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Canadians Share The Simple Ways They Can Spot An American In Canada

Most Americans, at least when I was in college, will claim to be Canadian when overseas. American tourists have gotten such a bad reputation for awful behavior, it was just easier to say.

Maybe times have changed since then, but there is no claiming to be Canadian in Canada. They can spot us instantly, apparently.

This reddit thread explains how Canadians can spot an American.

1.

An American will have no idea what Kraft Dinner is if you ask them.

azureoptical

2.

Even for Americans who live relatively close to our border — there’s a noticeably different accent. There are also specific words such as ‘restroom’ that give them away.

BBQallyear

3.

If someone orders a Bloody Mary instead of a Caesar.

RealPeriniScleroso

4.

When someone says a uni student ‘goes to college’ and is a ‘freshman/sophomore/junior/senior.’

Not_So_Deleted

5.

They don’t carry any protection against the Great Canadian House Hippos.

Sbrimer

6.

They don’t have a dogsled.

gortwogg

7.

When they say ‘eh’ as a strange way to connect with us.

lacontrolfreak

8.

When my American friend was visiting us in Montreal he was constantly calling our money ‘monopoly money’. That certainly outed him as an American.

CT-96

9.

They pronounce the ‘T’s’ when they say Toronto.

Enrique69Shockwave

10.

I have always found Americans to be great hosts but shitty guests.

deevarino

11.

I once heard a guy ask for his coffee with ‘two cream, two sugar’.

Uninvited_Goose

12.

Wearing college or university t-shirts, even if they graduated decades ago.

TiredAF20

13.

They ask for disco fries instead of poutine.

trashtalkinmomma

14.

They wear their outdoor shoes indoors. Few Canadians do that; nearly everyone takes their outdoor shoes off at the door.

Exhausted_but_upbeat

15.

It’s always their driving, I don’t think I can even explain it other than they drive like they own the road.

Man_Bear_Beaver

16.

They say Soda.

meg-kil

17.

Asking for the cheque instead of the bill is a dead giveaway!

zoinksbadoinks

18.

I dated a guy from California once and he looked at me like I was insane when I said I was leaving my car in the parkade. He had no idea what it meant at all, haha.

jazzani

19.

I cannot spot every American I meet, but there is a certain brand of middle-aged American I can always recognize that wears only activewear no matter the context, tips 30%, talks really loudly, and is super friendly to strangers — going as far as stopping strangers on the street to ask how it is to live here, because ‘it is just so European’.

FroyoEmergency6736

20.

I had an American sales rep visit and take me out for lunch. He ordered an iced tea, put 4 packs of sweetener in it, took a sip, made a face and sighed, ‘I always forget that you only serve sweet tea here.’

jleahul

21.

My personal experience has been that they are usually quite a bit louder when they speak then your average Canadian.

Queasy_Astronaut2884

h/t: Buzzfeed