Top 50 Canadian passwords (Tiffany’s Tale)

What do Canada’s most-used passwords tell about Canadians? Maybe you had better ask Tiffany.

What is the most common password in Canada? You might be surprised to know that it’s not “password”. In fact, “123456” beats out password by a notch, according to this study by Nordpass.

What is interesting, though, is that using “password” as a password is a somewhat Canadian thing, as it ranks fourth elsewhere in the world. The list of top 50 Canadian passwords is below, and some of them are perplexing.

To be sure, the first seven make sense, and are pretty much what you might expect – various versions of qwerty, 123s and ABCs. But then we hit #8: [Read more…]

What Twitter words reveal about Canadians (Are Canadians really nicer than Americans?)

How important is our choice of words? Let’s see what Twitter says. A study of 40 million tweets reveals the true nature of being a “nicer” Canadian.

Be careful about the words you use. Those words tell a lot about you. But it’s not just about you, the individual. Words can tell a lot about national character, as well.

Canadians often take great pride in being “nice”, especially in contrast to our American neighbours (who presumably are “less nice”?).

But is our self-perception true? Or is it just fake news? [Read more…]

Canadian writing resources

Want to write better Canadian English? These tools will help.

Canadian English and Canadian customs are not the same as those of the USA or the UK. Canada has its own version of English. So it goes to reason that Canada has its own resources for writers.

Here are a few of those resources that can help you write for a Canadian audience. [Read more…]

10 really cool things about the style guide

If you are writing online, the style guide will make your writing better, no matter what country you are in.

People are used to working with journalistic style guides, such as those of the Canadian Press (CP) or the Associated Press (AP). These are great resources for journalists, especially to ensure accuracy and objectivity in the words we use.

People “read” differently online

But if you are writing for an online audience, you might need a style guide that accounts for how people read differently online. In fact, people don’t read online. At least, they don’t read until they reach details that they feel they need to carefully digest.

Until that point, they scan.

Fortunately, there is a style guide that was made just for online readers…er…scanners: the Content Style Guide. [Read more…]