Friday, April 06, 2007

Word of the Day, an occasional feature

One of the biggest roadblocks to creativity is the "Fear Factor" fear of putting disparate items together. Why? Most people have been de-geniused to the immutability of what is, is. -Ernest Garrett

The following is excerpted from The Urban Dictionary


Canadian slang words.

An example of someone speaking in c-bonics "Last night, I cashed my pogey and went to buy a mickey of C.C. at the beer parlour, but my skidoo got stuck in the muskeg on my way back to the duplex. I was trying to deke out a deer, you see. Damn chinook, melted everything. And then a Mountie snuck up behind me in a ghost car and gave me an impaired. I was S.O.L., sitting there dressed only in my Stanfields and a toque at the time. And the Mountie, he's all chippy and everything, calling me a "shit disturber" and what not. What could I say, except, "Sorry, EH!"

C-bonics should not be confused with rebonics


One who speaks in such redneck terminology, someone would have to take lessons in rebonics to understand them. Like ebonics, except redneck lingo.

1. "How much ya like" = how nuch longer will it take 2. "ya'll" = you all or everyone 3. "Fixunda" = I am about to do something


Great White Bear, said...

What scares me is that i understood this perfectly!

the guy cashed his welfare check, and went to the package store to buy a hip flask of Canadian Club, but his snowmobile got stuck in a bog, because a warm, dry, westerly wind had melted the ice. Then a provincial policeman in an unmarked car snuck up behind him and arrested him for driving while impaired. the guy didn't have a leg to stand on, considering all he had on was a pair of long underware and a funny knit hat made famous in the US by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas. Worse, the officer "copped" an attitude, and accused him of disturbing the peace.

So is that about right? And how is the knee doing?

mister anchovy said...

Very, very good GWB, but not perfect. Mounties are federal, not provincial. A provincial cop in Ontario would be called an OPP (Ontario Provincial Police). Mounties are RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police). Stanfields refer to any underwear here, not just long underwear.

I think my knee is healing slowly. Overall, it isn't giving me as much grief as it was a month and a half ago, and some days are worse than others. Mostly walking is OK, but stairs and even a sidewalk on a steep slope hurts anywhere from a little to a lot, depending on the day. The doctor said he thought I had strained a ligament and that I could expect a recovery measured in months.

I'll have to be very careful wading trout streams - some fast stretches I normally like to fish, I'll avoid for now.

mister anchovy said...

I realize that I referenced but failed to explain a third term, "ebonics", which refers to the slang spoken by those who are ebony.

Great White Bear, said...

Hopefully, your knee will be better soon. Mine has started to come along a lot better since I started using DMSO on it (it's a solvent that is available her as a horse linament).

I thought i was doing good on the Canadian slang thing, but the mountie thing tripped me up. down here, any cop with a broad brimmed hat is referred to as a mountie, and our Feds would never involve themselves in something as mundane as a dui stop. I did know about the OPP's though, partially through experience!