In Quebec, an allophone is someone whose first language or language of use is neither English nor French. The term is also sometimes used in other parts of Canada. It is formed from the Greek roots allos, meaning other, and phone, meaning sound or voice.
Compare the terms anglophone and francophone, which designate people whose first or adoptive languages are English and French, respectively.
One is said to be an allophone if he or she speaks neither french nor english at home with the family or "on the phone".
The number of allophones in Quebec has increased in recent years. Most are immigrants from Asia, Europe, and Africa.
Via (aka: Via Rail Canada), is Canada's national passenger rail service, formed in 1976 from the combined networks of CN and CP Rail. Responsible for intercity railway service. Runs the famous Canadian to Vancouver BC, the Ocean to Halifax and many trains in the Windsor-Quebec City corridor. Government run Crown Corporaton of the Canadian Government. Famous for the LRC trainsets, RDC's (rail diesel cars--Budd cars) running out of Victoria BC, and extensive use of the "Turbo" train in the 70's to mid 80's
I took the Via train to Toronto. (As opposed to the GO train, which I took once in the Greater Toronto area.)
In Quebec, A recently arrived french-speaking immigrant, especaially from Haiti, speaking broken gangster english or french with gangster lingo. Highly racist insult, conglomerate of the words "french" and "nigger".
Les Bogarts are a mean gang of crazy Sainte-Michelle friggers with machetes!
In Quebec, the street name for the officers of the OLF (Office de la Langue Francais) who patrol the streets enforcing law 101, the infamous language law that at first completely outlawed english on any commercial signs in Quebec, and now only outlaws english on outdoor signs. Indoor signs must conform to a system whereby the french text must "predominate", that is, be put in a bolder, larger text above any englsh or other language.
Though few in number, they are much hated in the English and Allophone community for their Nazi-like tactics of harassment of small businesses. It is the reason why Kentucky Friend Chicken (KFC) is Poulait Frit Kentucky (PFK) here. Not all large coporations have changed their names to comply, however. Mac Donlald's was allowed to keep their apostrophe, but other stores, notably Eaton's (and the fat English ladies that worked there)were not immune.
Those fucking language police want me to change my sign! What the hell do ya mean the english is one quarter of an inch too big to be less prominent than the french! FUCK YOU FROGS!
GO (aka: Government of Ontario Transit) is the commuter agency responsible for some regional intercity bus lines and a Greater Toronto area commuter train service. Trains run from Oshawa, an eastern satilite city to as far as Hamilton, in the southwest corner of Lake Ontario.
I took the GO train this morning, and I'm still late for work!