Cornish Engineering

Cornish Engineering (2007)


January 29, 2007 at 12 PM

And To Which Part of Your Brain Does Your Mouth Attach?

Recent conversation in a café:

Random English Bloke: Is that an American laptop you’re using? Or, uh, perhaps you’re not American.

Luke: I’m Canadian.

Random English Bloke: And which part of Canadia are you from?

There’s a certain logic to it, I suppose. American is to America as Canadian is to… Canadia. Still, would you believe it’s not even the first time someone has called it that?

Previously: Gravity Waves


How did he know your laptop wasn't British?

Patrick Gibson, January 29, 2007

I have American friends that call it Canadia. Go figure.

— Megan, February 1, 2007

We were talking about the power adapter for my MacBook Pro, which I had forgotten. So I was telling him that his iBook power adapter wouldn't work (because of the wattage) but he thought it was because I had a "foreign" laptop... :)

— Luke, February 1, 2007

Tangentially related story: Last week I was ordering tickets through a box office in St Jean sur Richelieu, which I understand is less than 1 hour outside of Montreal. Normally if phoning Montreal, I'll just speak English, but since this was the banlieux I wondered if perhaps I shouldn't expect such a cultured attendant and so I conducted the call in French. As the gentleman on the other end of the phone finished my order, he asked for my mailing address so that he could post me the tickets. I replied that he could send them to '1286 Cartwright Street in Vancouver' and proceeded to give him the postal code. He then asked me which province that was in. !!!

— Emma, February 8, 2007

Okay, okay, I have one too: I was in San Francisco (I think for the first time) and I stopped a fellow on the street to ask for directions. He rather kindly pointed me the right way before asking where I was from. "Vancouver, Canada," I said (the qualification added just in case he confused Canada's Vancouver with Vancouver, Washington). "Welcome to the U.S.A!" he said, pausing for a brief moment before asking, "... Canada's not in the U.S.A., is it?"

Chris, February 8, 2007

Why would you say Vancouver, CANADA, rather than Vancouver, BC... or were you actually trying to prevent confusion with the city of Vancouver, UNITED STATES? ;-)

— bob, March 29, 2007

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