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a derogatory term used in Canada for a person from Newfoundland and Labrador. The term is primarily used in "Newfie jokes," the typical Canadian ethnic joke (akin to Polish jokes in the U.S. or Belgian jokes in France). While the term may be commonly used in a derogatory sense by those not from Newfoundland, many Newfoundlanders use the term with pride amongst themselves, not taking offense to it when used without intention to insult. (Source: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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Submitted March 28th, 2004 by: Bruce


Newfie is only used for someone from Newfoundland, not Labador. A lot of newfies don't like the people from Labador. Also, there was a huge thing going on about the name of Newfound being changed to Newfound and Labador. Comment by: Ashley   
Newfies. We're Canadians too, y'know. (as a take off on "Canadians. We're Americans too, y'know.") Comment by: Nicholas   
I never saw it as a derogatory term. I'm from Ontario/Nova Scotia, so i hope it's not a bad term. I think it's cool that they have that name, if i say I'm an Ontarian it just sounds weird. Comment by: melk   
Here in Alberta we don't use it as a derrogatory term, just as a shortening to the word "Newfoundlanders" Comment by: Alice   
Yeah....that depends on WHERE in Alberta you're talking about. Go to places more populated by the oilfield. It's like a new racism. Comment by: E-dawg   
I am looking to name a dish- it's mac & cheese with cut up hot dogs. Is it called "Newfie Stew"? Comment by: Kim   
I make Newfie stew.... root vegies; Carrots, Potatoes, Rutabaga, and Onion. Cube all and simmer for three 20 minute periods in nuke, stirring between periods. Any meat can be browned and added. Cube meat and toss in a mixture of flour and Montreal steak spice. Fry in a little oil or Prime Rib fat till browned. Add to vegetables at start. Make gravy from liquid, adding flour to thicken and beef extract to enhance flavour. Peas, or beans can be added for that green vegetable craving. Even kids will eat /enjoy this dish! Comment by: Lurch   
I used to live in Alberta and Newfie is not seen as a derogatory term there but that's because they are not Newfoundlanders. If you came to Newfoundland where I live now and said that you would get some mighty dirty looks and you wouldn't be liked. It's only acceptable for Newfoundlanders to say it to each other and even then only in a friendly manner. Comment by: girl   
I agree with E-Dawg. Come to Fort McMurray and they degrad Newfies all the time. Now I have met some rather nice people who loves Newfies. Comment by: Rebecca   
Man sniffs and swallows his snot from his stuffed nose *newfie breakfast* Comment by: TOBES   
Anywhere west of Ontario, newfie can also be used as a derogatory term for anyone from the maritimes. If the person in question is not from Newfoundland, it is considered even more insulting by the person saying it. "but I'm from Nova Scotia" "ya, whatever you're still a newfie." Comment by: Mike   
I never thought it was derogatory, I have several Newfie friends and they have never even blinked when I have said the word and It have never used it in a derogatory way. I think it is a badge of honour in a way a nickname that tells where they are from and the culture they have, I have always said Newfies are the nicest and funniest people in Canada. Comment by: Pista   
In the North East US this would be equivalent to 'New Jersey" and "West Virgina" jokes. Comment by: That Guy   
Polish jokes in the U.S.? Never heard of that... Comment by: molly   
Newfoundland is a NEWFOUNDLANDER. Most of us will take into consideration you might not know the difference, but please, to avoid any miscommunication, refer to us as Newfoundlanders. Comment by: Emily   
A drunk Newfie was stumbling home one day when he got lost and found himself in the bush. He fell to the ground and noticed a lamp. He picked it up, and rubbed it, and out came a genie. "You have three wishes, choose them wisely." says the Genie. The Newfie, looking down at his last, and empty, bottle of beer, smashes it on some rocks and says, "I want a beer that will never run out." A bottle appears in front of the Newfie. He takes it, looks at it, and downs it. He looks at it again, and to his surprise, it was still full. The Newfie being very content starts walking away. "Where are you going," asks the Genie, "You still have two wishes left!" "Well," replies the Newfie, "Give me TWO more of these!" Comment by: Tara   
Yes TOBES thanks for proving the racism issues. Sad really. Comment by: YO!Americano   
im with melk on this one. i had no idea it was derogatory. hope i haven't offended anyone. and yeah, i don't think i'd ever call myself an "ontarian". a bit weird sounding... Comment by: rikki   
Kim, Kraft Dinner and hot dogs (chopped or not) is actually a common meal in the Atlantic provinces. dunno about the rest of Canada tough. :D Comment by: No   
'Think about it, eh! Dares Newfies all over Canada and the Boston States, probley the whole whorl. Jes means his people's from The Island. Comment by: Dave   
In Newfoundland it's mostly used with pride, "I'm a Newfie and proud!" but some people are ashamed and if you call them a Newfie the get pissed. Don't understand them, though. Why hide where you're from? Comment by: Hailee   
Being from major oil-field area in Alberta, I can say that it very honestly is used as a shorted term by MOST people. Fools may use it in a derogatory way, but I'm sure the rest of us in Canada have some other term for those people too. Comment by: Leamop   
"Newfie is only used for someone from Newfoundland, not Labador" The province is called Newfoundland and Labrador now. "Newfoundland" is no longer a province. Comment by: Dave   
What Alice said. I've never heard "Newfie" in a rude way. (Also, dear Americans, "Newfoundland" is pronounced, "newfin- LAND"! You sound really silly when you say "new-FOUND-land"!) Comment by: Shanadian   
Why is it a derogatory term? I'm from PEI which makes me an Islander, is that derogatory? Comment by: Sally   
Once had someone tell me not to say Newfie because it was a slur. Had to explain that most of my family is from Newfoundland and that they all refer to themselves as such. Comment by: Half-Newfie   


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