The Leafs Made A Video About Newfoundland Slang And People Claim They Got It All Wrong

According to locals, no one really talks like that.
The Leafs Made A Video About Newfoundland Slang And People Claim They Got It All Wrong

The Toronto Maple Leafs arrived in Newfoundland this September for some pre-season training. The team is spending time in St. John’s before travelling home to the 6ix. In honour of the Toronto Maple Leafs' Newfoundland visit, the team tried to decipher local slang phrases and even took part in the island’s famous screeching tradition. 

The Leafs posted a video on Monday of players attempting to translate Newfoundland slang into regular phrases. Phrases like “I’m gutfounded fire up a scoff” and “long may your big jib draw,” had the American athletes baffled.

Although most had a sense of humour about it, a number of people claim that the phrases weren't even legit.

Others couldn't help but chip in with their corrections.

They may not be experts in local slang, but it's clear the team has done their best to do as the Newfoundlanders do during their visit. Auston Matthews, Morgan Rielly, Tyson Barrie, and Frederik Andersen, in particular, went above and beyond on Saturday.

The group volunteered to go to the famous George Street bar in St. John’s to get themselves “screeched in." A process that involves eating bologna, taking a shot of Screech (local rum), and kissing a cod. 

At the end of the ceremony, the four Leafs were declared Newfoundlanders, which is pretty heartwarming. Let’s just hope that the fact that they kissed a fish on the mouth for the people of St. John’s gets them a pass on the wonky slang.

According to The Toronto Star, other members of the team took a tour of St. John’s Harbour, climbed Signal Hill, golfed and went for a helicopter tour. A few players also visited a local hospital.

Patrick John Gilson
Patrick John Gilson was a Creator with Narcity Media focused on Ontario gas prices and is based in Toronto, Ontario.