Canadian Word of the Month: Eavestrough

Hey there!

Last month, I told you about the awesome Canadian word “keener”.

I hope you’ve been using it because I have another Canadian word for you to learn!

Eavestrough: Rain gutter.

Eavestrough

If you don’t have eavestroughs in Canada, water just pours straight off the roof and onto the sidewalk, driveway, etc. Inevitably the water then turns to ice, and inevitably someone walks on the ice and slips and cracks his head open.

So it’s important to have eavestroughs.

Let’s chat: Try using the word eavestrough in a sentence.

Canadian Word of the Month: Keener

Hello!

Last month, I told you about the awesome Canadian word “toque”.

I hope you’ve been using it because I have another Canadian word for you to learn!

Keener: A person who extremely eager or enthusiastic.

Keener

Can you spot the keener in this picture?

It’s usually used to describe overly enthusiastic students.

I can always pick out the keeners in the nutrition classes I teach because they email me a month before the semester starts to find out what textbook we will be using.

Let’s chat: Do you know any keeners?

Canadian Word of the Month: Toque

Hello!

I was born and raised in Canada but have lived in the U.S. since 2007. People don’t usually notice my accent but discover I’m Canadian through words I use.

Since I think these are great words and strongly believe they should catch on, I thought it would be a good idea to provide you with a word per month education.

I won’t try to claim these words are everywhere in Canada or nowhere in the U.S. They are simply words that I use in everyday conversation, but that most Americans around me have never heard before.

Toque or tuque: a knit cap designed to keep your head and ears warm.

Toque

Americans often call them hats, toboggans, or beanies.

Let’s be clear. A toboggan is something you sit on to slide down a snowy hill. Not something you wear on your head.

Let’s chat: Do you use a word other than toque?
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