Americans tend to make fun of how Canadians speak. They do something with their ‘ou’ words so words like ‘about’ which we pronounce /ah’bowt/ sounds like /ah’boat/ They also end their sentences with ‘eh’ and we think that’s funny. It’s a stereo-type, but a pretty universal one across Americans. I’m not sure if it carries to other regions though. I don’t think the English get the ‘eh’ joke. But Americans don’t dislike Canadians. We just have a laugh when they speak.
It’s true though, that some English people automatically dislike Americans. There are stereo-types about Americans that English assume, i.e. we’re all rich. And obnoxious. And loud? Hmmm.
So sometimes it’s easier to be Canadian. As in, when someone we don’t know turns around after hearing us speak and says:
“Oy! Are you AMERICAN?!” “Um, no we’re Canadian.”
Then they leave you alone. If you say yes, well, your ear will be talked off, and not usually the most pleasant of conversations. I don’t have money to loan them, I don’t have an opinion about Obama to discuss, and I’m not in the country to be on the dole. So leave me alone. Thank you. If it takes telling them I’m Canadian to halt the conversation, so be it.
Here’s the rub though. It’s too much effort to keep it up. Mr. Stone ALWAYS gets it wrong too. If someone asks from where, he tells them Montreal. [Groan.] That’s FRENCH Canada. Whoops. This farce only works from ENGLISH Canada. [Insert finger shaped like L on forehead here.]
Anyhoo, this was a rant about stero-types. Back on topic, I did have a reason to kvetch.
You see, there’s this woman I know. I’ve known her for three years. I will know here for a long time. Our town is a small one, or cicles overlap. There should be SOME attempt at civility, no?
Apparently not. She doesn’t like Americans. Full stop. She hasn’t even given me a chance. She told another mum that some Americans her husband worked with were a nightmare. And she dislikes Americans. She wasn’t talking about me. She was generalizing. So our whole country has been written off by her.
But I live here! And I’m a nice person! She won’t even say “HI” to me. We parked next to each other today. She ignored IGNORED!!! my “good morning.” She looked right at me as I said it, tight lipped smirked back, then walked away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and I just know, if she thought I was Canadian, she’d make an effort.
What’s up with that, eh?!