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In 1972, 14,000 school children and their parents were surveyed in every province in Canada - the Survey of Canadian English.


In 2016, I decided to focus on one question from the 1972 survey examining a vocabulary preference for the word meaning “deep-fried oblong pieces of potato”.

In 2016, do we refer to these as a) chips, b) french fries, or c) fries?

I questioned a total of 26 Ontarians - 13 being between the ages of 18-24, along with one of their parents.


Restudying this question 4 decades later allows for 2 snapshots into Canadian culture. Not only can we see how language changes over time, but also how language differs between generations.

Read it here.
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