Overheard by reader Ben Hendry on the southbound Spadina streetcar, from “a group of college-age girls, one a French exchange student,” the rest apparently locals.
French student: Why do you call eet a—how-do-you-say?—street car?
Other girls, laughing at her: Yep, it’s called a streetcar.
French student: Is very strange, eet is not a car, eet is a train. Are you sure there is not another name? In England, I believe is called “tram.”
Other girls, all at once: “Tram? Never heard of it.” “I don’t think tram is a word.” “Nope, tram is definitely not a word. It’s a streetcar.”
One girl, as the streetcar passes College: Oooh, this is a neat neighbourhood. There’s a great restaurant here: it’s super fancy, very high-end and elegant. It’s called the Red Room. I think it has a bar too.
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