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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.”

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

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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

    @Will,

    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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