Learn Canadian Slang From ‘How I Met Your Mother’

How I Met Your Mother is an absolutely legendary and epically hilarious show that entertained millions of viewers over its nine years span. It won 18 awards and was nominated for an Emmy award as an outstanding comedy series.

Countless fans got obsessed with its hysterically funny characters and their emotional roller-coasters: the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in New York: Canadian Robin Scherbatsky, a couple Marshall & Lily and an awesome womanizer Barney Stinson. Below is a list of slang terms commonly used in this show.

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Suit Up – One of the best of Barney’s catchphrases, usually used to make Ted wear a suit for whichever of Barney’s ridiculous pick-up events.

Example from ‘How I Met Your Mother’ :
Barney: Ted, shut up and suit up!

To lose the goatee – to shave off a small pointed beard which looks like a goat beard. Actually, listen to Barney, he is right, as girls don’t like a goatee.

Example from ‘How I Met Your Mother’ :
Barney: Lesson one, lose the goatee, it doesn’t go with your suit.
Ted: I’m not wearing a suit.
Barney: Lesson two, get a suit. Suits are cool”

Legendary – Barney’s signature phrase is “This night will be legendary!” Legendary means something memorable and famous, something that everybody knows, something that people will talk about. In Canadian slang, you can use a term “legendary” to describe an event. If you saw a great concert, you can say to a friend: “This was the best show I have ever seen. It was legendary!” In this case, you mean that the concert was so good that you will never forget and will talk about it forever.

Goona – slang for the expression “going to”

Philly – Philadelphia, the fifth most-populous city in the United States

Example from ‘How I Met Your Mother’ :
Barney: Ted, today we gonna go out. We gonna meet some ladies. It’s gonna be legendary! Marshal, stop whatever you are doing, get in the car and meet us in Philly. It’s gonna be legendary!

Awesome – is you and Barney Stinson. Seriously speaking, it is something extremely impressive, great, and just amazing. If you are trying to stay positive, describe everything you see as “awesome. ” If you are looking for a noun, then use a term “awesomeness”

How I Met Your Mother, Season 6Example from ‘How I Met Your Mother’ :
Barney: Whenever I feel sad, I just stop being sad and be awesome instead. True story!

Practice Canadian slang, while talking to your friends and don’t forget to subscribe to our Blog and ILAC Radio podcasts for more English lessons.

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