Results from the Canada-Based Survey on Linguistic Regionalisms

Pop vs Soda vs Soft drink

Pop vs Soda vs Soft drink

Pop is that prototypical Canadianism that distinguishes us from our neighbours to the south, who typically use soda to describe the fizzy, sweetened beverage. And for the most part, it’s true. But Quebeckers smash that assumption, with 63% preferring the term soft drink to pop. Even Manitobans buck the trend, with 20% opting for each of soda and soft drink.

Convenience store vs Depanneur vs Corner store

Convenience store vs Depanneur vs Corner store

It turns out that there is quite a bit of variation in how Canadians like to call the neighbourhood general store, typically open late. Much of Canada prefers convenience store, while Cape Breton and a few other I    regions    strongly    prefer    corner    store.    Quebecers,    of course, call it a depanneur.

Toque vs Hat

Toque vs Hat

A lovable Canadianism, the toque has become a symbol of Canadians’ kinship with the frigid north. But while much of Canada embraces the term (particularly the West), respondents in Nunavut and Newfoundland would rather just call it a hat. Many Newfoundlanders also suggested stocking cap as their preferred term for the wintertime headwear.

Garburator vs Garbage disposal

Garburator vs Garbage disposal

The term garburator, referring to the waste disposal unit installed in a kitchen sink, appears to have been an early brand name in Canada that became genencized. The term has stuck in much of the West, including in BC with over 80% of residents preferring it.

Pencil crayon vs Coloured pencil vs Lead

Pencil crayon vs Coloured pencil vs Lead

The pencil crayon is that uniquely Canadian term that most people west of Quebec assumed is just standard across the country. Think again! In Nova Scotia and Quebec, respondents prefer the more American coloured pencil, while Newfoundlanders go their own way with this one, calling it a lead.

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