If you find someone saying "aboot" and "eh" in every other sentence you likely haven't found a Canadian. What you have probably found is an American pretending to be a Canadian. Confused? You should be.
Free health care, a lower drinking age and access to affordable igloos have created many fake Canadians, or "faux-nucks" as we like to call them here. For generations Americans have been crossing the border to avoid wars, purchase prescription medicine and listen to Celine Dion albums (an acceptable practice in Canada that could get American tarred and feathered.) These Americans have done their best to blend into Canadian society during their trips up north. Unfortunately this practice has also made it difficult to spot a true Canadian when you see one. But never fear, we here at How To Spot A Canadian understand how important it is to identify and catalog all Canadians, so we have another tip for you.
Canadians speak with what is known as Canadian Raising. Canadians don't actually say "aboot," but they do pronounce the word differently. An American attempting to duplicate the Canadian accent will likely exaggerate the accent, and this is how you can spot a true Canadian from a fake one. Another way to is to ask the person if they are saying "aboot." An American will laugh and mention how all Canadians pronounce it "aboot" while a true Canadian will be confused. It's difficult for Canadians to hear their own accents.
If this doesn't help, take a look at their back pack.
Thanks to reader Brandi for this idea and for the "Canadian Raising" link. If you have an idea for the site please Email Us. We're always looking for new ways to spot Canadians.
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