On Sun, 25 Oct 2009 21:38:48 GMT, HVS
Post by HVS Post by MC Post by Adam Funk
I was under the impression that a lot of Canadians like to
have distinguishing non-American features; for example, I've
heard that "zed" has been on the rise against "zee" (Z)
Nothing "lately" about it. It's been current and standard CdnE forever.
Yup; I certainly never heard "zee" from anyone other than an
American during my Canadian life (1952-82).
Which was similar, I presume, to life as Canadians know it.
That's precisely what I didn't wish to presume -- it would indeed
be presumptuous for me to assume that Canadian life and language as
I "knew" it prior to 1982 is what Canadians still "know", 27 years
Welcome back to the world of the living.
Yeah, I didn't like that phrasing, but I had trouble finding a
concise way of saying it.
"During the years I lived in Canada", "during my Canadian years",
and "in the 30 years I spent in Canada" all make it sound like I
was born somewhere else, moved there for that period of time, and
then moved back out of the country.
"During my first 30 years in Canada" makes it sound like there were
(or might be) more years after that. "From my birth in 1952 until
I left Canada 30 years later" seems a overly biographical for a
So: how would you write "I didn't hear that [during the years I
lived in Canada, which was for 30 years from my birth until
1982]" -- without writing all those words?
CanEng and BrEng, indiscriminately mixed