For NOdenial, Blondie, and Irreverent, a little taste of home
Ok, I THINK I know what a fritter is...but you've GOT to tell me,
What is a "double-double" and what is a "toonie"???
double double is two cream and two sugar in your Tim Hortons coffee.. when you order it that is what you say. At the drive thru you hear. "Good mornin' can I take your order." Yes, I'd like a large coffee double double. ... and two apple fritters please." That will be $... please drive through to the first window".
Toonie is our Canadian two dollar coin. Loonie is our one dollar coin.
A fritter is a type of donut you can order from Tim Hortons. Doesn't have a whole in it. A nice doughnutty glob with apple chunks mixed in the batter and covered with liquid sugar. They make a nice blueberry fritter as well. (Those are the fritters I'm thinking they mean)... they are sooooo good.
lol...I will be sure to point out this thread to NOdenial.
I doubt he will agree with the statement about Canadians disliking Americans.........otherwise he wouldn't have married me!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Loonie is the unofficial but commonly-used name for Canada's gold-coloured, bronze-plated, one-dollar coin. It bears an image of a common loon, Canada's national bird, on the reverse and of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. The name was a tongue-in-cheek reference not only to the bird but also to the unpopular or "looney" changeover from a paper dollar to a coin in 1987.
The design for the coin was meant to be a voyageur theme, similar to the country's previous one dollar/silver dollar coin, but the dies were lost in transit to the Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg. In order to avoid counterfeiting problems a different design was used. The coin was released to the public on 30 June 1987.
It was unpopular until the government withdrew the one-dollar bill from circulation. As the switch occurred when Brian Mulroney (which rhymes with "loonie") was Prime Minister; hence the coin was in its early years sometimes called "Mulroney's loonie," but this term has largely died out.
The coin has become the symbol of its currency, and as such, Loonie (huard in French) is a slang term for the Canadian dollar in general.
On occasion the coin has shown other images, for instance the War Memorial to commemorate VE day, it is still however referred to as a loonie.
From loonie to "twonie" was a natural step.
I figure it says much about the national character that we resisted the switch to a metal dollar by making a joke of it (laughing a bit at our own looniness).
Drunk Canadians do seem more polite than the drunks I encounter back home. Love those Canadian 'necks and drivers don't seem to exceed the speed limit anymore than the drivers on the Montanabaun.