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You’ve heard of Uncle Sam, but have you heard of Brother Jonathan? What about John Bull? The rise of characters who personify entire nations – and, in some cases, their disappearance from the national consciousness, or their replacement by new and different characters – has something to tell us about naming, narrative, and national identity. […]more
Although Canadian English is often lumped together with American English, Canadian English stands apart as its own distinct variety of English. One of the ways that it stands apart is its vocabulary, which includes several borrowings from Quebecois French. Take the quiz below to see how well you know your Canadian English!more
Far more than any other country, Canadians are known for turning their statements into rhetorical questions by adding eh? to the end, or even the middle, of a sentence. It’s a useful way to involve the listener in what is being said, whether by inviting agreement or just by checking to see whether the person […]more