Canadian, Eh?
by Karla ° Friday, June 13, 2008
While exploring this desert oasis of urban-infused glitter, Mark and I struck up a conversation with a Vegas local who, before even hearing our accents, pegged us as Canadian. He even identified the province that I was born in (Alberta). Stunned, I asked how he could have possibly known that, and he just laughed and said that after seeing as many people as he does, it’s very easy to identify characteristics and features.

Although I totally planned wear my tuque in this sweltering desert heat, apparently I forgot to pack it while I was busy putting my pants on inside out. And since we reluctantly left our toboggan at home, too, my question is this: what possibly could have so clearly identified us as Canadian on a street bustling with exotic multiculturalism, eh?


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But wait a minute, when I was in Vegas they asked me if I was Canadian. Is there some Canadian look that I'm somehow emulating? I know it can't be my accent (from the Ozarks, hello)

Let me guess: You were smiling, polite, cordial even. Clearly, Canadian. I've had the wonderful opportunity to visit Canada a couple of times recently (Toronto and Sault St. Marie) and I was truly in awe over how nice everyone was. It is a dead give away.
Posted by Blogger jenschulze :  June 13, 2008

That is very weird. Pegging your country is surprising, but the Alberta thing is crazy.
Posted by Blogger Anvilcloud :  June 13, 2008

I have no clue how they pegged you. People usually guess im from wisconsin after i speak, even though im from michigan. Ever see southpark? Their canadians have square tires and strange faces... maybe theyre onto easily identifying canadians as well. I have no idea. HAve fun though !
Posted by Anonymous Mary :  June 13, 2008

Were you drinking beer? Non-American beer? That could do it.
Posted by Blogger Assertagirl :  June 13, 2008

I would bet the accent and the manners. The way you say your vowels.
Though I can't tell the difference between accents by provinces.

Yes, and probably your drinks.
In 2001, I tried to order a caesar on a American cruise ship and they had only ever heard of the salad.
Posted by Blogger Ms.Carson :  June 13, 2008

Wow ~ I have no idea how they knew that ~ maybe it is just his 'people watching' that has given him the clues to where people are from ~
Hope you are having the best time (I am sure you are!!),
Hugs ~ Tabitha XXX
Posted by Blogger Tabitha :  June 14, 2008

If you ever figure out the reason how he managed to know you were Canadian, let me know!
Hope your having a great time!
Love Amanda x
Posted by Blogger Amanda :  June 14, 2008

Umm. This may sounds mean, but I think we have better manners. Actually much better manners.
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  June 15, 2008

I don't bet he could have guessed where I'm from. Most people are surprised to find out I'm from the South.

What the hell is a tuque and a toboggan?
Posted by Blogger Christi :  June 15, 2008

So, do you throw in 'hey' after the end of sentences occasionally, instead of the blatantly Canadian 'eh'? That was the first thing that I noticed about Albertans. That and the humming to anything vaguely country.
And for Christi...A tuque (or toque or touque) is a French-Canadian term for a winter knit cap, most often with a pom pom on top. And a toboggan? Are you serious?!! It's a sled. I really didn't think that was unique to us Canucks!
Posted by Blogger Mama T :  June 15, 2008

I bet it was because I wasn't wearing a fanny pack...

i'ts obviously because you are so hot :)
Posted by Blogger Ali :  June 17, 2008

It may not be unique to Canadians, but we don't get snow here, so we have zero need for a toboggan. I know what snow skis are, does that count?
Posted by Blogger Christi :  June 18, 2008


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