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Old 11-28-2023, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Oh, !%@*%! https://nationalpost.com/news/canada...rits-americans
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Old 11-28-2023, 02:05 PM
 
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I'm curious in whether or not Canadians can be lumped together as being too "friendly"... as in saying sorry etc.

So not sure if politeness or friendliness can be applied across the board for Canadians... it's more regional. I'm betting it's similar in the States.
"Polite" and "friendly" are NOT at all the same thing!

The stereotype is that Canadians can come across as "almost too polite," never that they are "too friendly"!
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Old 11-28-2023, 02:14 PM
 
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That is probably true for most Americans. Unless they live near the border, are really into Hockey or have relatives here, Canada just doesn't come up that much.
I was into hockey before/when Gary Bettman ruined the NHL. There was a lot more Canada in it, but also a lot of Europeans, and it didn’t really translate into much culture sharing…hockey isn’t a polite sport lol
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Old 11-28-2023, 02:18 PM
 
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"Polite" and "friendly" are NOT at all the same thing!

The stereotype is that Canadians can come across as "almost too polite," never that they are "too friendly"!
That is true. I am the sort of person who talks to strangers, at the very least with a nod or good morning/afternoon in passing while out walking.

I noticed that some Canadians did not respond or pretended not to see me, which I thought was odd. Others were just as friendly and responsive as if they had grown up in NJ.
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Old 11-28-2023, 02:35 PM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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Big cities and the surrounding towns full of commuters are the worst for friendliness. People generally don’t know their neighbours, a lot of passive aggressive BS with neighbours calling bylaw to complain on eachother . I can’t stand it. People who say hello when passing people on a walk, keep doing what you’re doing. Don’t let these busybodies stuck in the rat race bring you down. I think the problem is people especially in big metro areas are constantly moving from house to house and town to town so don’t care to form real connections. It’s sad.
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Old 11-28-2023, 02:51 PM
 
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Several years ago I was in a thread with a number of Southerners (it may even have been on C-D, I can’t remember). The subject of the phrase “bless your heart” came up. I was completely surprised by the explanations. I had no idea.

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"Bless your heart" is a phrase common to the Southern United States. The phrase has multiple meanings and is used to express genuine sympathy but sometimes as an insult that conveys condescension, derision, or contempt. It may also be spoken as a precursor to an insult to mitigate its severity. Meanings range from sincerity to exasperation, and are primarily imparted through context and tone. While common in the South, it is primarily used by individuals who wish to "be sweet” and do not wish to "act ugly."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bless_your_heart
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Old 11-28-2023, 02:59 PM
 
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I am so homesick for Bancroft.
It's such a quaint little place... we made it a point to visit some of the mom & pop diners for bfast everyday even though we could have easily made our own food.

Oh and there are the same ol dudes hanging out @ the Timmies
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Old 11-28-2023, 03:10 PM
 
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Several years ago I was in a thread with a number of Southerners (it may even have been on C-D, I can’t remember). The subject of the phrase “bless your heart” came up. I was completely surprised by the explanations. I had no idea.

For those who don’t know:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bless_your_heart
Yes, "Bless your heart" can mean a lot of different things but the most common, in my experience, is "You're an idiot."
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Old 11-28-2023, 03:14 PM
 
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Big cities and the surrounding towns full of commuters are the worst for friendliness. People generally don’t know their neighbours, a lot of passive aggressive BS with neighbours calling bylaw to complain on eachother . I can’t stand it. People who say hello when passing people on a walk, keep doing what you’re doing. Don’t let these busybodies stuck in the rat race bring you down. I think the problem is people especially in big metro areas are constantly moving from house to house and town to town so don’t care to form real connections. It’s sad.
When I lived in Toronto and out walking, I found that strangers were the friendliest if I had my dog with me. Perhaps it was a perception that animal lovers were less likely to be bad people. It may have helped that my dog was cute - a friendly Lhasa Poo.
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Old 11-28-2023, 04:17 PM
 
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When I lived in Toronto and out walking, I found that strangers were the friendliest if I had my dog with me. Perhaps it was a perception that animal lovers were less likely to be bad people. It may have helped that my dog was cute - a friendly Lhasa Poo.
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Must be. I take my solid black German shepherd on city walks so she will know how to behave in all situations and people usually give me a wide berth.
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