We pronounce it as “abowt”… Maybe “aboot” is more of a Halifax accent than a Canadian one, though personally I think regions that have heavy Scottish influence are much more likely to pronounce it that way. South Park, Colorado, United States: Leopold "Butters" Stotch is a fictional character in the animated television series South Park. 2 notes. When I purposefully pronounce it as “a boat”, it sounds like I’m speaking with an accent. Everyone who died in the events leading up to the battle come back to life, and the friendship between America and Canada is restored, but Kenny is still dead and rises up to Heaven as an angel. Terrance and Phillip's show is on the Canada Channel. The truth about it is that it’s hilarious to see a Canadian get so riled up and explain that they actually pronounce it this or that way, as if we are really stupid enough to think that we are being accurate by reproducing it as “aboot”. Dude, get over yourself. I Am from Ontario and I spoke to a woman last week from British Columbia and our accent was very similar except her “about” was slightly more Americanized sounding (though she still had a tad of “raising”) and her intonation was a little less sing-songy than mine. S16 • E4. She receives the support of then-president Bill Clinton, and places Terrance and Phillip under citizens arrest while they are on the Conan O'Brien show. If Canadians would adopt the Americanism “whatever, man”, and tell us to screw ourselves, we might stop laughing at them. Diversity of dialects is not unique to the States, and any educated American knows this. Canadians are portrayed as having oval shaped flappy Pac-Man-like heads with black beady eyes. In the … And some one who writes “aboot” as how they hear the Canadian pronounciation of about might now mean that they hear it as sounding like “a boot”. Have lived in several provinces, and work in the oil patch with people from all over the country. I was tree planting in British Columbia with a Newfoundlander. Furthermore, South Park’s rendering of “aboot” for their Canadian characters is only funnier because we know how inaccurate and stereotypical it is! South Park debuted in 1997. But I have never found a clip of anybody from that area who says aboot. Barbarian Armor - Can be found in a chest in the room the Minister of Montreal was. - Empty Closets - A safe online community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people coming out. In the game, Canada is animated like an 8-bit RPG game. New and used Decorative Accents for sale in South Park on Facebook Marketplace. The only thing that it sounded similar to was the Newfoundlander accent, although the two are audibly distinct. You fail to recognize these errors in your own argument, such as your example of ‘impersonating a Scot’, as you put it. Mr. Garrison sadly follows Kyle's orders and bombs Canada, killing presumably hundreds of thousands of Canadians. “The Scottish band Franz Ferdinand has a song called Take Me Oot. I’ve been saying this for years. Lol, I’m Canadian and the rumor here has always been that the *Americans* are the ones who say “aboot”, not us! Carrying on, in the area where I now live supposedly the vowels in “pen” and “pin” are pronounced the same, but I have never heard it–surely because I expect to, and consequently do, hear the vowels as different–as where I grew up. The American was depicted as a drunken, illiterate brute who was threatening the Mountie with a pistol. Not sure if he was supposed to be a Newfie or from the Valley, though. Both Canadians and Americans reserve that word for people in the US. We DO have a rather strong accent and I’ll be the first to admit it. As the pilot, South Park: Cartman Gets an Anal Probe (1997), was produced on film using cutout animation it was rescanned … I don’t know much about the Ottawa Valley accent, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some kind of “aboot”-like pronunciation. Wh-Wh-What?! MONDAYS 10ET / … Incidentally, most of the time when I or a fellow Canadian say “out and about” or “oot and aboot” it’s when we’re trying to impersonate an American impersonating us. Is the made/mate, cued/cute difference a difference of vowel quality though? When they sing it, though, it definitely sounds like Take Me Out.”. We definitely do not say “abawt” or “abaht”. Perhaps, to start off with, a lot of Canadians did use the more classically Scottish pronunciation of the word, aboot with a short ‘oo’, and that stereotype has just stuck? a/n. Get inspired and shop for modern furniture and stylish home decor including window coverings, bedding, wall decor and more! There is no drastic differences between someone from B.C and Ontario except the person in Ontario has slightly more pronounced Canadian Raising. Or are they just plain making shit up? Is that even a thing? You will hear instead: “you have to follow this first [root], and at the fork, take the left [root]…”. I don’t know a single soul who talks that way, so how did they come up with this? Garrison asks what he wants and he says that he wants a world where no one needs to be scared to be farted on and a world where laughter doesn't come at the expense of others, he then goes on to say that everything that Canadians have gone needs to be erased from the Earth, giving Garrison a small erection. The boys all make fun of him for that, saying that he's like his mom that also doesn't like the show or Canada in general. Just once, I want people to realize that American film/television does not even depict Americans correctly. Narrated by Radio 1 DJ Greg James, Most Ridiculous seeks out the stupidest and most insane videos to ever be found online. To infer that all Americans are puerile, impressionable fools who believe everything they might see or hear on television, is far more injurious than Americans jokingly saying “aboot” to mimic a Canadian accent. I’ve only ever heard it as ‘ow’t and ab’ow’t. Conversely, I can often pick out an American by the way they say “about” and other words with an “ou” sound before a voiceless consonant. Discus of Bleeding - Found in a chest behind a door on the room to the left after breaking a pot. Among the many quotes from South Park, “tree fiddy” is largely considered to be a classic. I’ve heard someone say ‘aboot’ several times. But there are plenty who know little to nothing about Canada, and claiming otherwise isn’t going to give you much credibility with Canadians – we’ve met them. Because the more familiar pronunciation of /aw/ is articulated with the tongue in a low position, and because it raises to a mid position in Canadian English when the vowel precedes the voiceless obstruents listed above, speakers of other varieties of English will immediately detect the vowel raising, but will sometimes think that the vowel has raised farther than it actually does, all the way to /u/, which is a high vowel–hence the mishearing (and not-quite-right imitation) of this pronunciation as aboot. First of all, can we stop calling it the “Canadian Accent”?? Canadian Halberd - Can be purchased from the shop in Ottawa. Play Latest Episode. I get the sense it’s one of those North American dialects that has quickly receded in modern times. List of Accent Makeup This article is a stub. But this is for sure:  Canadians do not, probably never did, and probably never will say aboot! I’m from Quebec and no one in this province pronounces it “aboot” or ” aboat”. I lived in the valley for two summers, and there definitely is an accent that it unique to it, and if I ever heard one of my fellow Canucks say anything close to “aboot”, it was there. Instead of saying, “Cool!” and pronouncing all the letters in the word, Cartman says, “Ku!” He also tends to speak from behind his teeth. Eliza Jane Schneider is a noted voice. I say it exactly how it’s spelled too – but you and I say it very differently. In order to drown out Macy’s pleas of being returned to the US, he begins to sing the Canadian national anthem. Most Ridiculous. Also, the comedy duo Terrance and Phillip come from Canada and have been featured prominently over the seasons. A small-town basketball coach hopes to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious father. No boats or boots, just a strong “out” sound. But that doesn’t change the fact that we do pronounce it differently. Forum FAQ. Archmage's Wand - Can be purchased from the shop in Winnipeg. It depicts all Canadians as loving Kraft Dinner and Maple Syrup. I found that map on Professor William Labov’s homepage. Please come submit your South Park Head Canons! I could actually see how somebody from Southern England might hear “a-boot.” Around London or thereabouts the “oo” sound is more of a diphthong. Incredulity at their real-life quotes and actions plays into the joke of the exaggeration, similar to poe’s law – how far do you have to go before it’s no longer believable? I may have pronounced it that way at one time (the change seems too easy), but I have been pronouncing the vowel as in “shoot” for some time. I would never have known if I hadn’t read or heard it. Mr. Garrison says that Kyle is taking it too far and that they need to stop but Kyle won't stop. I am Canadian and I can verify that you are right except mostly it’s something closer to aboat, depending on the strength of the diphthong. Very few old families left from what I understand, but you can certainly pick out the kids who have been there fore generations versus those who haven’t lived there more than five years (namely because you don’t know their middle name or if they have a dog, but the accent thing can be used too). So basically Americans are just making fun on how Canadians usually pronounce the sound “ou”. They make be hearing it with the vowel in book. 10 Videos . Okay but she’s one person, she doesn’t represent all of us, especially those of us from different provinces. First They also pronounce 'about' as 'aboot', and 'sorry' as 'soorry'. Matt Stone: Kenny, I speak into my hand. My mother (from England) frequently corrected me when I pronounced “about”in the vernacular. Being on TV does not make something true, or widely assumed, but multiple people expressing shock when you tell them it’s not true tends to indicate that it’s a common belief. Those who did wander into town were carefully tranquilized and helicopter lifted out of town when they were caught in a big bear barrel trap. M.A.C. It was a dramaticized scene during halloween when kids were going trick or treating so there was a high chance of polar bear attack happening but the residents still did it. On November 29, 2014, Comedy Central Records and South Park released a limited edition 7-inch vinyl picture disc in honor of Record Store Day Black Friday. Many Americans that I have met personally, both those that were visiting Canada, as well as those I’ve met while visiting the USA, have in fact displayed the very stereotype you decry. The New Kid speaks to the Prince again, who tells him to kill the Bishop of Banff. Even 30 years after Bob and Doug, present day cartoons in the form of the simpsons, american dad, etcetera, still use these created ‘canadianisms’. Their Canadians also say ‘buddeh’ every two seconds and have two half circles for heads, but somehow only the ‘aboot’ thing seems to have stuck. USer? I wouldn’t be the person to ask about the success of these imitations either, though.). But then, since you aren’t influenced by TV, perhaps you read it in one of the books you are advising people to read. Anyway, the point is that the polar bear patrol officer was canadian and he said that there were “polar bears abooot” to one of the kids or the cameraman during his night rounds in his 4×4 car. Terrance and Phillip are scheduled to be executed by electrocution at a USO show, but interrupted by a Canadian attack and they are saved by Eric Cartman. It’s a bit like New Jersey’s reputation for being pronounced “New Joysey” even though virtually nobody in Jersey says it like that anymore (and even when they did, this pronunciation would have been confined to a small area near New York). Some Canadians are prominent characters. Kyle has a moment of self reflection, looking at old Terrance and Philip clips and starts a group called Millenials Against Canada or M.A.C. I was once talking to a girl from the Adirondacks, and somehow this came up. The player cannot actually enter Canada, as there is a wall blocking them, and a Canadian that sits atop it and mocks the player. Very lilted sounding. I remember people talking about Canadians’ “aboot” even when I was a kid. “Abawt” is a fairly good approximation of General American. But we all definitely say “eh” though… I’m not even gonna try to deny that . We have our limits. During an elaborate wedding ceremony featuring a giant tub of maple pudding, the prince pulls off the princess's arm and the prince sodomizes himself with it. It’s funny though, many of my American friends hear “aboot” when I say “about” but I think that that is only what they want to hear. Stephen Abootman and The World Canadian Bureau declare it a victory, but Terrance and Phillip figure out that the strike cost Canada millions of dollars, much more than they gained, and set Stephen Abootman and his aides adrift on a piece of ice out on the ocean as punishment. It’s just the way it is, you can accept it or deny it. I start laughing everytime I hearing a Canadian saying [root] instead of route. He instructs the New Kid to kill some Dire Bears, then tells him that the Minister of Montreal has been imprisoned. With Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Vernon Chatman, Nicole Draco. People from Canada are Canadians, and people from the US are Americans. It’s an extremely difficult sound to reproduce, but basically it’s a quickly raised diphtong closer to the end of the word. Canadians are portrayed as having oval shaped flappy Pac-Man-like heads with black beady eyes. There are some exceptions (Billy Bragg, I think, is one), but for the most part, it’s hard to tell where a group is from by the singing, or even whether or not their native language is English. So then, what’s the deal with aboot? We say “a-boat” or a-‘bowt’. Can I ask why you are trying to undo your Mary-merry-marry merger? Aboot is a pronunciation in some parts of the UK, of course. However, when I tried out ‘a-boat’ in my mouth, this sounded a lot more realistic / closer to what they actually say! Often, Canadian celebrities portrayed on South Park do not have the distinguishing features that traditional Canadian characters do. NorthOfEdward: I always thought “ruff” and “rum” (with the BOOK vowel) were older Northern pronunciations in the U.S. They’re not uncommon (I use them), but I think the versions with the GOOSE vowel are more common. What does this mean? The movie Canadian Bacon is from 1995, 2 years earlier than South Park. An a way that rhymes with “how” or “now” or the “bow” of a ship. I’m not too good at imitating accents, so I guess if I was trying to do ‘Canadian’ I might go for the more exaggerated ‘boot’ rather than the more complex diphthong, ‘boat’. I have multiple friends from the Toronto area and they actually DO say “aboot” It might be somewhere between aboat and aboot, but in some areas it’s much stronger than the video examples you’ve listed. The Canadians also seem to like baseball in "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus" and Shakespearean theater in "Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow". interrupts the filming of an episode of Terrance and Philip saying that they need to stop, M.A.C. That’s the thing that always bothers me aboat [sic] Canadians. Canadian television probably abounds in what Canadians would not even notice as false Americanisms. No matter how weird or Cracky:) 10/25/13. It and its citizens have appeared often in many episodes. Ah, yes, we’re back to TV again – that which does not influence you. Although you still have the wonderfully quirky Newfie accent. I also say ‘aboot’ when trying to imitate my Scottish relatives. The ‘ou’ in “about” is a diphthong, so it is pronounced “ow” (as in “Owwww!”) by nearly everyone I know and not as ‘oa’ in “oat” or ‘oo’ in “boot”. Anecdotally, when I lived on the New Brunswick border (Campebello Island) I heard the pronunciation frequently; maybe 1 out of 8 times. Size South Park. Although South Park probably didn’t help. He uses the a–boat [əbʌʊt] pronunciation that trawicks mentioned, which still sounds pretty distinctive to my American ears. Cartman has a slight lisp and tends to jumble letters together. You could hear that accent everywhere you went, but you are right, you could tell who’s families had been there a while, and who had just moved in to work at Chalk River (next door). With the First Nations. I have heard “aboot” from people in those places. Holy Mossad Knife - Can be purchased from the shop in Banff. They took an usual word, about, and created an urban myth with it!!! Hoot the noooo, Pingback: Yes, Canada has Regional Dialects | Dialect Blog. or… is this what you were suggesting, in fact? We are quite aware that it is not actually “aboot” but rather “abot” or some crap like that. I would say it’s distinctive. I know the PSA was meant to cast pride and glory on the time-honoured institution of the RCMP, but I’ve seldom seen such stereotyping outside of 1950s westerns. I have never ever once said or heard another Canadian saying “oot and aboot” unless it was as a joke relating to this topic, or an obvious attempt to play on it. And we don’t say aboot or aboat here…sounds more like “abowt”. The “Bob and Doug Mckenzie accent” is not stereotype folks, it’s a solid reality. As a Canadian, I would say that describes it perfectly. Where does this mythological pronunciation come from? I don’t know if it has faded as much as you say it has in Newcastle. See More. Canadian culture seems to be based on exaggerated stereotypes. - Empty Closets - A safe online community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people coming out, Regionally "Corrupted" Names | Dialect Blog, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lM3Oxnijgo&feature=kp, Arrr, Matey! Terrance and Phillip - Obtained automatically after learning Nagasaki. Satan decides against it though and kills Saddam. "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus". He is exposed by the boys though and once again foiled from taking over Canada. There is a big difference between the City of Ottawa (Canada’s capitol) and The Ottawa Valley, region along the Ottawa River somewhat west of the City of Ottawa. Scots don’t get all bent when you poke fun at them, though. I have to follow the root…the root of this tree here or the one of the tree over there?”. -Scott Fullerton, Los Angeles, California USA. Then I started hearing it all the time. In general, the accent that gets used on TV is not typical of a Canadian, but I think that’s because they’re hamming it up for comedic effect. Bishop of Banff - Obtained if the New Kid spares the Bishop's life. Here’s a map (p. 292) of where people say “roof” with the vowel of “good”. The UK Punk movement in the 70’s also had a lot of singing in strong British regional accents, probably as something of a political statement. Specifically, you can hear it in some very vernacular, Scots-influenced dialects of Scottish English. Last time I checked, we were made up of 10 provinces and 3 territories. In most Canadian accents, about sounds a bit like American a-boat (IPA əbʌʊt). I am Canadian. stan mash wendy testaburger Bebe Stevens Clyde Donovan stan wendy bebe clyde southpark south park south park headcanon . 2. South Park is an American animated television series created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network.The ongoing narrative revolves around four children, Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman and Kenny McCormick, and their bizarre adventures in and around the fictional and eponymous Colorado town. The television personality Pat Robertson pronounces “about” the same way as Canadians. It’s still a pretty common pronunciation there among working-class males. (I’m from Vancouver and I’ve lived in Montreal. Yes, but you have to remember that the vowel you use in words “oat” and “boat” may not be the same as the vowel many Americans use in those words. I hear this version mostly in elderly women. There’s a scene in the movie where a Canadian mountie, portrayed by Steven Wright, says, “I don’t know what you’re talking aboot, eh?” And the “Oot and aboot” stereotype was pretty old by then already. Listen to Kate Beirness on TSN say things like “out,” “house,” and “about.” Her “ou” comes out a little like “oo.”. They are internationally ignored though and are replaced by the Danish. As in “Ow, I hurt my spleen laughing at how Americans pronounce roof and creek”, The way Montreal Anglophones say “out” and “about” sounds like “eh-oot” and “a-beh-oot” to me. I’ve never heard anyone from Canada who said “aboot”. Did it ever occur to you that we like talking about it because it interests us to hear what other people’s accents are across Canada? This is how we sound to American ears. It is stated in the episode that they hate Canadians for taking over the country. The new commander in chief, who bears a striking resemblance to Donald Trump, builds a giant wall to keep the Americans out. I did a post on it myself a while back: http://sesquiotic.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/oot-aboot/. Not everything is about you, oh great American one. Ike Broflovski, the adopted brother of Kyle Broflovski originally came from Canada. What, What, What? (dammit – I hate spotting the typo after it’s already posted – In the opening paragraphs, that should have said “what they have somehow come TO conclude”. Once they were sure they were not invading, they became friendly and welcoming (except for Scott, because he's a dick). Critics and fans tore Nicolas Cage apart for his Italian accent in "Captain Corelli's Mandolin." Given this, they have a hard time imitating Canadians – “oo” is as close as most can get. So of course there are a variety of pronunciations for the same word. Where did they ever get this idea? There is NOT that much variation of the standard Canadian accent across the country, it’s basically the same with only slight nuances in between Provinces. Authors Top. This is absolutely false. Is Important | Dialect Blog. I have heeaed it said exactly like “a boat” as though they were saying just that, and then I have heard another type of version thst’s a bit weaker. So this is probably one of those bits of dialect folklore that survives despite evidence to the contrary. So South Park can only be credited for making it more popular. well, what would YOU call people from the United States? Themes New fonts. But because of our differences, this umbrella term is rarely useful or accurate. 1 Overview 2 List of Coonstagram followers 2.1 South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Base Game) 2.2 From Dusk to Casa Bonita 2.3 Bring the Crunch Coonstagram is an app in which characters use to communicate with each other. They speak with an exaggerated accent and usually end all of their sentences with 'Eh', 'Buddy', 'Pal', 'Guy' or 'Friend'. What I have heard, however, is pronunciations like “a-beh-oot” and “a-buh-oot”. After obtaining a passport, the New Kid comes to Canada to get the documents translated. 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