This is when I found out that Englishspeaking Canadians use the very same cuss words that Americans use.
Let’s return to the place where we started. After he regained his composure, my Canadian friend offered this suggestion: “Why doesn’t America adopt Quebec as its 51st state?”
Tell you what, I replied: You give us Quebec, and we’ll give you Washington, D.C.
“Oh, HELL no!” he said. **** A word of explanation: Quebec is the province that is commonly perceived by the rest of Canada as being overrun with people of French ancestry who speak nothing but French and refuse to learn English, despise anything that is not French in nature and want to separate from the rest of Canada to form their own country. Besides that, they eat snails.
However, many of the signs in Montreal are worded in both English and French (possibly for the benefit of American tourists), and the captain and I have run across a number of Quebecois at Little Round Top.
Like the folks we’ve met from the American South, they seem to be very nice ... and some speak better English than most of the people we know back home. Also, considering the nature of the dominating, all-consuming monstrosity that the federal government has since become, the Southern states were — with the exception of slavery — right about a lot of things that we’re still arguing about today.