Should you ever find yourself in Canada and don’t understand the conversation, here’s a handy guide. (And if none of these come up…well, you just might be in the French-speaking part of Canada.)
Keener: A person who tries desperately to please others or who’s just far too enthusiastic.
Runners: Running shoes, sneakers.
Supply teacher: A substitute teacher.
Parkade: A parking garage.
Garburator: An in-sink garbage disposal.
“That’s jokes!”: “That’s hilarious!”
Two-four: A case of beer, which contains 24 (or two-four ) individual servings.
Mickey: Another drinking term, this refers to a small, flask-sized bottle of hard alcohol.
Doeskin. You’ve probably seen the stereotypical image of a lumberjack, and how they’re often depicted wearing thick red or green flannel jackets. In British Columbia, those jackets are called doeskins.
Hinky: Suspect or unreliable.
Whitener: Powdered nondairy creamer.
Jib: Crystal meth.
Bunny hug: A term for hooded sweatshirt (used almost entirely within Saskatchewan).
Stubble jumper: A person from the prairie provinces, particularly Alberta or Saskatchewan.
Hydro: Electricity. (A lot of Canadian power was once — and still is — hydroelectric power.)
The 6ix: Pronounced “the six,” it was coined by popular Canadian musician Drake to refer to the Toronto metropolitan area (it’s comprised of six cities) as well as the name of a restaurant he opened.
Hang a Larry: Make a left turn.
Hang a Roger: Make a right turn.
Chirp: To make fun of somebody (in western Canada).
Beak: To make fun of somebody (in Eastern Canada).
Gitch: An old pair of men’s underwear, specifically the kind that in the U.S. is colloquially known as “tighty-whities.”
Skookum: Very strong.
Squatch: An especially hairy man who also doesn’t smell very good. (It’s obviously an abbreviation of “Sasquatch.”)
Skid: A poor person.
Wheel: To try to woo and win over the object of one’s romantic fancy.