In London, you’re a Kingsman. In Louisville, you’re a Statesman. In Toronto, you’re a wasteman.

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Wastemans are a distinct marker of the city, or as the locals say, a true “Toronto ting.” When you hear “wasteman” being said out loud, you know you must be in Toronto or near someone who’s from there.

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The term is well known among the younger generations in Toronto, who often say it as a joke or insult. For many, it’s become an integral part of daily speech, mainly because 1) it can be conveniently used in almost any situation and 2) it’s just fun to throw around.

Despite the fact that the term is used just as heavily in other places like the UK and the Caribbean, Torontonians love to claim it as their own. Don’t argue about it with them, either — they won't back down, and you’re probably not going to win.

By standard definition, a ‘wasteman’ is a person who does nothing with his life, but there’s a little bit more to them than that. Torontonians often have to explain this to people who aren’t from the city, but sometimes they’re hard to understand because their explanations are something like this:

If you live in Toronto, you probably know a wasteman or are familiar with one. But just in case you weren’t sure, here are the top signs he’s a Toronto wasteman, according to Torontonians on Twitter:

Share this with your favourite Toronto wasteman!

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