Top 10 Canadian expressions

We rank the most popular expressions, from coast to coast.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

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While Newfoundlanders might be in a class all their own, in general we Canadians aren't that hard to understand – for the most part we talk just like our southern neighbours, however we do have a few of our own unique buzz words. Here's the top 10 Canadian expressions you'll hear coast to coast.


Gimme a pop.

No, not a punch in the side of the head, but a soda. This is mostly an Ontario term, but it generally encompasses any bubbly beverage.


What a nice day, eh?

Since the beginning of time the world over has loved to rag on us for inserting these simple two letters into a myriad of expressions. Most of the time our American counterparts don't quite get how to "properly" use the "eh," but we know how to make it a verb, adverb, adjective, and more.


Do you take interac?

Down south they say "debit" and up here we ask for the interac machine. It helps us get loonies and toonies (see next entry for clarification).


Wow, this only costs a loonie (or toonie)!

Wanna know why Canadians are in such great shape? It's from lugging around so many coins instead of paper bills. The loonie (our $1-coin) was introduced in 1987 and the toonie ($2) came about in 1996. Since then it's made finding change on the street a tad more interesting (and fruitful).


Where's the washroom?

Yes, we Canadians are too polite to ask where the toilet, bathroom, or even the restroom is. We're more reserved than that and prefer to call it the "washroom." And before you ask NO we're not going in there to WASH (geez!).


Gimme a two-four.

Everyone who visits Canada should be familiar with this Canadian expression – a two-four (or 2/4) is a case of 24 beer. Now you can sound like a real native when you walk into the dep and ask where their two-fours are. You're welcome.


Take me to the dep.

This is more of an expression in Quebec, where convenience stores are called depanneurs, but all Anglos (English-speaking Quebeckers) know it and have shortened it to "dep."


Don't forget your toque – it's cold out there!

Americans wear hats, and Canadians proudly don toques, even ones with colourful pompoms, wacky braids, and more. Heck, if it's gonna be this cold we might as well as have fun looking like a Muppet.  


Gimme a double-double.

With some Timbits on the side. Like the mother-ship calling us home, Tim Horton's is engrained in us like hockey and saying "eh." And there's nothing like a piping hot double-double to get your day going.


Lets lounge on the gallery.

A more "old-fashioned" Canadian expression, "gallery" is another word for "balcony." It's where aunts and grandmothers sit on a warm summer day sipping their double-doubles that they bought for a toonie after downing a two-four from the dep.