Pulled from the Toronto Accord forums... I think I followed RLD there
September 12, 2003
NEW Canadian words added to the
Collins English Dictionary (6th edition)
TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - Among the 5,500 new words added to the 6th
Edition Collins English Dictionary, not all are Bushisms and Britneyfications.
In the realm of definitions, Canadians lay claim to:
- rink rats
- the toonie
- canola oil
- ghost cars
- the duo-tang (who knew?)
- blue boxes
- the Robertson screw
There are Canadian food references aplenty:
- back bacon
- butter tarts
and, not surprisingly, Canada brings its fair share of boozy buzzwords:
- alcool (allegedly 80 proof)
Not all of which, it might be added, are served in beer parlours and beverage rooms - those ubiquitous landmark watering holes in countless small town hotels.
Fortunately, we're not all hosers, and Canada is linguistically
well-represented from "cottage country" to "Comox". "CanLit", quite deservingly, has been officially recognized in the new Collins English Dictionary, along with:
- O Canada
- the Maple Leaf
- Rideau Hall
- equalization payments
- the Canadian Alliance party
- External Affairs
- the Auditor General
Such is our national character.
"Keeners" (yes, we invented the word and, no, you won't find it in your
spell-check yet), can access a complete list of Canadian words added to the new dictionary by emailing email@example.com
. Email us with a Canadian word NOT presently included in the dictionary (the word must in be common usage and of Canadian origin) and you could win a FREE copy of the new Collins English dictionary 6th Edition.
The Collins English Dictionary 6th Edition (ISBN 0-00-710982-2 standard
$59.95, ISBN 0-00-710983-0 $69.95 thumb-indexed) will be published in Canada on September 13th, 2003.