Canada, Eh?

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Wed Nov 28 21:01:21 UTC 2001

Paul McFedries wrote:
>Traditionally, a hoser was a dumb, uncouth, uneducated, hockey-loving,
>beer-swilling male, and the term was considered offensive. However, another
>McKenzie Brothers effect has been the gentling of this term. They were fun
>and likable characters and wore the "hoser" label proudly. So now hoser is
>more of a joshing term and I doubt there is anyone left in this country who
>would be even mildly offended by the word, and the more likely reaction
>would be a good-natured laugh. I think, too, that a sizable chunk of the
>population has taken just the hockey-loving, beer-drinking part of the old
>definition and redefined hoser to include just those elements, which makes
>many Canadians hosers at heart.

OK, so a hoser is, for many, a beer-drinking hockey fan. Just to know
where I fit in, is part of the definition still being a Canadian male?

Alice "female American hockey fan" Faber
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