(Closed) Tailgate parties, football, college – help a Canadian poster out!

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Yeah, I guess the whole football thing is lost on Canadians. 😉  And you’re right, we do say college where you mean university.  I have a friend who is Canadian and I also notice that you guys say “Grade 3” where we say “3rd Grade”.  Also I believe that Candadians say that they “write a test”, where we say “take a test”

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Americans tailgate for professional football as well.

College football is sort of regional in my opinion, and depends where you went to school.  In NY, college football isn’t that big of a deal, because we don’t have any “major” teams in this state.  However, in the Midwest, Florida, etc., it’s huge.

In the U.S., schools are called universities or colleges based on their size (I think?)  For example, I went to Marist College, but my friend went to Syracuse University.  But, yes, you do generally say, “I’m going away to college,” or “so-and-so is home from college.”

I’ve only been to Canada once (Montreal my freshman year of college) so I can’t think of anything else.  Although I did find the tipping system at bars in Montreal to be quite strange, but maybe that has changed!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Valhalla – Trust me, there are plenty of Americans who don’t care about college football 🙂 And you can also tailgate for concerts or professional sporting events – it’s basically just partying, drinking +/- grilling out in the parking lot before the event.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@RedHerring: Forgot about concerts!  The Jimmy Buffet tailgate was one of the wildest parties I’ve ever been to!

Post # 7
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Busy bee

I was going to say the same thing as Jessie516.  I got most of my info on Canada from “Degrassi” lol.  I noticed that the “grade 9s” always got themselves into trouble! Smile

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t know anything about Montreal tipping, but maybe BC tipping is just as messed up, and I’m making major mistakes when in the states.

What always gets me is when I go to a restaurant in the US and at the end of the meal they bring you your “check”.  In Canada, at the end of a meal your server would bring you your “bill”.  A check/cheque is giving somebody money, not asking them to pay you.

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