My country is 144 years old today! And in honor of our national birthday, I thought I’d share a little story about how Canada got it’s name. (I found the same text on numerous sites, so I don’t know who to attribute it to.)
The original name for Canada, dreamed up by a parliamentary committee in London, was “Cold North Dominion,” but that was too long, so they abbreviated it C.N.D. The King’s Royal Governor presented the new name to the inhabitants, and they didn’t say a word. Just looked at him.
“Well, what do you think?” asked the Royal Governor.
“C., eh?” said the first fellow, and just looked at the Governor.
“N., eh?” says the second guy.
“D., eh?” says a third one. Then silence.
“Hey,” says the Governor. “I like that. It’s a helluva lot easier to pronounce when you spell it that way.”
So that’s how Canada got its name.