandard paving.
  • N.D.G. — refers to the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce district of Montreal
  • Newfie, Newf — a person from Newfoundland; often considered derogatory if used by someone other than a Newfoundlander.
  • New WestNew Westminster
  • No Fun City — An epithet for Vancouver, British Columbia referring to the city's anti-public gatherings policies (the only major or "world class" city worldwide that did not have a Y2K bash). Originally street/club slang, now part of local media English, and regularly denied by the politicians and other promoters of the city.
  • NOP — North of Princess, often derogatory. Princess, the principle street in Kingston, also serves as a dividing line between middle and lower class Kingston.Kingston, Ontario
  • Oak-vileOakville, Ontario
  • O-DotOrangeville, Ontario
  • O-TownOttawa, Ontario, to some, Oakville, Ontario
  • Onterrible — Derogatory Atlantic Canadian slang for Ontario.
  • Out East — A summary term used in Western Canada (BC specifically) to classify anyone born and raised east of Manitoba- used with less negative connotation as "Torontonian"
  • P-Town — Term used to describe Pickering, Ontario and Peterborough, Ontario
  • The PegWinnipeg, Manitoba
  • Peg CityWinnipeg, Manitoba
  • PEIslander — a term ((used affectionately)) to describe a person from Prince Edward Island
  • Pembertoonian — residents of the area of Pemberton, just northeast of Whistler, and largely not used in Pemberton itself. This usage is relatively common in Whistler, Lillooet and Squamish, but Pembertoon is rare, if used at all. In the same category of mock-hick joke-names as Lilly-wet, Willie's Puddle/Billy's Puddle, Chilicootin and Chilliywack.
  • People's Republic of Saskatchewan; a reference to the long history of socialist government in that province.
  • Peterpatch or "the Patch" — Peterborough, Ontario
  • P.G.Prince George, British Columbia
  • Pig's GorgePrince George, British Columbia, for the sulfide odour from the digestion of pulp that fills the natural bowl like valley the city is located in.
  • Pile O' BonesRegina, Saskatchewan
  • The Plateau — a neighbourhood in Montreal, also shorthand-slang for the Westwood Plateau area of Coquitlam, British Columbia.
  • Poco - Port Coquitlam; part of the “Tri-Cities”, aka PoCoMo, which is (combined) Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Port Moody, lately redubbed the Northeast Sector because of smaller municipalities adjoining the larger three (Anmore, Belcarra). Coquitlam is pronounced Ko-KWIT-lam by the way (“stinking/rotting fish” is its meaning in Halqemeylem, roughly translated)
  • PMSToronto Refers to Pickering, Mississauga and Scarborough.
  • PrincePrince George, British Columbia
  • Queen CityRegina, Saskatchewan.
  • Queen's Ghetto — Refers to the area surrounding Queen's University where many of its students reside.
  • Rancherie, the RancherieThe rancherie is a frontier-era word adapted from the California usage of the Spanish rancheria (meaning the labourers' village on a rancho) still in common use referring to (in each case) a certain residential area of an Indian Reserve, generally the oldest one. Accent is on first syllable, "ch" as in Spanish and English, not French. See also the Rez
  • R.D.P. — refers to the Rivière-des-Prairies district of Montreal
  • Redmonton — derogatory name for Edmonton, Alberta, referring to its left-leaning politics relative to the rest of the province.
  • the Rez — An Indian Reserve, particularly its residential area. Found across in Canada, generally used by First Nations English-speakers, but in BC commonly used in towns and areas with large local native populations, Indian Reserves are often right in town, or a neighbourhood within town, so "you live up on the rez?" etc is fairly common among non-First Nations people. See also Rancherie
  • the RidgeMaple Ridge, British Columbia. Maple Ridge is also known by the name of its downtown area Haney. That term, when said in a certain light, refers to the local chapter of an outlaw motorcycle gang.
  • Ridge-Meadows Maple Ridge, British Columbia and Pitt Meadows together. This has come into use in recent years in official use and become current in speech as a result. It’s mostly used in corporate and institutioanl/organization English, e.g. the Ridge-Meadows RCMP.
  • River CityWinnipeg, Manitoba
  • R.O.C. — "Rest of Canada", often used by Quebecois in conversations with anglophones. (e.g. "This happens only in Quebec and not in the R.O.C.")
  • The Rock — Newfoundland (also used for Vancouver Island on the west coast, particularly for Greater Victoria)
  • Rocky — The town of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
  • RupertPrince Rupert, British Columbia
  • Sack Vegas — Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. Due to illegal home-based casinos.
  • Saltchuck — In British Columbia, the chuck is a reference to water, usually the straits and other inland waters between Vancouver and Vancouver Island from the Chinook Jargon and commonly used in marine English and in weather forecasts, e.g. it'll be fine out on the saltchuck tomorrow. Also chuck.
  • SaskabushSaskatchewan or in some circles, Saskatoon
  • SARSboroughScarborough, a nickname for the Toronto suburb following the SARS incident.
  • 'SaugaMississauga, Ontario.
  • Scarcity — Nickname for Scarborough.
  • Scarghetto — Another derogatory name for Scarborough.
  • Scarbage — Yet another derogatory name for Scarborough.
  • ScarberiaScarborough, a suburban part of Toronto, a derogatory reference to its desolation.
  • Scarblackistan — Another name for Scarborough.
  • Scar Lanka — Another name for Scarborough.
  • Scarlem — Alternative name for Scarborough (refers to Harlem), a derogatory reference to its somewhat high crime rate.
  • The 'Scarp - The Niagara Escarpment.
  • Sherwood Forest — A name for Sherwood Park, Alberta, a suburb of Edmonton that has been known to incorporate aspects of the Robin Hood mythos into its identity.
  • Schitz or Skits — slang for the Kitsilano area of Vancouver, also known as Kits, from the short form for schizophrenic/shizoid
  • Scompton — Alternative name for Scarborough (refers to Compton, Los Angeles, California), a derogatory reference to its somewhat high crime rate.
  • Shitby — A derogatory name for Whitby, Ontario
  • The ShwaOshawa, Ontario
  • Singhdale — Reffering to the sub-division in Brampton, Ontario, Referring to the amount of people of south asian decent.
  • Squaw, Lookout! — A derogatory and racist slur of Sioux Lookout, Ontario, due to the high population of Native people.
  • Slurrey — Derogatory name for Surrey, British Columbia.
  • The SmokeToronto
  • South Shore — refers to Montreal's suburbs on the southern shore of the Saint Lawrence River
  • Speedy CreekSwift Current, Saskatchewan
  • Spudhead — a person from Prince Edward Island, in reference to the province's abundance of potato farming
  • Squish, Squeamish, SqamptonSquamish, British Columbia
  • St. Kitts — affectionate reference to the city of St. Catharines located in the Niagara Regional Municipality, Ontario in Southern Ontario.
  • Steeltown — the city of Hamilton, Ontario
  • S'toonSaskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Stubblejumper — a resident of the prairies.
  • T-Hill, T-HillerThornhill, Ontario, A person hailing from Thornhill Ontario
  • The Soo, The SaultSault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • The City That Fun ForgotOttawa, Ontario; frequently used by CHEZ FM DJs Doc and Woody, when describing a newsstory where a group of merrymakers are forced to stop
  • The VagRegina, Saskatchewan
  • Terminal CityVancouver, in reference to the city being the terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway
  • Tijuana NorthWindsor, Ontario, in reference to its reputation for attracting 19 and 20-year old American youth to its numerous bars, pubs and novelty clubs. Also refers to it's large casino ( Casino Windsor ) and its licensed escort services.
  • Tillbilly — a derogatory reference to residents of Tilbury, Ontario, likening them to hillbillies
  • T.M.R.Mont-Royal, Quebec
  • T. O.Toronto
  • Tobacco Belt — refers to the large confluence of tobacco farms in Southwestern Ontario, often around the Tillsonburg area.
  • the T-dotToronto (from T. O.), adapted in slang for almost any city or town (eg. Ottawa becomes "the O-dot", London "L-dot", North Bay "N-dot", Sarnia "S-dot", Peterborough "P-dot")
  • Tony CreekStoney Creek, a suburb of Hamilton with a large Italian population which in a previous era had lived in downtown Hamilton.
  • TransCan, T-Can — reference to the Coast-to-Coast highway, also called the Number 1. Begins in Victoria, British Columbia, ends in St John's, Newfoundland. Is also the world's longest national highway at 7821km.
  • Trashcona — Derogative term for the suburb of Transcona on the North East side of Winnipeg, Manitoba, used by people from the rest of Winnipeg
  • Tundra Bay, T-BayThunder Bay, Ontario
  • The Sturgeon Stretch — The straight stretch of Highway 17 between Sturgeon Falls, Ontario and North Bay, Ontario
  • The Tunnel — in Windsor, Ontario, refers to the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel which links Windsor, Ontario in Canada with Detroit, Michigan in the United States.
  • Toon Town, The ToonSaskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Turkeytown — Derogatory East Coast term for Toronto
  • The 'ttwa — short form for Ottawa, Ontario
  • Upcountry — British Columbian term for the Interior and the province's north. If used in the southern Interior, upcountry would mean the northern Interior. Not generally used in reference to the Coast, in which case Up Coast is more likely to be used. This expression is roughly apposite to the "lower" sense of Lower Mainland. See also "the Bush".
  • Upper-Canadian — A name (usually derogatory) for a person from Southern Ontario referring to the old (pre-1840) name for the province. Usually used by Atlantic Canadians.
  • The Valley — Referring to Chemical Valley in Sarnia, Ontario. Mildly (or affectionately) derogative, implying a rural lack of sophistication. Can also refer to the Ottawa Valley, particularly rural areas thereof, as in "He's a real valley boy" or "That's a wicked valley accent", or to the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, or to Valley East, part of Greater Sudbury, Ontario, ex. "Those crazy Valley people", "I'm driving out to the Valley" etc. In British Columbia, the capital-v Valley is invariably the Lower Fraser Valley adjacent to Greater Vancouver. Other valleys in the province are generally referred to by name, either in the formation the Cowichan Valley or the Comox Valley or simply at the Okanagan, the Bulkley, the North Thompson, i.e. with no "valley" required (though sometimes attached, but non-capitalized)
  • Van (Van-City) — Vancouver. More commonly seen with the regions or suburbs of Vancouver, e.g., East Vancouver, North Van, West Van.
  • VansterdamVancouver. Referring to the large cannabis subculture in the city of Vancouver.
  • VicVictoria. Also Vic West, which is the Victoria neighbourhood between the Inner Harbour and the border of the City of Esquimalt. Vic West is so current it is used in official names and documents, such as those from the City of Victoria, and is also common in newscast English.
  • Vicboria — nickname for Victoria, British Columbia
  • Waterloo-sers — Derogatory term used to refer primarily to people from Waterloo, Ontario, or graduated or attending the University of Waterloo.
  • Water, Water, Water, Loo, Loo, Loo — Rallying cheer used in University of Waterloo, to incite school spirit. Usually, a person having control of an audience says Water, Water, Water, and the crowd is supposed to answer Loo, Loo, Loo. The nature of UW makes it unlikely to receive much response from a non-Arts crowd.
  • Wally-World — [Western Provinces], a common nickname for Wal-Mart. In British Columbia, the nickname for the Whalley area of North Surrey and its "special" atmosphere. See Surrey girl.
  • The West Coast — in all of Canada except British Columbia, the Lower Mainland of that province, particularly Greater Vancouver itself. The media usage "WestCoast" is a latter-day invention and represents an "outside" world view. In British Columbia, the West Coast, if used in conversation or heard in the media in a provincial context, most likely will refer to the West Coast of Vancouver Island, particularly the Tofino-Ucluelet area (Long Beach National Park).
  • Willie's Puddle — Williams Lake, British Columbia, used throughout the Interior, but especially in the Cariboo. Also Billy's Puddle and the Lake (which was also a name for its historic but recently-burned down beer parlour/hotel)
  • Wop Bridge — Derogatory term for Woodbridge, Ontario in relation to the Italian population of the city.
  • West Island — name given to the mostly suburban boroughs of the western portion of the city of Montreal, also know as "The Waste Island" (In a derogatory sense)
  • WolfvegasAnnapolis Valley, name for Wolfville, Nova Scotia
  • WinterpegWinnipeg, referring to that city's harsh winters ("We're goin' to Winterpeg, Manisnowba / Manitscoldout)
  • Whiteby — term for Whitby, Ontario referring to the city's abundance of white residents
  • Woodbridge English — refers to the Brooklyn-like accent spoken by the youth (chiefly of Mediterranean descent) of the generally Italian suburb north of Toronto.
  • Yard Bird — term used for KFC (Kentucy Fried Chicken) or atleast by Ol' How. Also referred to as 'Kentucky Duck'

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