A Gaggle of Geese, a Murder of Crows

31 Dec

But what do you call a group of Ontarians gathered together?

I especially enjoyed reading the letters in the New York Times about the overuse and abuse of the word “sorry.” After some twaddle, we got this excellent letter:

To the Editor:

I’m sorry, but the English have no justification for their claim to be the world’s sorriest people. Canadians are well known for their rampant use of the word.

Indeed, a collectivity of them is known as “an apology of Canadians.”

Toronto, Dec. 14, 2013
The writer is director of the Journalism Program at the University of Toronto, Scarborough.


Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Uncategorized


9 responses to “A Gaggle of Geese, a Murder of Crows

  1. Will S.

    January 1, 2014 at 4:53 am


    Indeed, we Canadians do tend to overuse the word, even when we don’t mean it, we offer pro forma apologies, but I like that; means we acknowledge possible offense-giving without getting emotionally involved; no tearfully bullshit Jimmy Swaggart style confessions for us!

    A group of Ontarians together, would be a ‘loyalty of Ontarians’, IMO, because we’re the most pan-Canadian, non-regionalist of Canadians, and the most loyal and patriotic therefore.

    As former premier David Peterson once said, ‘Ontario IS Canada’. And so we are. 🙂

  2. Lena S.

    January 1, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Ah ha ha ha!! That’s great.

  3. electricangel

    January 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm


    A loyalty of Ontarians will constitute a proper subset of an apology of Canadians, then!

    @Lena, good humor can be simply that short, sweet, and true. Canadians really are what I once called “offensively inoffensive.” So pleasant and agreeable that it gets annoying to this New Yorker.

  4. Will S.

    January 1, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    @ EA: Exactly! 🙂

  5. Will S.

    January 1, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    @ EA: When I lived for about a year in upstate NY a decade and a half ago, on my return to Canada, in chatting with friends who asked me what it was like, one thing I noted to them was that New Yorkers loved to argue; I’m sure I said to at least one, ‘You know that show Northern Exposure, where Dr. Fleischmann the transplanted New Yorker in small-town Alaska isn’t happy unless he has some kind of conflict? New Yorkers really are like that; they love to debate, and quarrel.’ 🙂
    [EA: I, uh, agree.]
    [WS: LOL! You’re a most agreeable New Yorker. :)]

  6. Will S.

    January 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm

  7. Will S.

    January 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    From the hilarious Kate Beaton.

  8. Will S.

    February 10, 2014 at 3:44 am

    P.J. O’Rourke writing in National Lampoon in the ’70s sometime:


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