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Entry from November 22, 2017
“What kind of vitamin do you get from Canadian maple syrup?"/"Vitamin Eh?”

A joke on Canadian speech is that Canadians are rich in “Vitamin Eh?” (a pun on “Vitamin A"). “Vitamin Eh” was printed in the The Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON) on July 27, 1991.

“Canadian carrots are a great source of Vitamin Eh” was posted on Twitter on July 6, 2010. “Canadian Bacon is different. It has more Vitamin Eh” was posted on Twitter on October 25, 2015.

“Maple Syrup has lots of vitamin ‘Eh’” was posted on Twitter on June 24, 2017. “What kind of vitamin do you get from Canadian maple syrup? Vitamin Eh?” was posted on Twitter on November 22, 2017.


Wikipedia: Eh
Eh (/ˈeɪ/ or /ˈɛ/) is a spoken interjection in English that is similar in meaning to “Excuse me?,” “Please repeat that”, or “huh?”. It is also commonly used as an alternative to the question tag right?, i.e., method for inciting a reply, as in “It’s nice here, eh?” (instead of “It’s nice here, right?") In North America, it is most commonly associated with Canada and Canadian English, and with Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Similar interjections exist in other languages, such as Dutch, Armenian, Hokkien Chinese, Japanese, French, Finnish, Italian, Greek, Hebrew, Malay, Spanish, Persian, Portuguese, Arabic, Turkish, Korean, Catalan and Filipino.

27 July 1991, The Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON), “THE CHALLENGE (22) In vitamins veritas” by Warren Clements, pg. D9, col. 6:
Vitamin Eh: Long thought by English-speaking Canadians to stimulate conversation and impart strength to the Constitution. Now known to have debilitating soporific side-effects that are manifest as an irresistible propensity to circular debate, along with distinct societal insecurity and combativeness. (Les Morrison, Burlington, Ont.)

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Outbreak...a loser *spoilers*
Danny Yoo
3/27/95
In article <3l4ecr$r...@bigboote.WPI.EDU>, (Tod the Fox) wrote:
> Perhaps the virus just doesn’t like Canadians… not as tasty…

It all that vitamin ‘eh!?’.

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Can these chemicals be identified?
Uncle Al Schwartz
6/2/97
(...)
> C20H30O Vitamin, eh?  (Canada-speak)

2 May 2002, Calgary (Alberta) Herald, “Vitamin Eh?,” pg. D4:
Canadians are beginning to make the connection between vitamins and health.

Twitter
forNICKator‏
@forNICKator
Canadian carrots are a great source of Vitamin Eh.
12:19 PM - 6 Jul 2010

Twitter
Neil O’Brien‏
@NeilOphonic
As I sit here looking at a bottle of vitamins,I’m desperately trying to resist cracking a “Proud to be Canadian by taking Vitamin, Eh?” joke
1:53 AM - 13 Dec 2011

Twitter
Vitamin Eh
@vecomic
We’re a webcomic from Canada!
Canada
vitamin-eh.com
Joined February 2012

Twitter
Bruce Young‏
@BEYoung50
Replying to @Beazzy
@Beazzy I refer to Advil as my Vitamin A. Or since I am Canadian. My vitamin eh!!
9:59 AM - 16 Feb 2013

Twitter
Matt Thomas‏
@mjthomas43
Happy Canada Day!  Don’t forget to get your recommended dose of Vitamin Eh!
1:32 PM - 1 Jul 2014

Twitter
Dorv‏
@DayvLikesMilk
What’s a Canadian’s favorite vitamin?
Vitamin eh.
11:35 AM - 7 Mar 2015

Twitter
Robert Novak‏
@gallifreyan
Replying to @BaileyJayTweets
@BaileyJayTweets Canadian Bacon is different. It has more Vitamin Eh.
6:50 PM - 25 Oct 2015

Twitter
Nick Ruble Magic‏
@NickRubleMagic
Canada Dry ginger ale has your full daily allowance of vitamin Eh
10:19 PM - 24 Aug 2016

Twitter
Tristan Biggar‏
@Tristram666
Maple Syrup has lots of vitamin “Eh”
11:51 AM - 24 Jun 2017

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thankful dad jokes‏
@dadtellsjokes
What kind of vitamin do you get from Canadian maple syrup?
Vitamin Eh?
5:15 PM - 22 Nov 2017

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