I don’t talk like this at all, eh?

Damnit, I can’t get the video to embed, despite following Richard’s instructions.

Here’s the link to YouTube

(and another one, because the first one got taken down)

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18 Responses to I don’t talk like this at all, eh?

  1. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    I LOLed at this a lot last night. Especially the cash, eh? / cachet part!

  2. Lisbeth says:

    You do have a snow mobile, eh?

  3. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    I don’t! I’ve only tried it once, and I didn’t like it very much! (BAD Canadian!)

    I have both of my legs, too, despite what my husband told his friends when I first met them.

  4. Bob O'H says:

    I’ve got a Kiwi friend who uses “eh?” a lot. She’s even infecting her German husband. Eh?

  5. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    It’s such an incredibly useful word. Not quite as elegant as “n’est-ce-pas?”, perhaps*, but with the same versatility.

    *although better than “innit?”, which I sometimes use ironically

  6. Linda says:

    oh man. well, there’s all the Canadian stereotypes (minus the leg) which are unfortunately true, at least some of the time. Including the accent. Not that everyone has one..but those from central Ontario sure do, no doubt aboat it. I’m not sure if everyone knows how proud Canadians are by the fact that they say “eh” at the end of sentences. It’s to the point where many locals own T-shirts with “EH?” printed on them.

  7. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Have to say I haven’t seen those t-shirts around Vancouver!

    (p.s. everyone in the whole wide world has an accent 🙂 )

  8. Grant says:

    Copyright claims have had that YouTube account removed now…! — Just so you know 😉

    Cath@VWXYNot? – so what was “that word” ??!

    FWIW, our WordPress (MU) editor over at sciblogs.co.nz has YouTube, etc., buttons – you just click on the appropriate button for the service hosting the video, a flash window opens, you paste in the URL, adjust the size if you want, and you’re done. Easy-peasy 🙂

  9. Nina says:

    Bob O’H, do I know you? Not that I’m a kiwi, but trying hard to infuse my German better half with proper Canadikiwi, eh!
    There is a slight difference in how Canadians and Kiwis say eh. I have the feeling Canadians use it more as a question (eh?) and Kiwis more as an exclamation (eh!).

    By the way, the video disappeaered from youtube too eh!

  10. rpg says:

    That video has since been taken down, I seem to have embedding working.

  11. Grant says:


    It can be used both ways, as a question or an exclamation.

    Now “accha” is a word that means a lot of different things 😉

    (Hindi, how you use it gives the meaning, anything from “good”, to “yes”, “OK”, an exclamation, “hey” (as in “listen up”), etc.

    PS: I am right in thinking that the first time you comment here, your comment is moderated?

  12. Linda says:

    Cath, yea, I’ve slipped and told my Aussie friends they have accents. That always backfires when in Australia.

    I have still own two of those T-shirts ><; ..but I reckon they might be selling them only in the tourist traps now..like at the shops in Gastown.

  13. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    BOOOOO to copyright claims!

    Thank you to Grant and R.Grant for the technical help!

    Grant, yes, your first comment on each blog goes into moderation. But once I approve the first one, all your subsequent comments on this blog should go through normally (unless they have too many URLs).

    Nina, you’re gonna end up soooo confused with all these German, Canadian and Kiwi influences! (I speak from experience. I’m confused a lot too).

    Linda, as a Brit I find it very weird that there are some places where people will say “OH! You have an accent!”, and then actually take offense when you point out that they do, too! I’ve NEVER heard anyone say this in the UK, probably because there’s such an insane riot of different accents there (my Dad has a friend who can guess where someone grew up (if it’s near Middlesbrough) by accent, literally to within a few miles). But when I spent 3 months living and working in Columbus, Ohio, it happened to me all the time! I’ve heard it maybe once or twice in Vancouver, but luckily in a city this diverse it’s pretty rare.

  14. Massimo says:

    See for me it comes natural, Italians say too 🙂

  15. Linda says:

    Cath, lol, that’s interesting that there’s so many in the UK. Your Dad’s friend reminds me of Professor Higgins from My Fair lady. yea Van’s got a fair share of Aussies, Kiwis and Brits here and there (among other groups). Australia does as well. But, unfortunately most of the time down here..everyone asks if I’m American :(. If I say i’m Canadian, they say ah well..same thing isn’t it? (Meanwhile, my American friends get asked if they’re Canadian).

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