Local slang can be a funny thing but it's also an important part of language that is used on a daily basis. There is a lot of different slang in Ontario but no comprehensive dictionary that lists and defines the province-specific slang. A group of researchers want to have more Ontario slang in the Oxford English Dictionary

We know all about Canada-wide slang and even more specific local slang but researchers from the University of Toronto are looking to get Ontario-wide slang put into the Oxford English Dictionary through the Ontario Dialects Project.

According to HuffPost, there is "a standalone Oxford dictionary on Canadian English, but it hasn’t seen an update since 2004." And the team that was in charge of that edition dissolved in 2008 meaning there's not really chance of revisions being done for it.

So researchers want the slang to be added to the actual Oxford English Dictionary.

"Canada is well known to be a country with a very conservative variety of English but the fact of the matter is, if you look at our lexicon choices or the way we pronounce things, you’ll find a lot of difference," said Sali Tagliamonte, leader research for the project, to HuffPost. 

For the project, researchers looked at 20 different communities across Ontario to gather slang words and compile a list of the province's slang that should be added to the dictionary. 

By doing research in places like Toronto, Belleville, North Bay, Peterborough, Timmis and others, the project has come up with an extensive list of slang words and phrases that is continually being updated with new findings. 

If the project is successful you could soon be able to find words like "scuzzy", "grade thirteen", "bush party", and "mickey" in the Oxford English Dictionary. 

The Ontario Dialect Project has also identified words and phrases like "chirp", "mickey", "miner's mouth" and "civic holiday" as slang in the province.

Tagliamonte actually told an Oxford English Dictionary editor that, "There’s this whole vernacular resource in Canada. They’re not in your dictionary."

Researchers have plans to submit their list of slang words later in the year. 

And they're still looking for suggestions so scroll through the list of slang and if you know any words that aren't on the list that you feel are classic Ontario slang, contact researchers with the Ontario Dialect Project and let them know!


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