How Well Do You Know Canadian Slang?

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About This Quiz

Do you consider yourself a fan of slang terms? We know they're a lot of fun, but it can be difficult to identify the different slang terms that people in various countries use to refer to everyday things. Take this How Stuff Works quiz to find out how well you really know Canadian slang! Do you know these Canadian slang terms as well as you think you do?

If you know anything about Canadian slang, you already know that Canadians are sometimes called Canucks. Although we're not quite sure where the term actually originated, it seems that the earliest recorded use of the word is actually American. The term Kanuck was used by Americans in the early 1800s to refer to someone who was a Dutch Canadian or French Canadian. Since then, the "K" has been changed to a "C," and the term has been adopted by Canadians themselves to refer, collectively and affectionately, to anyone from Canada. The term is so widely used in Canada that the Vancouver, British Columbia ice hockey team of the National Hockey League is called the Canucks.

So, do you think you know enough about Canadian slang to pass this quiz? Let's get started to find out.

What slang term is used to refer to someone from Canada?

People from Canada are sometimes called Canucks. The term was originally "Kanuck," which was used to refer to French Canadians.

What word do Canadians use to refer to kilometers?

The term "clicks" is used to refer to kilometers. The term may also be used to refer to speed, or kph.

What word do Canadians use to refer to someone who is unsophisticated?

A hoser in Canada is someone who is not sophisticated. The term "hosehead" may also be used.

What might a Canadian call Kraft Mac n Cheese?

Some Canadians call Kraft Mac n Cheese "KD." This is short for Kraft Dinner, which may be used to refer to any Kraft dinner product.

What word describes someone who sucks up to authority?

A "keener" is someone who sucks up to authority. In the U.S., we would call such a person a brown noser.

What is a pot belly in Canada?

A pot belly in Canada is called a Molson muscle. Molson refers to the brewery based in Canada.

If you were Canadian, what might you call a bottle of liquor?

If you were Canadian, you might call a bottle of liquor a mickey. The term specifically applies to a a 375 mL bottle.

What do Canadians call coffee creamer?

Canadians use the word "whitener" to refer to coffee creamer. Well, it certainly does whiten the beverage.

Canadians don't "take" a test. What do they do instead?

Canadians write a test. So do people from many other countries.

What is Canadian bacon called in Canada?

In Canada, Canadian bacon is called backbacon. Well, you didn't expect them to call it Canadian bacon, did you?

In Canada, what would you call a substitute teacher?

In Canada, a substitute teacher is a supply teacher. This term is also used in England.

What might someone in Canada call a case of beer?

In Canada, a case of beer is called a two four. In Western Canada, it might be called a flat.

Smarties, the candy, are sold as what in Canada?

In Canada, Smarties are sold as Rockets. Smarties are something completely different in the U.K.

What do Canadians call the letter Z?

Canadians call the letter Z "zed." So does much of the rest of the world.

In Canada, cheese puffs are called what?

In Canada, cheese puffs are called cheezies. The term is used to refer to all brands of this snack.

What do Canadians call fancy cookies?

Fancy cookies in Canada are called dainties. The term might also be used to refer to fancy pastries.

A coffee with two creams and two sugars might be called what in Canada?

A coffee with two creams and two sugars might be called a double double in Canada. The term is part of the Tim Horton's menu.

What do Canadians call whole wheat bread?

Canadians refer to whole wheat bread as brown bread. We guess that makes sense.

French fries with cheese and gravy is called what in Canada?

Poutine is a dish made of french fries topped with cheese curd and gravy. The dish originated on Quebec.

In Canada, what we call tennis shoes are called what?

In Canada, tennis shoes are called runners. This term is used widely in Western Canada.

While we here in the U.S. ask for the check after dinner in a restaurant, people in Canada would ask for the what?

Here in the U.S., we ask for the check after dinner in a restaurant. People in Canada would ask for the bill.

In Canada, a rubber band is called a what?

In Canada, a rubber band is called an elastic. This is also the case in other countries.

What might you call a sweatshirt in Canada?

A sweatshirt in Canada might be called a bunnyhug. This term is used widely in Saskatchewan.

What is a bathrobe called in Canada?

In Canada a bathrobe is called a housecoat. Well, it is a coat worn in the house.

Electricity is called what in Canada?

Electricity is called "hydro" in Canada. Some countries use the term hydro to refer to electricity because it is water-derived.

A colored pencil is called what in Canada?

In Canada, a colored pencil is called a pencil crayon. Of course, they also spell "colored" "coloured."

What do Canadians call a garbage disposal?

In Canada, a garbage disposal is a garburator. It rhymes with carburetor.

In Canada, a paper napkin is called a what?

In Canada, a paper napkin is called a serviette. It is also called a serviette in the U.K. and Ireland.

In Canada, a faucet is called a what?

In Canada, a faucet is called a tap. This term is used in other countries as well.

What do young people in Canada call a cigarette?

In Canada, young people might call a cigarette a "dart." By young people, we mean adolescents.

What do Canadians call a remote control?

In Canada, a remote control is called a convertor. This term is thought to stem from the early 1980s, when cable convertor boxes began using remote controls.

What is cereal called in Canada?

In Canada, cereal is called shreddies. In the U.S., these look like Chex.

In Canada, what do they call a can?

In Canada, a can is called a tin. This term is also used in the U.K.

What do they call a couch in Canada?

In Canada, a couch might be called a chesterfield. However, more and more people are calling them couches or sofas.

What do they call a rain gutter in Canada?

This makes total sense to us. After all, a rain gutter is a trough on the eaves of a house.

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