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- Hi, we're Joel and Lia.

- And today's video is British versus

Canadian versus American english words.

- Yeah! - Yeah!

(quirky music)

So, lots of our followers are American.

But we also get messages from a few Canadians that are like,

please can you include us?


So, that's kinda where the idea for this video came from.

- Yeah, so we're gonna try to keep doing this.

We want to branch out and include Canada more and Australia.

We want to include everyone.

- It's like when someone's kid is left out.

We just want to include everyone.

- We just want to include

everyone. - Everyone.

- We're bombarded with American culture here in the UK.

So that's why we know, sort of more about it.

Where as, these other places,

we don't really hear about Canada.

- No one chats about Canada.

- Which is a travesty.

- Isn't it, we're really sorry.

- Yeah, we're sorry, so we're gonna talk about Canada today.

- And we're gonna celebrate Canada.

- Yeah, woo hoo!

- If Canada was a child, we'd be like this is our kid.

- Yeah.


- Right, what's the first word?

- So the first word is the word toilet.

- Ugh, do you know, I hate that word.

Can I just say, as an aside, I remember once

I was with someone's very posh mom

and I said "Where's the toilet?"

and she was like, "Don't you every call it

"a toilet ever again, it's a loo."

- It's a loo.

- And, I've never said the word

toilet since and that was in 2011.

- Yeah.

- Anyway, toilet.

- So Brits will say toilet or loo,

but that's what we tend to say when we want to go

to the loo! - To the loo!


- So, that's the word for the loo.

So, yeah, you've got the British one,

toilet or loo, and the American, you've got

- Bathroom or restroom.

- Bathroom or restroom.

And then, Canadians call it

washroom! - Washroom!

Which I think is really, - I'm gonna wash in there!

- Which again is even more weird, I think, than bathroom.

- Or restroom.

- When Americans say bathroom or restroom,

because, it's like, if you're going

for a wee, you're not washing.

I mean, you'll wash your hands.

- Yeah, you'll wash your hands after.

- Maybe that's why.

- [Both] The washroom.

- It's like I'm just washing my hands.

- And when you pee in the loo and you flush it

it washes it away, so maybe it does make sense.

- Yeah.

- Right, so, there are a couple of words

that Americans don't have a different thing.

They either side with Canada or they side with the UK.

On this one they side with Canada.

We call that stripey thing to cross

the road we call that a

zebra crossing. - Zebra Crossing.

I love a good zebra.

- Americans and Canadians call it a crosswalk.

- Oh, is that what it is?

- Yeah!

- Oh, it's a crosswalk!

- It's a crosswalk.

- Oh, okay.

- Yeah no the zeb, I'm all for the zebra crossing.

- And I heard a Canadian talk about this

and Americans will probably feel the same.

They're like, not only is zebra

crossing weird because you think

of the animal and it's not what we call it,

but you call it zeb-ra, not zee-bra.

- Oh!


Zebra, they're like what on earth are you on about?

- Yeah, what is a zebra?

- Zebra crossing.

- But I really like zebra.

- I love a good zebra crossing.

- If someone says zee-bra to me,

it just triggers me, I don't know why.

- Aww, do you get triggered?

- Yeah.

- Aww, Joel, zee-bra.

- Zee-bra.

- Do they say the letter "zed" in the alphabet Z?

- Zee, I think that could be why.

- A, B, C ... (mumbles through alphabet) X, Y, Z.

- Yeah, they say X, Y, Zee and we say X, Y, Zed.

- I love how I had to do the whole alphabet

- [Both] (mumble alphabet)


I forgot the alphabet as well.

I was like, they're gonna know.

Okay, so let us move on to the next one.

The next one is clothing.

Do we call it footwear?

- Footwear, yeah.

- So, in the UK we would call the

shoes that you workout in trainers.

So, Joel loves trainers.

- Love trainers.

- Joel has got more trainers than anyone I know.

And, as he gets more successful (laughs),

- It's getting worse!

- he just keeps buying trainers.


He's getting ridiculous!

- I've said to my family all the way along,

I was like, I think that's going to be my thing.

My thing is trainers.

- Yeah you love your trainers. - I love trainers.

- If you could maybe wear, this is too extreme.

If you one day, could wear different

trainers every day, would you?

- Oh yeah.

- Oh wow.

- Yeah.

- But then what happens, do you give them away after?

- Yeah. I'd give them away.

- You've worn them, then you're like,

oh they're a bit dirty, they go to charity.

- But then the thing is, I get really attached to things.

So, I will wear them and wear them

and wear them and wear them and wear them, so.

- Okay.

- I would like lots of trainers,

- Yeah.

- but I wouldn't just dispose of them

after using them once, because

if I like them, then I like them

and I would want to wear them. - And, you're attached.

Okay, that's interesting.

- Yeah.

- You'll be like, oh, I miss Monday.

- Yeah, I miss Monday's trainers.


- Okay.

- Anyway.

- Anyway.

This is what you get with Joel and Lia

videos by the way, you get a bit of

informative stuff, then you get tangents.

So if that's what you're into, then subscribe.

If that's not what you're into then, shh.

- Oh they'll be some triggered

people that aren't subscribed.

They'll be like, "You two waffle too much."

I'm like, "That's what this channels' about."

- That's what it's about.

- It's all about waffle.

Someone called us we should be called Being Stupid.


- That's amazing.

I screenshot it.

I shared it on our Instagram pages that this is amazing.

- Yeah.

- Being Stupid, dot dot, Joel and Lia.

(hysterical laughing)

- We should rebrand as that.

- We should, Being Stupid.

- Anyway, so we've touched on it.

We say trainers, Americans say sneakers.

So what do Canadians say?

- Runners.

- Runners

- Runners, yeah, so it's runners.

- That sounds Aussie to me.

- (Australian accent) Oh, I love my new runners.

- My new runners.

- Yeah, I was just in the park

last week and I was just, like,

looking at everyone else's runners

and I was getting, I don't know what.

- I wonder if Australians do say runners?

If you're Australian let us know

in the comments what you say.

Do you say trainers or do you say runners?

- Or sneakers?

- I bet they don't say sneakers.

- Yeah, but, just imagine Josh right now.

Josh is our Australian friend.

Imagine him saying, "Oh I like your..."

- Runners. - trainers.

He'd say trainers, no?

- I think he'd say runners.

- Really?

- I don't know.

(phone ringing)

He's probably out running.

- Yeah, probably.

- In his ... (phone answers)

- Hiya.

- Hi, Josh.

We've got a very quick question.

We're filming a video right now.

You're Australian.

What do you call the things you

put on your feet, casual things.

- No, for exercising?

- For exercise?

- [Josh] Oh, exercise?

- Yeah, what are they called?

- [Josh] I don't know, joggers, runners?

- Runners!

- [Josh] Sneakers, sneakers.

- Sneakers?

- Wait, what are runners?

What are runners?

- [Josh] That's how Americans say it.

- Is it?

- Well, that's just ruined our whole video.


- [Josh] I'm so confused.

- So, we call them trainers, we've

heard Americans call them sneakers.

And, apparently, Canadians call them runners,

but I that's an Aussie thing as well, is it?

- [Josh] I have no idea.

- Oh.

- [Josh] I'm a bad Australian.

- You're the worst Australian.

- Great, thanks a lot, Josh!

- Thanks a lot, Josh!

- (laughing) Thanks a lot.

Thanks to you our video is ruined (laughing).

Okay then, bye Josh!

- [Josh] Okay, bye.

- Bye!

- Thanks, Josh!

- I love it!

- Okay, bye!

- I love it when you end a phone call, "Okay then!"

- He must just be like, "What just happened?"

Anyway, Australians, I think that's confirmation

that they call them joggers or runners,

but joggers to us means sweatpants.

- Yeah, jogging bottoms.

- Jogging bottoms.

- I wear my jogging bottoms.


Okay, moving on because we've got so many to get through.

- I know!

- Okay, so the next one is what

we would call a multi-story carpark.

- Oh, yeah, why, what do they call it?

- So in American English you might say parking garage.

- No.

- Yeah.

- No.

- (American accent) Parking garage.

- When it's a multi-story carpark?

- Yeah, a multi-story carpark.

- You can't call that a garage.

- A parking garage. - No you can't.

That's a huge garage.

- That's triggering.

- But then get this, Canadians call it a parkade.

(high pitched laughing)

A parkade, like it's an arcade.

- I'm like, (French-Canadian accent)

"What goes on in here in the parkade?"

- (French-Canadian accent) In the parkade.

- There's people doing.


Oh my gosh, that sounds like a disco.

- Yeah, doesn't it.

- With like, people doing parkour.

And people like flipping up and down.

That's hilarious. - So funny.

(English-Canadian accent) I'm going to the parkade.

Where are you in the parkade?

- So good.

- I wanna do my birthday in the parkade, mom.

Comment below if you're loving that as much as we are.

Okay, next one is a dressing gown.

Like a bathrobe, but you don't have

to wear it after you've had a bath.

You just wear it to keep warm.

So, we call it a dressing gown.

- Americans call it bathrobe, so that's what they call it.

- Oh lovely bathrobe and ...

- And I've written this down.

I don't think Lia has seen it.

Read what Canadians call it.

You're not going to believe it.


- That can't be real.

- It is. It's true.

- Housecoat.

- They call it a housecoat.

- Housecoat.

- A house coat (laughing).

- Where's my housecoat?

- Where's my housecoat?

That's hysterical.

- Oh my gosh, that's amazing, where's my coat?

Which one?

My housecoat.

- My housecoat, not my outdoor coat.

My housecoat. - My housecoat.

- (laughing) That's so funny.

- So good.

And this was from a genuine Canadian

article by a Canadian that's like,

"Yeah, we call them housecoats."

- No that's too much.

- Baffling.

- That's amazing.

- So good.

- And over here you'll find the housecoats.

- Yeah.

- That's so funny, imagine, imagine.

- I can't decide, though, what I prefer.

I really like dressing gown and I really like bathrobe.

I just really like both of those words.

- Dressing gown.

- Dressing gown or a bathrobe.


I just love it.

It's so posh.

- Yeah, dressing gown or bathrobe.

- So, we've go two more.

- Okay.

- One of them is we call something you

put on your back, a bag you

put on your back, we call it a backpack.

- Oh yeah, I call it a backpack.

- Americans call it a rucksack.

- Rucksack, I've never really used that.

- No, but Brits would say it, though, wouldn't they?

- Yes, it's not unheard of.

- No, if someone said, "I've brought my rucksack."

I'd be like, "Cool."

But we mostly would call it a backpack.

- Yeah.

- And then Canadians, apparently, call it knapsack.

- No. Stop.

Knapsack. - Knapsack

Where's my knapsack?


- I thought you said nap snack.

Where's my nap snack?

- Where's my nap snack?

- Snacks!


- Snacks. Nap snacks.

- I have heard knapsack before,

but I wonder where it comes from?

- We've got a friend who has a channel

on YouTube all about backpacking.

Her name is Backpacking Bananas.

And as we've read that one out now,

now I'm thinking maybe she should rebrand

as Knapsacking Bananas.

Reach different people, like, Rucksacking Bananas.

- Rucksacking Bananas.

It doesn't sound as good, does it?

- Backpacking Bananas.

- Rucksacking.

- So, she has to be a fruit beginning with R.

- Oh yeah.

- Rucksacking Rhubarb.


- Guys, this is our friend,

Rucksacking Rhubarb! - Rucksacking Rhubarb!


- I hope she watches this!

- We should suggest this to her.

- She's gotta watch this.

Sorry, if you know Christie, that's so funny.

- It's so good.

- Little rhubarb!



- Okay.

- Last one.

- So, the last one, I don't even know how to say it.

Americans say the same as us, beanie.

The hat you wear in the winter and you try and pronounce it.

I don't even know how.

- Is that a Q?

- Yeah.

- Toque.

- Toque.

- Like a toque.

- Toke not Tawk?

- T-O-Q-U-E.

So, if anyone can help us with that.

Why do I think that the camera speaks back.

- Yeah, what is it?

- What is is guys?

Someone will be shouting at their screen

and I'm like, that's why YouTube needs to do voice comments.

- Yeah, so you can pronounce it.

- But how scary would that be?

- I know. I don't want it.

But, people wouldn't leave hate comments

because people leave hate comments

when they want to be anonymous.

So, it would be quite good.

- Yeah, you'd have to, okay, anyway.

Toke or tawk, tawkie.

- It's just funny.

Where does that come from?

Maybe it's a French word?

Because Canadians, lots of the speak French?

I don't know.

- Yeah, that's really weird, it's a beanie hat.

I think if we sat with a Canadian,

and he or she was like, "Hey, I'm just wearing

"my housecoat and I've got my toque

"and my knapsack." - Sounds about right.

- We'd be like, "Huh?"

- Well, now we know all of them,

but five minutes ago we'd be like, "What?"

- But I love that there's even a difference

between America and Canada when you

two are basically the same country.

- Oh! - Is that offensive?

- Triggered!

- But they're very close and they

are technically both America because

America is like the continent.

- That's all the words and all the chat.

All the tangents.

- This video is probably very long.

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So, thanks for that, we will see you next time.

- See you soon. - Bye guys.

- Bye.

I'm loving these not my vibe t-shirts.

- [Lia] Me too, they're absolutely fantastic.

- [Joel] They're great aren't they?

- [Lia] They're so good, I'm not sweating.

- [Joel] They're actually quite thick as well.

They're like comfortable and I just love it.

Love it. Love it. Love it.

- [Lia] Love it. Love it. Love it.

I can't wait to see how it washes.

- [Joel] I know.