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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 40, October 1, 2006, Article 14

CANADIAN $2 POLAR BEAR COIN NAME PROPOSED: BOONIK

Dick Johnson writes: "Canada is looking for a name for their new
$2 coin with a polar bear on the reverse.

They call their dollar coin a "loonie" for the loon bird portrayed.
That was an excellent example of onomatopoeia, a figure of speech.
(Boy, did I have to look up that word!)

Shifting figures of speech their new $2 coin introduced ten years
ago is called a "toonie."  That figure of speech is assonance, the
repetition of vowel sounds.

Can any of our Canadian readers tell me what they are calling their
$5 coin? In E-Sylum (vol 9, no 35, article 14) I suggested a "foonie"
for five plus the continuation of the vowel sounds.

Their new polar bear is a $2 "toonie" but to name the bear "boonie,"
doesn't seem appropriate. Why not add a little Eskimoish and name
it a "boonik."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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