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Canuck

A Canadian. Once often used disparagingly; now a proud label, e.g. "Vancouver Canucks"

A shortening of the Canadian symbol for Canada- Johny Canuck. The UK has John Bull. The USA has Uncle Sam and Canada has Johny Canuck. Probably started by Can. soldier in WW1as a collective. Used extensively by Gov't on posters to advertise and get immigrants from Europe to accept offers of free land in 'the last great west.'(ie. Western provinces). Johny Canuck is a young healthy male standing tall and free. He wears jodpurs, high leather 'mountie' boots, an open check lumberjack shirt, and a wide stetson hat. A great symbol too little used. Comment by: TED BOYLE

Country Code:CA
Submitted December 28th, 2004 by: Canuck Wordsmith

Usage Examples

Captain Canuck is in a race against the clock to save Parliament Hill on Canada Day.
I'm an American, and I say: HAIL CAPT. CANUCK!
 

Comments

was is really used disparagingly? Comment by: adam   
it was never an insult..it was a term created by american soldiers during the war who'd go to pub's overseas and meet up with and often get into drunken fights with canadian soldiers..and promptly get thier butts whupped..and the yanks would say.."dont muck with a canuck" Comment by: Rob   
The word was used in the states to refer to french canadians, mainly in the southern states and was considered an insult Comment by: Tom   
I've heard it used both ways. Good or bad. Comment by: Sylvia   
Hardly ever used on the Sunshine Coast (BC). Most people don't know we're called that, they just think it has to do with the Vancouver Canucks :/ American ignorance rubs off too much here.. Comment by: Tosh   
Used insultingly by New Englanders (US) to refer to French Canadians. Comment by: Stu   
I've heard this one is actually a derogatory slang term used in Germany and Austria. I used to know a guy from Germany who said that was a pretty big insult to call a guy a Canuck. Comment by: Michael   
I am German and we have the word "Kanacke" which sounds pretty similar to the word Canuck. It doesn't refer to Canadians but to foreigners living in Germany. And in this context it is a very insulting word. Comment by: Marrtin   
I've had people from the states call me one before. They assume that it's a poor term. That's more of a southern assumption, though. Comment by: Mariana   
Canuch: A shortningof the Canadian symbol for Canada- Johny Canuck. The UK has John Bull. the USA has Uncle Sam and Canada has Johny Canuck. Probably started by Can. soldier in WW1as a collective. Used extensively by Gov't on posters to advertise and get immigrants from Europe to accept offers of free land in 'the last great west.'(ie. Western provinces). Johny Canuck is a young healthy male standing tall and free. He wears jodpurs, high leather 'mountie' boots, an open check lumberjack shirt, and a wide stetson hat. A great symbol too little used. Comment by: TED BOYLE   
"When not said by Canadians, Canuck can be derogatory. They apply the term to themselves and each other as a term of endearment. But you shouldn't use the term unless you are Canadian. " Comment by: Patricia   

 
 

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