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#1 Posted by chocolaterhinovampire (1288 posts) -

Does anyone else think our (Canadians) insistence on putting u's in words like "favour" and "honour" is stupid. Maybe it is just one of those things we do to delude ourselves in to feeling unique? Us Canadians do a lot of things right. Getting rid of the penny? Right. Not having single dollar paper bills? Right. Not having our money just one color? Totally right. Having bagged milk? You bet that's right. But this whole putting U in things never sat well with me. Kudos to you America for cutting the U.

#2 Edited by Seppli (10251 posts) -

@chocolaterhinovampire said:

Does anyone else think our (Canadians) insistence on putting u's in words like "favour" and "honour" is stupid. Maybe it is just one of those things we do to delude ourselves in to feeling unique? Us Canadians do a lot of things right. Getting rid of the penny? Right. Not having single dollar paper bills? Right. Not having our money just one color? Totally right. Having bagged milk? You bet that's right. But this whole putting U in things never sat well with me. Kudos to you America for cutting the U.

It's the British spelling. Spelling these words with the letter U is more common, and arguably more correct and less *special* than you seem to think - globally-speaking. Americans are the odd man out. Canadians are just more in line with the rest of the world.

#3 Posted by MikkaQ (10270 posts) -

As a Canadian I think our lack of dollar bills is what's ruining us as a society.

But I also agree with this, putting in Us and shit just to look more loyal to the British is dumb. We broke off a long time ago, we need to realize that. This is North America, and you don't need any fancy pants Us to spell it!

#4 Posted by chocolaterhinovampire (1288 posts) -

It just doesn't make sense to me...it is favOR not favOURite. Basically American got this right

#5 Posted by chocolaterhinovampire (1288 posts) -

@mikkaq: Really??? you want a paper dollar instead of a nice shiny looney?

#6 Posted by FunkasaurasRex (847 posts) -

I am also Canadian and I think we should add more U's to our wourds.

#7 Edited by chocolaterhinovampire (1288 posts) -
#8 Edited by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -

What in the fuck is bagged milk?

#9 Posted by MildMolasses (3214 posts) -

It just doesn't make sense to me...it is favOR not favOURite. Basically American got this right

Trying to put logic into language doesn't work, especially with U's (and GH's)

Through

Thought

Bough

Rough

Cough

Dough

Plough

The U stands. It's the Americans that are trying to dumb down the language. They are the console gamers of English

#10 Edited by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

Spelling words with u's is how I indicated that I am not American on the internet.

#11 Edited by Evikull (60 posts) -

The American standardisation - or simplification - of the English language to match spellings with pronunciations. Or something like that. Perhaps a good idea, but taking letters out of words makes them smaller, and we all know that bigger words make you sound smarter. If anything we should be adding more letters.

#12 Edited by ShadowConqueror (3050 posts) -

I'm American and I prefer the British spellings, but I almost never use them colloquially.

#13 Posted by MikkaQ (10270 posts) -

@mikkaq: Really??? you want a paper dollar instead of a nice shiny looney?

Well our money is plastic now, not paper. But yes to both. A looney is a coin, and thus of no value to my brain, a bill makes it seem more valuable and I'd be more likely to save my change instead of spending it.

#14 Edited by MattyFTM (14351 posts) -

"Our" is a better phonetic representation of the sound in those words than "or" is. There is no hard "or" sound in those words. It's softer. It's closer to an "er" sound than an "or" sound. Let's just change the spelling to "flaver" and "faverite". No? That's dumb? OK then, let's just keep it as "flavour" and "favourite" then.

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#15 Posted by Daneian (1208 posts) -

@tylea002 said:

What in the fuck is bagged milk?

#16 Edited by joshwent (2144 posts) -

Trying to put logic into language doesn't work, especially with U's (and GH's)

Through

That's why when I go get some fast food I can ride down the Drive Thru.

Another problem solved thanks to American innovation.

#17 Posted by mak_wikus (508 posts) -

@seppli said:

@chocolaterhinovampire said:

Does anyone else think our (Canadians) insistence on putting u's in words like "favour" and "honour" is stupid. Maybe it is just one of those things we do to delude ourselves in to feeling unique? Us Canadians do a lot of things right. Getting rid of the penny? Right. Not having single dollar paper bills? Right. Not having our money just one color? Totally right. Having bagged milk? You bet that's right. But this whole putting U in things never sat well with me. Kudos to you America for cutting the U.

It's the British spelling. Spelling these words with the letter U is more common, and arguably more correct and less *special* than you seem to think - globally-speaking. Americans are the odd man out. Canadians are just more in line with the rest of the world.

#18 Edited by oldenglishC (922 posts) -

Totally with you on the ridiculous extra u's, but the persecution of bagged milk has got to stop (that shit's fresh and delicious).

Pretty sure all the money I spent across the border in Windsor between the ages of 19-21 entitles me to some type of Canadian vote, so I'm down if there's some type of movement to fix your silly Euro-spelling.

#19 Posted by arab_prince (2053 posts) -

It just doesn't make sense to me...it is favOR not favOURite. Basically American got this right

LOL whatttttt??? based on what? Your opinion? Canada is the best and the U is the greatest letter in the english, french, spanish, and german languages.

#20 Posted by GrantHeaslip (1543 posts) -

I think it looks better. I'm far from a linguist, but doesn't it have something to do with Britain going through a French phase at some point?

A related pet peeve of mine: Canadians who use "-ise" (e.g. "organise"). That's simply not the correct Canadian spelling. I know there's no official rulebook (aside from federal government style guidelines, I guess?), but "-ize" is simply the the accepted standard. We don't just use British spellings, we use a hybrid of American and British.

@tylea002 said:

What in the fuck is bagged milk?

Speaking as someone who stocked the dairy aisle at a grocery store in high school, it's super dumb and needs to go away. I can't count the number of times one of those fuckers would break and I'd have to jump back to avoid getting hit by a water balloon of milk. And I'm lactose intolerant, which really added insult to injury.

#21 Posted by Juno (42 posts) -

Bagged milk is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of a carton or jug, you can buy bags of milk. Google Image Search should clarify.

#22 Edited by Milkman (16541 posts) -

Fuck bagged milk.

#23 Posted by AuthenticM (3700 posts) -

@mattyftm said:

"Our" is a better phonetic representation of the sound in those words than "or" is. There is no hard "or" sound in those words. It's softer. It's closer to an "er" sound than an "or" sound. Let's just change the spelling to "flaver" and "faverite". No? That's dumb? OK then, let's just keep it as "flavour" and "favourite" then.

Yup. This man right here.

#24 Posted by RazielCuts (2942 posts) -

#25 Edited by Jams (2960 posts) -

@mattyftm said:

"Our" is a better phonetic representation of the sound in those words than "or" is. There is no hard "or" sound in those words. It's softer. It's closer to an "er" sound than an "or" sound. Let's just change the spelling to "flaver" and "faverite". No? That's dumb? OK then, let's just keep it as "flavour" and "favourite" then.

We say our more in line with hour. and or is more like oar. so flavor doesn't sound out like flaver(depending on the area I guess), but our proper way is to say it like flavoar. Not flavouououououralluminium

JOG OFF! ... ?

#26 Posted by chocolaterhinovampire (1288 posts) -

@arab_prince: I thought it was already known that this is my opinion...hence why I said I think it is stupid

#27 Edited by chocolaterhinovampire (1288 posts) -

@milkman: American milk tastes fucking weird and I don't know if it is a different processing procedure or what but it is weird as hell. Tastes off and it even looks off (shit be floating in it instead of that nice solid white Canadian milk)

#28 Edited by Abendlaender (2768 posts) -

As a non-canadian: That's I we learned it in school in europe, so I don't think it's weird at all.

Edit: I hope I don't offend some sort of canadian national treasure by saying this but: Bagged milk looks unpractical as hell.

#29 Posted by chocolaterhinovampire (1288 posts) -

@mikkaq: I think the new bills look and feel like shit but it does make me think of the fuuture

#30 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7056 posts) -

@milkman: American milk tastes fucking weird and I don't know if it is a different processing procedure or what but it is weird as hell. Tastes off and it even looks off (shit be floating in it instead of that nice solid white Canadian milk)

Where did you go that had stuff floating in your milk because I'm an American not too far from Canada (Live in South Dakota.) and I've never heard of such nonsense. If I saw milk with stuff floating in it I'd avoid that milk.

#31 Edited by MooseyMcMan (10566 posts) -

NO PENNIES = NO FREEDOM.

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#32 Edited by Vinny_Says (5691 posts) -

Don't be acting like Canada is one homogeonous place. Bagged milk doesn't exist in the good parts of Canada only the shitty ones.

#33 Posted by EthanML (451 posts) -

I'm British and fuck this thread.

#34 Posted by MildMolasses (3214 posts) -

@milkman said:

Fuck bagged milk.

I'd argue with you, but if anyone can claim milk as their domain...

#35 Posted by McTangle (157 posts) -

Aluminium.

Your Honour, I rest my case.

#36 Posted by mercutio123 (468 posts) -

@mctangle said:

Aluminium.

Your Honour, I rest my case.

I love being British.

#37 Posted by oldenglishC (922 posts) -

I pay extra money for bagged milk.

#38 Posted by RE_Player1 (7551 posts) -

@mikkaq said:

As a Canadian I think our lack of dollar bills is what's ruining us as a society.

No way dude I love my Loonies and Toonies.

#39 Edited by Humanity (8871 posts) -

@razielcuts: I don't think there is anything more obnoxious than British people making snarky videos about how uncultured Americans are.

Also as fun as bagged milk looks I just don't see the point. It seems rather impractical in every way imaginable?

#40 Edited by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

@humanity said:

@razielcuts: Also as fun as bagged milk looks I just don't see the point. It seems rather impractical in every way imaginable?

That's because it is the most impractical thing ever and I have no idea why it's still being done.

#41 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

Why the fuck would you put milk in a bag?

#42 Posted by Humanity (8871 posts) -

@humanity said:

@razielcuts: Also as fun as bagged milk looks I just don't see the point. It seems rather impractical in every way imaginable?

That's because it is the most impractical thing ever and I have no idea why it's still being done.

Now that I think about it I suppose the one upside is that bags are cheaper than cartons. I have no clue how you guys fit those in the fridge. Don't they just slosh around? Do Canadian fridges have a special bagged milk compartment?

#43 Posted by BrickRoad (702 posts) -

Wii U > Wii

#44 Edited by MikkaQ (10270 posts) -

@abendlaender said:

As a non-canadian: That's I we learned it in school in europe, so I don't think it's weird at all.

Edit: I hope I don't offend some sort of canadian national treasure by saying this but: Bagged milk looks unpractical as hell.

But it's so damn cheap. That's literally the only reason to buy it. It's for college kids (like me) and poor families who can't afford the practicality of a carton of milk. Milk cartons are almost 5 bucks or over 5 bucks in some case (for a 2L carton). It's like 3 and change for the bags and you get like 4 and a half liters. A jug or bottle is unheard of here for some reason.

@chocolaterhinovampire said:

@mikkaq: I think the new bills look and feel like shit but it does make me think of the fuuture

I have that similar split. I think they're futuristic as fuck and reminds me of video game money or something, but as someone who has to work a cashier, FUCK THOSE BILLS. They cling together and don't grip to the hand quite as well, making them a hassle to count. Also I'd align all my 20s by having the Queen's head facing a certain direction, but they swapped the direction which really screws me up when arrange the money.

#45 Edited by crusader8463 (14415 posts) -

No. It's colour. Stop being so damn lazy.

#46 Posted by Damodar (1303 posts) -

@ethanml said:

I'm British and fuck this thread.

I'm Australian and I share your sentiment.

#47 Edited by MrCaptain (364 posts) -

I always thought not using U was the weird one. I'm probably pretty inconsistent with my spelling.

#48 Edited by OldGuy (1517 posts) -

@msavo said:

@mikkaq said:

As a Canadian I think our lack of dollar bills is what's ruining us as a society.

No way dude I love my Loonies and Toonies.

Huh, I thought they were refereed to as Doubloonies (at least some of the folks around Vancouver when I was last there used that appellation)... which is much more fun...

#49 Edited by ReverendHunt (320 posts) -

One of the few things we Americans (the United States flavor) did, was get rid of those vestigial "u"s. Now if only we'd done it with more words and letters.

#50 Edited by MikkaQ (10270 posts) -

No. It's colour. Stop being so damn lazy.

Game Boy Color. Case closed.