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Sunday, April 27, 2008

The DeCanadianization of Peter

Today I am officially an American. I tried to fight it, but it's done. I've been assimilated. Resistance was futile. The last vestiges of my Canadianness are gone, and it goes back to being a hidden little secret. I guess I can finally stop spelling words with extra 'u's. It's not like I'm ashamed of it or anything, in fact I tried to recreate the Canadian flag on my knife kit. I guess observant people will be able to still tell whether it be from my pronunciation of 'out', my references to Degrassi, or my acceptance of people from other cultures, all of which definitely label me an non-American.

So why did this happen? No I didn't buy a gun...although that would have been my first guess too. Today I finally switched over to California plates. I guess this means my car is American as well.

2 Comments:

  • The biggest DeCanadianization for me was dropping the extra "u"s, as well as using "er" instead of "re" (e.g. "shopping center" instead of "shopping centre"). It was at my first job here, where most of the communications that I wrote were for Americans and I didn't want to have to explain the different spelling all the time. Ironically, I now work with a lot of international people so I see British (or Canadian) spelling quite often again.

    By Anonymous Lucy, at 7:55 PM  

  • don't let go of your Canadianness...It's the best part about you! Don't let this country suck you into it's evil, slutty loins. Think of it as an infiltration not assimilation.

    By Anonymous Ayla Jane, at 12:00 AM  

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