Author Margaret Atwood wrote recently in Conde Nast Traveller UK that Newfoundland was her favourite island. She describes the island as “vigorous”, calling Newfoundlanders a “very funny people with their own traditional music and Newfoundland vocabulary”.
In Newfoundland, a taxi driver might ask Where ya at? and then tell you he’ll be dere dreckley.
G’wan b’y! is sort of a friendly explicative which means No way, really?
B’y, ducky, me son, and m’love are terms you will hear all the time, tacked on to the end of most sentences, as terms of endearment. And if a Newfoundlander slaps you on the shoulder and says hello, me ol’ cock! don’t worry. This means you’re a pal, not a rooster…or worse.
Indeed, Newfoundland English is so unique that there is now a Newfoundland Dictionary– a fascinating read for linguists and travellers alike.
One of the funniest parts about Newfoundland is her place names: cheerful monikers originating from English and Irish seafaring terms, back when dildoe was the part of a rowboat also known as a thole pin, and tickle was a thin inlet of water.
But to the modern ear, some of the towns and inlets of in Newfoundland and Labrador sound downright dirty!
Below is a list of Newfoundland place names that will make you blush:
Blow Me Down
Come by Chance
And here are a few more:
Little Heart’s Ease
If Newfoundland’s beautiful scenery combined with these cheerful, saucy place names don’t inspire you to adventure in Canada’s most easterly province, then perhaps you need to chill out!
But guess what? Newfoundland’s got that covered too!
Like saucy place names? Saskatchewan is cheeky too!