Appropriating a vividly descriptive verb, robbing it of its meaning and demoting it to a banal noun to save yourself uttering two extra syllables grates on me like fingernails on a blackboard... yes, it's a rant!
I’ve neglected my A-Z of Canada for long enough so here’s D, delivered with a renewed commitment to make it to the end of the alphabet… eventually.
Before we'd even flown the kids over to Canada, we were growing familiar with the concept of "the Cottage". Canadians LOVE their cottages! Give them a long weekend and above freezing temperatures and they'll be off, up north, chillin' by the lake or hiking in the forest.
Canada is officially a bi-lingual country. English and French are both enshrined in its constitution - although strangely, learning French is not compulsory in the education system. All federal services, policies and laws must be enacted and available in both languages. All MP’s, including the Prime Minister, need to be fluent in them. Canada's premier, Stephen Harper, routinely fields queries in both French and English at Prime Minister’s Questions.
Once used to describe the feeling of awe created by, for example, Man walking on the Moon - now the word AWESOME just means Cool... If you want to bond with Canadians in any situation, this is the word you need in your vocabulary!