by Norman Descendants August 15, 2017


Winter is coming, learn these sayings to survive in Canada.

In Canada, there are unique words and sayings that don't exist or are used in other parts of the world. The language had over 400 years to develop on its own as it became isolated from its Norman and Parisian Origins. Below is what you would hear from those of French-Canadian descent, even in the United States.

Quebec Winter Carnival
Carnaval de Québec

It is Cold: Y Fait Frette
What you would hear when temperatures drop to -25°C or when an excuse is needed to stay indoors.

Crazy Carpet: Crézi Carpette.
A Crazy is a thin flexible piece of plastic one can use as a sled in the snow.

White Sh*t: Marde Blanche
A vulgar saying you will start to hear as winter drags on.

Heavy snowfall: Bordée de Neige
You will hear this usually in the morning when the frustrated need to tackle the snow hill in their driveway.

Beenie: Tuque
Known in the U.S. as a knitted cap, beanie or ski cap which originated with the French-Canadians.

Mitten: Mitaine
A glove of wool, of silk or skin where the hand among all full, without any of separation for fingers, except for the thumb; muffle.

Snowblower: Souffleuse
Snowplow: Déneigeuse
Snowdrift: Banc de Neige
Flurry of snow: Poudrerie
Slush: Slotche
Toboggan: Traîne Sauvage
Neckwarmer: Cache-cou

Joannie Rochette personifies Star Fairy during the Santa Claus Parade in Montreal in 2014

In Canada, there is also La Fée des Étoiles 'The Star Fairy'. She is the assistant of Santa Claus.

There are other expressions and words that are used in Canada that isn't uniquely Canadian, the following are of European origin:

Yule Log: Bûche de Noël
Snowball Fight: Bataille de boules de Neige
Having a runny nose: Avoir la guédille au nez
Christmas: Noël
New Year's Eve: Jour de l'An
Festive Holiday Season: Temps des Fêtes
Christmas Tree: Sapin de Noël
Christmas Decoration: Décoration de Noël
Snowman: Bonhomme de Neige
Shovel the Snow: Pelleter



Norman Descendants
Norman Descendants

Normans were the people who gave their name to Normandy, a region in northern France. They were descended from Viking conquerors lead by Rollo of the territory and the native Merovingian culture formed from Germanic Franks and Romanised Gauls. Their identity emerged initially in the first half of the 10th century, and gradually evolved over succeeding centuries.