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Never realised there were so many differences…

  • Chips – Fries
  • Crisps – Chips
  • Linseed – Flaxseed
  • Sweets – Candy
  • Lollipops – Suckers
  • Porridge – Oatmeal
  • Ice lollies – Popsicles
  • Courgettes – Zuchini
  • Coriander – Cilantro
  • Biscuits – Cookies
  • Scones – Tea biscuits
  • Squash – Not widely available, called Cordial and usually restricted to Roses Lime
  • Fish fingers – Fish sticks
  • Prawn – Shrimp
  • Rocket – Arugula
  • Swede – Rutabago
  • Pasta – Noodles
  • Coffee – Tim’s :-)
  • Soft drink – Pop
  • Sieve – Sifter
  • Nappies – Diapers
  • Pooh – Poop
  • Pushchair – Stroller
  • See-Saw – Teeter-Totter
  • Trousers – Pants
  • Trainers – Runners
  • Plasters – Band aid
  • Cello-tape – Scotch tape
  • Tissue – Kleenex
  • Toilet – Washroom
  • Garden – Yard
  • Rubbish – Garbage
  • Bin – Trash
  • Lorry – Truck
  • Fire-engine – Fire-truck
  • Fire-station – Fire hall
  • Dollar – Buck, Loonie
  • Chemist – Drugstore
  • Off-licence – LCBO (Govt run liquor store)
  • The Doctors – The Clinic
  • Pavement – Sidewalk
  • College/University – School
  • Break time – Recess
  • Holiday – Vacation
  • Carpark – Parking lot/parkette
  • Multi-storey carpark – Parkade
  • Boot – trunk
  • Bonnet – hood
  • Wing – Fender
  • Estate car – Stationwagon
  • Saloon car – Sedan
  • Small car (Fiesta, Golf etc.) – Compact
  • Gearbox – Transmission
  • Manual – Stick shift
  • Indicators – Turn signals
  • Windscreen – Windshield
  • Rental car – Hire car
  • Central reservation – Median
  • Motorway – Interstate
  • Number plate – Licence plate
  • Kilometre – Click
  • Give way – Yield
  • Petrol station – Gas bar
  • Lollipop Man/Woman – Crossing guard
  • Post – Mail
  • Electricity – Hydro
  • Prison – Hoosegow

Some random slang…

Bad – Brutal, as in, “Man that hockey game last night was brutal”

Double-double – a cup of coffee from Tim Horton’s with two creams and two sugars

Johnny-on-the-spot – Portaloo

“On the pogey” – on unemployment benefits, welfare

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