Parlez-Two on the Chemin CANADA Road

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AuthorHouse, 2011 - Humor - 32 pages
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Canada is a land of many languages, but only two are "official," English and French. This little book is about the highly unofficial language common to both, "Parlez-Two-in-One," or "Parlez-Two" for short, or P2 for shorter. Being an amalgam of the country's two mother tongues, it is entre deux meres. From Ecole de Ski School to rue Rideau Street, to Fin de Construction Ends, and on to the Centenaire de Gravelbourg Centenary, and all the way to numerous Arret-Stops and Sortie-Exits, Parlez-Two makes Canada a grammarian's pitfall, if you take language too seriously, as many Canadians do. But others don't, and they will get a kick out of "Parlez-Two on the Chemin CANADA Road." This little book, which the author calls a "tract," gives the lowdown on the unsuccessful campaign of officialdom and grammarians in Quebec and in the federal government in Ottawa to douse Parlez-Two. On the other side, the tract cheers on the work of the Regie de P2 Board, which is Canadians' intuitional champion of P2 in overcoming officialdom and doing what comes naturally. Numerous quotations from the chair of the Regie de P2 Board, who is known as the Nobody, serve to bolster the strength of Parlez-Two-in -One. By the end of the book you will know a lot more about how to speak Canadian."
 

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Tim Creery is an erstwhile journalist who has been chasing after "Parlez-Two" most of his life, with a peripatetic career in Canada and abroad. He and his journalist wife Carolyn span the country: She is from Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia; he was born in Victoria, British Columbia. Tim, a graduate of the old naval college at Royal Roads, also holds a B.A. from McGill University. He started journalism as a farm reporter for the Evening Reporter (now defunct) in Galt (now part of Cambridge), Ontario, and went on to papers in Winnipeg, Lethbridge, and Toronto.After working in news and advertising in London, England, he spent six months studying French at Université de Grenoble in France, then worked for four years, mostly in the parliamentary press gallery in Ottawa, for the Montreal Star. Transferring in 1960 to the Southam newspapers, he worked for three years as their Washington correspondent, returned to Ottwa, had a year at Harvard University as an associate Nieman Fellow, then spent a couple of years as Southam's first Québec correspondent.After a brief return to Ottawa, he served five years as Southam's European correspondent based in Paris, followed by four years as editor of the editorial page of the Montreal Gazette. Tim and Carolyn and colleagues then spent three years 1977-1980 on a public-service monthly news review called Report on Confederation, reporting all sides of the crisis in confederation and run by a charitable foundation supported by donations from business, labour, foundations, and subscribers (but none accepted from governments), on the one hand, and donations of work from journalists and other writers, on the other.Later Tim was research director of the Kent Royal Commission on Newspapers, and a contracting writer and editor for various institutions and inquiries. For ten years he produced a monthly e-scroll known as Dotty Age. He and Carolyn live in Ottawa.

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