"Canuck" is a
slangterm for Canadians.
The term was coined in the 19th century, although its
etymologyis unclear. Possibilities include:
* "kanata" ["
Random House Dictionary] "village" (See Name of Canada)
* "Can"ada + -"uc" (
* "Connaught", an obscure term for Irish-French-Canadians.
* Some linguists hold that it is derived from the Hawaiian "Kanaka." [Irving Lewis Allen (1990). "Unkind Words: Ethnic Labeling from Redskin to WASP," pp 59, 61–62. New York: Bergin & Garvey. ISBN 0-89789-217-8.]
Random House Dictionarynotes that: "The term Canuck is first recorded about 1835 as an Americanism, originally referring specifically to a French Canadian. This was probably the original meaning, though in Canada and other countries, "Canuck" refers to any Canadian." [http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=20001031]
Usage and examples
Canadians use "Canuck" as an affectionate or merely descriptive term for their nationality. Other nationalities may use the word as an affectionate, or derogatory, or merely a descriptive term.
Usage of the term includes:
Vancouver Canuckshockey team
* Canuck Place Children's Hospital, providing specialized pediatric palliative care in Vancouver BC
Canucks rugbyClub, playing in Calgary since 1968.
Crazy Canucks, Canadian alpine ski racers who competed successfully on the World Cup circuit in the '70s.
Johnny Canuck, a personificationof Canada who appeared in early political cartoons of the 1860s resisting Uncle Sam's bullying. Johnny Canuck was revived in 1942 by Leo Bachleto defend Canada against the Nazis.
* In 1975 in comics by
Richard Comely, Captain Canuckis a super-agent for Canadians' security, with Redcoat and Kebec being his sidekicks. (Kebec is claimed to be unrelated to Capitaine Kébecof a French-Canadian comic published two years earlier.) Captain Canuck had enhanced strength and endurance thanks to being bathed in alien rays during a camping trip. The captain was reintroduced in the mid-1990s, and again in 2004.
Operation Canuckwas the designated name of a British SAS raid led by a Canadian captain, Buck McDonaldin January 1945.
* "The Dark Canuck" is a song on
The Tragically Hip's album " In Violet Light".
Canada Postreleased 45-cent postage stamps depicting Johnny Canuck and Captain Canuck.
*"Canuck" is a nickname for the
Curtiss JN4and Avro CF-100 aircraft. The CF-100 was the only Canadian designed and built jet fighter to enter operational service. From 1950–1958, 692 Canucks were built. They remained in service until 1981
*One of the first uses of "Canuck" — in the form of "Kanuk" — specifically referred to Dutch Canadians as well as the French.
*"Canuck" also has the derived meanings of a Canadian
pony(rare) and a French-Canadian patois["The Oxford Companion To The English Language"] (very rare).
Team Canuckis a small-sized team at RoboCup.
North Plainfield High SchoolCanucks, is the mascot of this High School in New Jersey.
Curtiss JN-4(Can) biplane was known as the Canuck.
* "Canuck the Duck", a character in Return to Zork.
Oxford English Dictionary"
* "Unkind Words : Ethnic Labeling from Redskin to WASP" - Irving Lewis Allen ISBN 0-89789-217-8
Soviet Canuckistan, a derogatory nickname for Canada.
* [http://www.canuckscentral.com/history.html History of the Vancouver Canucks] National Hockey League team
* [http://www.aeroflight.co.uk/biblio/americas/canada/canbib05.htm Canuck Unlimited] Canadians airplane crews who operated in
Southeast Asiaduring World War II
* [http://www.skypoint.com/members/schutz19/jcanuck.htm Johnny Canuck] : with a stamp illustration
* [http://www.skypoint.com/members/schutz19/ccanuck.htm Captain Canuck] : with a stamp illustration
* [http://www.word-detective.com/082498.html#canuck The Word Detective]
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