Canada, Eh?

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Nov 28 23:59:31 UTC 2001

Alice is joshing your etymology bro. We know what it means.


>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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Dennis R. Preston
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