This post is a continuation of a collection of stuff that we shared in May 2021, dealing with Canadian history, places, concepts and habits.
In Canada, the geographically similar area bordering the American plains has been known almost exclusively as the Prairies. The author imagines that living in a sod hut on either side of the border would be a more inviting prospect for settlers once the herds of buffalo had been thinned out by overhunting (an environmental desecration that occurred in the latter part of the nineteenth century).
Readers are reminded that they can, if so desired, sing the poem's lyrics to the tune of "Home on the Range", and on our daily blog you can find suggestions for doing so HERE.
For further reading; 1)https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/sod-houses
| Alberta, 1908
web-photo: Glenbow Archives
MOUNTIES (RCMP) OEDILF #T56274
Mountie Miki explained it this way:
The Canadian in question had moved south to undertake a fellowship in clinical pharmacology. At the time, thiazide diuretics were very commonly used drugs in the treatment of hypertension and fluid retention. These medications often increase the blood level of uric acid, the biochemical substrate for attacks of gouty arthritis, an infrequent but important side-effect.
The transcriptionist, a southern woman, was victimized by her unfamiliarity with "Canadian raising", a speech variation altering and shortening the sounds of vowels in words like house, rice and out; this pattern affects the speech of many speakers in the northern US, as well as in Canada.