Do Americans really believe that Canadians pronounce "About" as "Aboot"?

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  1. Martin Fontaine

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    First in the South Park Movie, I figured, nah, it's just South Park, and since it's a USA vs. Canada war thing, they'd find anything to put us down in a sort.

    Then in Kate & Leopold, when Kate's brother does his imperonations, he does a Canadian one and pronounces About "Aboot". As far as I know, we don't pronounce it like that, is it just a running joke or do americans really believe that?
     
  2. Rob Lutter

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    What are you talking aboot, eh? [​IMG]
     
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    Yes I believe it with all my heart. I have lived it. There is the whole out sounding like "oat" also for which my old roomates were in denial about(aboat) also.
     
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    it might not be as extreme as in the South Park parody, but IMHO there does appear to be a very slight difference.
    since my "background" is more British-baesd, to my mind it's partly a case of the American pronounciation of "out" and "about" being a bit further removed from the British, whilst the Canadian appears somewhere in-between. at least that's what I perceive it to be. and my sister swears that she can easily tell the difference.
    oh well. most of this comes from listening to actors known to be Canadian on TV and in movies. so take it all with a pinch of salt [​IMG]
     
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    Dude, I live in ND like 60 miles from the border. It comes out as aboot. Trust us [​IMG]
    in fact, as I was running up for take off today there was a mooney from canada declaring an emergency for low oil pressure for something, and I could SWEAR when asked about his fuel I heard him say "we've got aboot 45 US gallons"
     
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    There's also a reference to this in an old Simpson's episode, where Milhouse gets a girlfriend, and her father sends her to a boarding school run by French-Canadian nuns.
    The girl says "They're very nice, but they never let us oot."
    Yes, it's a over-dramatization of reality, but as they say, in every stereotype, there's a little bit of truth. [​IMG]
     
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    just listen to hockey players from canada in an interview. it's there.
     
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    BTW don't even get me started on the MN/ND accents [​IMG]
     
  9. Jagan Seshadri

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    Am I the only Canadian who speaks "NBC Standard" English?

    About = a-BOWt, right?

    -JNS
     
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    Its there but South Park is a definite exaggeration. At the Salt Lake Olympics the Canadian female pair skater (you know, the two that got robbed) consistently said aboot. Subtle, but noticeable. If you see her in any interviews check it out. Nothing wrong with an accent, unless its Madonna's new English sounding thing she has going on. [​IMG]
     
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    You guys do realize that there is no one single "Canadian" accent, right?
    Just checking. [​IMG]
     
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    It definitely does not sound like "aboot", it sounds like "ahboat", as in:

    "We're oat and ahboat spending our Cahnayjin dohlers, ay." (although "ay" is usually best spelled "eh" IMO, it still sounds to me like a long "a" sound)

    Just having a little fun here. I love our northern (or here in Metro Detroit, some of them southern) neighbors.

    Now, I understand my Scottish (they would say "Scotch", but I won't go there) forebears were known to go "oot and aboot" from time to time, and that they might have baited a trap with cheese in order to catch a "wee moose".
     
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    For the definitive answer on "The Canadian Accent," go to the ultimate source material: Strange Brew.
     
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    I have friends from New Orleans that say the same thing.

    Aboot. Hoose. etc.
     
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    Aboot?? Sounds Scottish to me... "Hoots, mon! There's a moose loose aboot the hoose!" etc. etc.
    I've never heard a Canadian sound remotely Scottish - you Yanks need your ears checked!![​IMG]
     
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    "We have ways of making you pronounce the letter O, pal."



    Sorry, just had to throw out a Canadian Bacon ref.

    -V
     
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    I've lived in Canada for 23 years now and this is the first I have heard of aboot. Mind you, I am based in Toronto so this is not represntative of the rest of the Country.

    Aboot almost sounds Scottish to me, so maybe they refer to the Maritime side of the country and not the present timeframe either.
     

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