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COLUMN: Soo has its own vocabulary that can confuse newcomers

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Pointe au pin? Tie plate? bug lab? P patch?How to Speak Like a Soltite

“Wow! Hold on. What’s this up-the-line, down-the-line, over-the-river thing?”

Our Toronto-born and raised son-in-law cut us short with that question. An expression of bewilderment gradually creeped up on the person’s face.

It started the next day when someone allowed us to go camping at Tunnel Lake.

“I’ve heard people in the North call their cottages ‘camps’. I think Tunnel Lake is a recreational body of water around here,” Guest blurted out. And someone also mentioned line-ups and riverovers. how many lines? what river? “

The rest of us, born and raised in the Sault area, burst into laughter at the amazement our “Patois” was causing our visitors. Until then, I had no idea that a person in a “remote” location would confuse these expressions. What happened after that was a sort of parlor game that decided how many local representations we could come up with.

As a result, a fairly fair word or phrase that makes life easier for visitors and new residents of the Ojibwe (Anishinaabe, the indigenous people of the area), who used to call it Baawitigong, meaning “place of rapids”. A starter list of phrases has been created. .”

After the visit of the fur trader and explorer Étienne Brulee in 1623, the French called it Sue de Gaston in honor of Louis XIII’s brother. “Sue” is an old Gaulish word for torrent or splashing water and comes from the original spelling of the verb “sauter” meaning “to jump”.

In 1668, French Jesuit missionaries renamed it Sault Sainte-Marie and founded a mission on the south bank of the river (now Sault Ste). Marie, Michigan. A fur trading post was then established and the settlement expanded to both sides of the river.

There you will find the story behind one of the oldest French settlements in North America. So, in no particular order, let’s put together some useful keywords and expressions that will make Soo newbies chat like veterans.

Down the Line – Highway 17 East from The Soo towards Blind River.

Up the Line – From The Soo head north on SH17 towards Wawa.

Over the River – Take a short stroll through Sault Ste. The Murray International Bridge over the St. Mary’s River connects Michigan’s sister city of Sioux Canada.

magic wand – The nickname given to The Majestic Hotel lounge, a long-standing watering hole for thirsty Canadians “across the river” when the bar closes on the Ontario side of the border.

back door – It’s another Sioux Michigan lounge that’s entertaining a large Canadian clientele, especially the younger ones, now that the US-Canada border has reopened after the COVID pandemic.

Point A par – How locals pronounce the French place-name “Pointe aux Pins” (loosely translated as region of pine trees) – In a cottage area about six miles west of the Sioux River on the St. often referred to as Point Ox Pins.

point due scene – Local pronunciation of the “Pointe des Chênes” beach area on the west side of the Sioux River near the airport. In English, this translates more or less as an oak tree expanse.

tie plate – “Pizzel” who made Sue Ste. Marie’s specialty! Pizzel is the Italian name for a crunchy, flat, anisette-flavoured confection, rooted in “pizze,” loosely translated as “round and flat.” That is, another familiar word “pizza”. But only Sault Cent. Marie, you say yes. As the story goes, an Italian settled Sioux in his early 20th century.th Century couldn’t find the pizzel iron they used back home to bake one of their favorite treats. “borrowed” the This is a metal contraption that holds the steel rails firmly to the wooden sleepers of the rail bed. Thus the name “tie plate” was born.

Genetis – Anginetti or a nickname for the Italian wedding cookie. It is more widely known by this nickname in Northern Ontario than elsewhere. Bakers in southern Ontario usually just stare without saying anything when you ask for Genetis. The one our daughter makes resembles a large creamy half walnut shell, also flavored with anisette and topped with a light vanilla icing.

Bug Lab – The Great Lakes Forestry Center on Church Street was built in 1945 in response to a tree-killing spruce budworm outbreak. In 1976, several federal and state forest research projects were combined under the umbrella name Great Lakes Forest Research Center, and his second building was opened on Queen Street near Bellevue Park.

Steelton – Old Town merged with Sault Ste. Marie in 1918. The Steeleton area is loosely bounded by Carmen’s Way to the west, North Street to the east, Bay Street to the south, and Second Line to the north.

Buckley, Bayview, Tagona – The westernmost area of ​​Sault Ste. Marie an early newcomer settled in to get closer to her job at the Algoma Steel Corporation.

Jimmy Street – Although it has been bustling for many years as a downtown area on the western edge, it is losing its luster due to urban renewal. It’s actually called James Street, and its proximity to the steel mills is thought to have named it after Sir James Dunn, the financial wizard who saved the steel mills from bankruptcy in the mid-1930s.

Korra and Talent Loss – Two townships merged with the City of Sault Ste. Marie in 1964. Cora was located west of the original municipality and Talentros was located northeast of the pre-merger city, more than doubling its size when the three entities merged.

P-patch – With streets called Pentagon Boulevard, Palace Drive, Princess Crescent, Passmore Road, Pinemore Boulevard, Powering Place and Partridge Court, this subdivision in the former township of Talentras in the northeastern part of the city shows how It shouldn’t take you long to figure out if you’ve acquired the land by doing so. nickname. Pickle picker Peter Piper would have felt right at home here.

Vic – If you haven’t had the chance to have a cold draft beer on a hot afternoon or evening at the historic House of Chau (Victoria House Tavern) on the corner of Bay and Queen Streets, you’ve missed out on an important piece of Sioux heritage. increase. In 1920, Hong (Charlie) and Fu Chow bought the on-site hostel and this popular watering hole was eventually run by their sons John, Albert, Joe, Jimmy and King. became. See our previous article for more information on this old-time pub. Suit Today article here.

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