47998Re: [Czechlist] CHAT: "Call us on"
- Dec 27, 2011The word Canada comes from a word in the St. Lawrence Iroquoian language that means "village" or "settlement".
Those of us who live near Canada notice how much they end utterances with "eh?", but they don't do that any more than we finish ours with, "Y'know?"
If you go to some parts of the South where people talk more slowly, they stretch "y'know?" out to an entire sentence: "Y'know what I mean?" It took me a couple months to realize my painting professor from North Carolina didn't expect an answer to the question.
On Dec 27, 2011, at 3:52 PM, Melvyn wrote:
> --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, James Kirchner <czechlist@...> wrote:
>> There is a joke that Canada got its name because the founding fathers put slips of paper with the alphabet in a hat, drew them out randomly and read them as a secretary noted them down:
>> "C, eh?"
>> "N, eh?"
>> "D, eh?"
> Do Canadians really say "eh" a lot? I have never noticed it.
> Version I heard was that in the language of the coastal Injuns (or whatever it is you are not supposed to call them) Canada meant "go away" or cruder words to that effect, and that is what the founding fathers heard when they first landed and asked "eh, what is the name of this land?"
> But somebody on this list shot that theory down in flames some time ago. Probably you actually.
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