Tuesday, May 7, 2019

What do you call this:


We call it Squirty Cream; which turns out to be a totally funny and unique name for Canadians; who knew?  The reason we call it squirty cream, as it squirts out of a can.

I had a long conversation with the hairdresser the other day about this.  Another hairdresser came over to join the conversation and it cheered them both up (my hairdresser was having a rough day!)  

I never thought this was odd until our daughter-in-law came to live with us last year and had no idea what I was talking about.  I also mentioned we were having "pudding," one night and she thought we were having chocolate pudding like this:



What I meant we were having dessert.  Despite living here for nearly 30 years, you can't take the British out of me at times....😁


15 comments:

Angela said...

We've always called it Squirty Cream, since it first appeared in UK supermarkets in the 1970s.

Angela said...

We've always called it Squirty Cream, since it first appeared in UK supermarkets in the 1970s. In fact many of the UK brands actually label it "Squirty Cream"

Joy said...

Of course it's squirty cream - what else could it be? lol
For me, it's pudding if it's hot and dessert if it's cold!
xx

Evelyn said...

love squirty cream! I just call it whipped cream from a can. I have been watching British youtube videos so here alot about "pud" "veg"and "tea"

T'Pol said...

Imagine the confusion for us whose native language is other than English. Trucks vs Lorries, giving a lift vs giving a ride, ringing someone vs calling someone, elevator vs lift, fries vs chips, bsicuits vs cookies and so on... Being knocked up was the most hilarious as far as I remember. Lol!

Patio Postcards said...

I chuckled at this ... last Sunday at church (our congregation is mostly British) two of our ladies commented that I was certainly very British in my use of many phrases or sayings. I was born in Canada but very fluent in the British-Canadian language.

Jackie said...

I call that fake cream (lol).

It took me awhile to catch on the "pudding" really wasn't what I thought it was.

God bless.

lorie said...

My maiden name is Carr. So you can imagine how much teasing I had as a kid. Carr Carr goes beep beep. Imagine my horror when I found out that a truck in England was called a lorry. That is my first name. :(

Anne in the kitchen said...

I am with Jackie and always call it fake cream.
For me pudding is that soft squishy stuff, never a baked dessert even though I have made steamed pudding before.

Jean said...

My DIL is Canadian so we have fun with words. At baby group I was trying to stop GD running through a tray of what looked like flour paste that kids were playing with. DIL had no idea what i meant. I tried another couple of descriptions which didn't work either so ended with rice pudding which didn't fit at all!

brambleberry 21@gmail.com said...

Can't stand the stuff having grown up on the genuine article. It tastes like plastic to me!

William Kendall said...

I just call that whipping cream.

Rose said...

You should do a blog post on and have words you use and what they are called here/Canada! That might be a fun read.

angela said...

Being an Aussie. And having a big British influence here. We know what pudding is.
And all the American shows means we know lots of Americanisms as well.
But I don’t think I’ve heard of squirty cream lol
So I’ve learnt a new one today lol

Winifred said...

Yes squirty cream it is!

I think the names we use vary in the UK too. We often call a pudding a sweet or afters!

Have to say that French fries are not proper chips in the UK. French fries are skinny little things full of fat & often made from processed potato. I remember some horrendous ones we had in an expensive restaurant in Disney Springs. YUK! I sent them back & was given an even larger plate full of the same horrible stuff. Proper chips are thick & chunky made from real potatoes & are not soggy. They've not been frozen either!