Speaking of Canadians Speaking

From time to time, you must wonder why Canadians are apt to complete a thought with “eh."
 
Wonder no longer. The brilliant folks over at Atlas Obscura have unleashed their linguistic investigative skills on what they call “Canada’s most distinctive verbal tic.”  
 
Turns out, it reflects Canadians’ most distinctive personality trait: Politeness. In its many forms (from complementing a request, a command, an exclamation of surprise, etc.), Jack Chambers, a University of Toronto (U of T!) linguist says, “All of these uses have one pragmatic purpose in common: they all show politeness.”
 
Think of it as a way of establishing common ground. We could all use a bit more of that, eh?

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