Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Canadian Talk

This has been bugging me for years, maybe someone can explain it to me. When Canadians say they are going to the hospital or the University, why do they say 'he's in hospital' or 'he's at University.' Why don't they say THE? When I hear this my brain screams that it's bad grammar and it drives me crazy!

8 comments:

Vicki said...

LOL you crack me up. But you know the other thing they do is end everything with EH??? I don't get that either.

joanne said...

LOL I know about the EH?! They also do that up in Wisconsin, or parts of it anyway. That doesn't bother me as much as not saying THE before things.

Anonymous said...

I think with the university-they say university like we use college-so we don't say "we are going to the college," so they don't say the university. Well, that's all I came up with lol
Deb

Tommy said...

I'm sure the Canadians will explain themselves as soon as we Southerners can justify phrases like "Mama an'em" ("I'm goin' to church with Mama an'em") and - I swear I had an uncle who always said this when I asked "how are you" - he'd respond, "Fair to middlin', how's youens?"

I still have no idea what the hell that means.

Vicki said...

OMG Tommy call and ask Lop cause he says that ALL the time. I have no clue what it means but I have heard it all the times. And your right the south has more bad grammar problems than that.

Anonymous said...

Yes--I guess us midwesterners are the only normal talkers!
lol

Vicki said...

Well that might because all you do is crafts out there LOL

joanne said...

And us up here in the mid-Atlantic :) tho we have our share of rednecks that twang when they talk. I always ask them why do you have a southern accent your from Maryland!