Thoughts on web programming and the world of technology

January 23, 2013, reading time: under one minute

Canada is a schizophrenic country

I have now lived in Canada for over two years and there are some things that Canadians can’t seem to make up their mind on.

Spelling

Canadian spelling is stuck half way between British spelling and American spelling. Canadians will say:

  • colour, favourite, honour (which are all British)
  • program, realize (which are all American)

Measuring units

When you’re driving in Canada, everything is in kilometers. Snow fall is measured in centimeters. And yet, people insist on weighing and measuring themselves in pounds. We just had a baby girl here in Canada and they kept saying, Look she is so big, she is probably over eight.. Sure, she was nice and big but she certainly didn’t weight 8kg! People ask me, How tall are you?, and I respond with 178 and receive blank stares.