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I am a Cape Bretoner
Hey, I’m not a coal miner, or a fisherman and I don’t live in a company house or own a kilt or play bagpipes, and I don’t know John MacDonald although I’m sure if you knew his father’s name or his family nickname, I might.
My father is on pogie…not Employment Insurance. I speak Cape Bretonese not English or French – unless I’m from Cheticamp. I say “Yous” not “you” when I am referring to more than one person.
I can proudly sing every word to “The Island”. I believe in saying Arsehole not A_hole, that Ashley MacIssac was fine until he went to
Toronto, that “bet up” is the past tense of beat, and that after fifty you must go to “the Bingo”.
The stick is something Ma threatened to beat you with… you are a minority in Cape Breton if your Grandmother didn’t have at least one picture of the Pope or that portrait of Jesus Christ and a “puck” means a really hard punch or hit, not just something you use in hockey.
Nothing nice ever comes after the phrase “that one”, your cousin is your cousint.
Just as a conversation can begin with “What’s going on B’ye”….you can ask a complete stranger to “saves a puff”. Moonshine, if drunk well, will give you the shits and you don’t laugh really hard at something you
“roar” at it.
A BUNGALOW IS A COTTAGE
YOU DON’T PRONOUNCE THE ”H” AT THE END OF KEITH’S
AND HOW IN THE HELL DO YOU PRONOUNCE “H” AGAIN?
BY THE WAY, IT’S A ”POINT” OF RUM, NOT A PINT OF RUM
CAPE BRETON IS AN ISLAND OFF OF NOVA SCOTIA
THE FIRST NATION OF TARABISH AND FIDDLE MUSIC
AND THE BEST PART OF NORTH AMERICA
MY LAST NAME STARTS WITH “MAC”
AND I AM A CAPE BRETONER!
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