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I absolutely love discussing regional dialects and slang words.  Manitoba is full of them.  One distinct Manitoban word that I have heard many times this spring is "booter".  I have never heard this word used anywhere other than Manitoba. 

Booter: Manitoba slang for getting water in your boots. Example: I was so busy sandbagging I didn't watch where I was stepping and the next thing I knew I had a couple of booters.

The term "booter" is used so often in the spring in Manitoba that it almost feels like you can't call yourself a Manitoban until you have experienced a booter for yourself.  Kind of like a rite of passage.

Recently I went fishing with my husband and almost had my first ever Manitoba "booter" experience.  I thought it was a small shallow puddle.  I decided to walk through the puddle to avoid the tall grass and ticks.  It turned out to be a big massive hole filled with mud and water.  I ended up stuck. Every time I tried to lift my rubber boots up I would sink deeper and deeper.  In the end my husband had to help pull me out, and I was spared my first Manitoba booter experience.  I must admit, a small part of me wanted to experience a booter, because then I would know I had truly become a Manitoban and crossed the rite of passage.  There is always next year!

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You are a true kindred spirit - I love regional slang and expressions, too. A similar term (which I learned from a West Coast native) is soaker - when your foot gets totally soaked from stepping in a puddle :) Usually you wind up with soakers, plural.

Just on the topic, have you seen the book "Only in Canada, You Say" by Katherine Barber? Full of little gems like this!

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Emma - I have not seen that book but I will be ordering it from Amazon - it sounds very interesting. Thanks for your comments and support! Happy Blogging!

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Gray Bird

Wow, did this story ever bring back memories! When I was a little girl I loved playing in the ditch at our family farm near Sandy Hook, Manitoba. Well, at the culvert there was the greatest looking mud island that I just HAD to get to. Well, I got stuck in the mud with both boots and my dad had to pull me out---while I cried my eyes out! Boy, did I get a couple of booters! ;)

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersatinka

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