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Author Topic: Your first introduction to Canadian culture will be....  (Read 3160 times)

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Offline CalvinC

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Your first introduction to Canadian culture will be....
« on: August 15, 2006, 09:50:40 AM »
...likely monetary. So, keep this in mind!

A "looney" (or "loonie") is one dollar, a "twoonie" is two dollars. Both are coins.

Why are they called what they are called? Being Canada, we love to have nature on our money. The dollar coin has a loon on it...et voila! Loonie!! There is a bit of history, though: the original design was lost en route to the mint, and that, in addition to the initial resistance to dollar coins, made this all seen to be perceived as a "crazy affair." Crazy also = loonie. Get it?

Twoonie? Rhymes with loonie. Great Canadian imagination eh?

Mitigating factor: in French, a loonie is not called "un loonie"; it is (I think) called une piece. Practical. Thus a penny is un sou, a nickel is cinq sous, and so on.

Welcome to Canada eh?

andrew

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Re: Your first introduction to Canadian culture will be....
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2006, 09:57:40 AM »
note to self. Use debit card for everything.

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Offline david25luvit

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Re: Your first introduction to Canadian culture will be....
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2006, 10:39:59 AM »
Jonathan I'm with you...Visa Card for everything.  But the idea of having a loonie and a twoonie
in my pocket is intriquing..Hmm!  But I will change out money for taxi's and the like (who don't accept
cards)...

So can we expect Culture Shock, Andrew?   :P  Ya!
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Offline Razorbill

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Re: Your first introduction to Canadian culture will be....
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2006, 10:42:26 AM »
Grin
Hey guys
I happened to be reading the website yesterday and clicked on forums on a whim and read about the gathering.  I'd like to come, but i realize it's a bit last minute.  Whom should I contact?  There are rooms at the hotel so that's no prob.  I'd just like to let someone know I'd like to attend.
Ernie

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Re: Your first introduction to Canadian culture will be....
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2006, 10:45:49 AM »
Ernie

Greetings from Montreal.  I arrived VERY early this morning.

All the information you are seeking can be found in the very first thread on this forum, Titled AMG 06--Montreal Quebec

Our hotel is the Hotel Gouverneur, Place Dupuis.

WWW.gouverneur.com

It might be last minute, but it's never too late.  I hope you decide to join us.

RAB

Offline The Canuck

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Re: Your first introduction to Canadian culture will be....
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2006, 10:46:09 AM »
Hi Ernie,

I'm about leave in 30 minutes...but I'm sure someone else here will guide you.

Hope to see you in Montreal... ;)

Regards,

The Canuck

Offline The Canuck

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Re: Your first introduction to Canadian culture will be....
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2006, 10:47:00 AM »
Hello Rocky,

You are in Montreal sneaky Rocky.  ;D

See ya soon then....

The Canuck

Offline The Canuck

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Re: Your first introduction to Canadian culture will be....
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2006, 10:50:48 AM »
Ernie,

Some people were about to cancel their rooms because they will share rooms...so if it's not too late you might get one of those as it'll be cheaper than their regular prices.

I think there were two available...

Regards,

The Canuck

Offline david25luvit

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Re: Your first introduction to Canadian culture will be....
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2006, 10:55:31 AM »
Ernie...You know what they say...Better late than never.
See you there....... :P
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Offline Razorbill

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Re: Your first introduction to Canadian culture will be....
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2006, 11:01:37 AM »
Thanks guys
I got me a private room - I prefer that.  I'll be arriving 2PM ish on Thursday.  I'll be looking for someone in the lobby.  Looking forward to meeting you guys and gals - it'll be fun and different I'm sure.  A bientôt!

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Your first introduction to Canadian culture will be....
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2006, 11:03:48 AM »
Loony Toons....that's a good description of me lately, as well as the Canadian money!

I'm with you Jonathan, DEBIT CARD.   I'll let Regions Bank figure out how much a loonie and a twoonie is in American $$.

See you all Thursday evening!

Hugs,
Alan
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Offline The Canuck

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Re: Your first introduction to Canadian culture will be....
« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2006, 11:04:18 AM »
Hi Ernie,

You would had been alone in these rooms by the way...they were empty. Anyway looking forward to meet you..I'll add your name to the list for the '' Meet & Greet '',etc...

À bientôt Ernie...

The Canuck

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Re: Your first introduction to Canadian culture will be....
« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2006, 09:40:06 PM »
Hey Guys,
Debit cards are fine to use, but there is an international service charge for using an atm out of the usa.

I still have some paper money from last trip, as well as coins.  I think it's kind of neat to have a $2 coin.  See you tomorrow!
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