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Toronto Slang and Where it Actually Comes From

Toronto icons Drake and Lily Singh have been repping the 6ix in mainstream media — sparking a conversation on Toronto slang. But in a city that brands itself as multicultural and diverse, where does that Toronto slang actually come from? This language we’ve normalized and enjoy comes from Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana and other specific communities within the Greater Toronto Area — and we’re providing the necessary context you need if you’re going to include these terms in your daily.

From “ting” to “bucktee” and beyond, we’re talking about Toronto slang (that’s seemingly on the rise), what it means and where it comes from.



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