United States Ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins, recently joked about the language barrier
that he has discovered since he accepted his post in Ottawa.
The former South Carolina House speaker may have shocked his former colleagues when he greeted them in French, but he later went on to explain the language barrier also applies to English-speaking people in Canada who may not understand some Southern ways of saying things.
"There's no Canadian equivalent of 'y'all,'" Wilkins said. "So I have to explain to my Canadian friends that the plural of y'all is 'all y'all.'"
Wilkins also said he once spent 15 minutes explaining about a campaign event called a "peanut boil."
Things got a little clearer when the Canadian reporters he was talking to realized he wasn't saying "bowl."
Take heart, Mr.Wilkins. This Canuck south of the 49th can relate.
I have no idea what my husband is talking about two-thirds of the time.