How Canada got its name

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    How Canada got its name

    Many many years ago our forefathers were considering what to call this great and beautiful country. And they took their task very seriously.

    Hour upon hour passed. Nerves were getting frayed and tempers short. Name after name was discarded as quickly as it was presented.

    Eventually, someone suggested they take the approach their southern neighbors took. Gradually everyone calmed down as consensus built. The wisdom of using three letters to define the country was brilliant, concise, and powerful.

    The forefathers agreed to pull three letters at random from a hat and whatever came out would be the name of the country forever. So it is to this day. The letters drawn?
    C eh N eh D eh
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    The punch line doesn't play well here in the US. ?????????????

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    Yeah it does, as long as you've spent anytime on the border or in Canada.

    And Canadian humor is sorta like British humor... it easy to "get" but hard to laugh at if your not one of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LastManOut View Post
    The punch line doesn't play well here in the US. ?????????????
    Yeah, I didn't get it either.
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    Funny, eh?
    eschew obfuscation

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    I grew up in Wisconsin.....

    Makes perfect sense, eh!


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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    And Canadian humor is sorta like British humor... it easy to "get" but hard to laugh at if your not one of them.
    British humor tends toward dry wit while ours tends to be self-deprecating. But you're right, either you get it or you don't. Having said that, some of the biggest names in comedy are Canadian. Just of the top of my head: Mike Meyers, Jim Carrey, Martin Short, Dan Ackroyd, Rick Moranis, Lorne Michaels and Howie Mandel.
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    Eh, you hoser!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodc13 View Post
    Eh, you hoser!
    That's hilarious!! You must either be an ex-pat or have spent way too much time in Canada.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerbouchard View Post
    Yeah, I didn't get it either.
    Eh (pronounced A) is as common here as y'all is down south.
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    Being from Canada myself and living in ND.....I'll translate...

    "eh" sounds like a short "A"

    But the "A's" in the name CANADA are long.....

    And yes we use the term "eh" like most americans use "huh" at the end of sentences...

    Bob & Doug McKenzie have FOREVER distorted how everybody else view Canadians......That being said - I'll off the the Tim Hortons for some kreller's and pick up a 2-4 for the night and sit on the chesterfield and watch the Brier on CBC...

    Oh...if you don't "get" Monty Python....most Canadian humor (even BAD Canadian humor) will be lost on ya
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    Quote Originally Posted by alien View Post
    That's hilarious!! You must either be an ex-pat or have spent way too much time in Canada.
    Lots of time in Nova Scotia and PEI. And a good bit in Alberta (Banff & Jasper). I also watch "South Park" a lot!

    Where else but the Great White North would you see this (Dartmouth, NS):

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    I didn't get it either,

    I did go to Canada back in the early 70's, we do have family there, Tobaco farm in the east, I was probably 3 or 4, don't remember much, I do remember crossing the bridge from NY with all the flags on each side, are they still there? The flags that is.
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    Ya, dem der Canadians are as bad as Yoopers.
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    There are lots of great things in Canada.

    Like the Gahan House in Charlottetown, PEI:
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