Wednesday, August 24, 2011

'Nother contest

Don't usually link to Huffpo, but this is too good to miss: a brief history of Canada's language law.

And the contest is for our American and European readers (so Canuckstanis, shush.)
In the early days of this country most people spoke French; then after the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759, most people in Canada spoke English.

And that's the way things stayed until the late 1960s when former Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau enacted the "Official Languages Act."

This was an historic law which gave Canadians the legal right to get all huffy and indignant and threaten lawsuits, whenever a federal civil servant in places like Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan or Kippers Flippers, Newfoundland didn't start a conversation with the word: "Bonjour."

Which town name is made up and which one is real?

Canada: used to be good, now just funny.



Jonathan said...

Well, this American has been to Moose Jaw, Sask., so I guess it's the other one.

DP said...

Kippers Flippers. Though there actually is a Dildo, Newfoundland.

Martial Artist said...

Having been fascinated by the Great White North (of North America) as a young lad, the answer is obviously Kippers Flippers.

Hope you are feeling better, and I suspect that you are based on the number and tenor of your posts today.

Keith Töpfer

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

I'm still laughing at "Kippers Flippers Newfoundland".