I am a Canadian, and as such language is even more fascinating here IMO because we are the “cocktail shaker” when it comes to languages… English & otherwise.
It is quite common here to hear all manour of terminology and no one really blinks an eye…
So yes the words given above are not that uncommon here. Lark is used here, as is the example for Row but it comes down in many cases to both how a word is pronounced as much as what type of sentence it is used in. So not totally confusing on that front
Row – rOw = an array / line up
Row – rOw = to manipulate a boat
Row – row (rhymes with cow) = noisy argument / brawl
But here is one that clearly shows one is Canadian:
Couch – Sofa – Chesterfield – Settee – Davenport – Loveseat – Canapé
All basically describe the same thing… and many of us use several of them interchangeably… which you use tells a lot more about where in Canada you live / were raised than anything else.
But there are tons of others… as we take words both from our English Roots, French Roots, American Neighbours and our History and blend them all together.
So consequently most Canadians have a long list of words in our vocabulary that we call upon and are understood by many
(sort of in the same way that it is pretty acceptable here to spell many words 2 or 3 different ways… English – American English – and a mix of French & English, to form a Canadian English word… or it might just come across in prononciation.
Exmaple = Pronunciation – Pronounciation – Prononciation or Cheque – Check – Chéque
On top of that, we also have a HUGE mulit-cultural country… so there are words from many other languages that also seep in, we adopt, or adapt and become our own as well.
Canadians might look like many of our British & Amerian Counterparts… but we are truly unique in our own way.
Many folks don’t truly get that until they come for a visit, and I encourage you all to do so.
“Shall I put the kettle on ? Or would you prefer a Brew ?”
(Kettle on = UK phrase to make tea … Brew here like in the US = Beer not tea)
Wikipedia – Canadian English = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_english