This is a republished post from September 2005. For the record, I’ve stopped using the term “Newfie” because I believe there are more negative connotations surrounding the term than there are positive ones, even when we Newfoundlanders use it to playfully describe ourselves. Recently, I’ve heard the term a lot from a person on my pool league team. She prods me on with phrases like, “That’s what us Newfies are like, right?” Got me thinking again about the subject. Over the years, I’ve written a few articles about the term… I’ll attempt to regurgitate them, in order, over the next few days. Perhaps we’ll resurrect the debate. Enjoy!
I was talking with a friend this evening, and she told me that she was always thought that the word Newfie was a derogatory term, loosely meaning “stupid”. Yet, many people from Newfoundland call themselves Newfie and are proud to do so. I am one of those.
Here’s a funny story.
Several years ago, I was one of several Newfies working in Fredericton on a large government project. We all proudly declared ourselves Newfies. One day, a lady from Quebec who worked with us mustered enough courage to question me as to why I called myself a Newfie. She was even more confused when I said I was proud of it. I further explained to her that is simply means I’m from Newfoundland. Then the light bulb turned on. She had never associated the two. She told me that growing up, her mother always used the term to mean “stupid”. If she stubbed her toe or bumped her head on something, her mother would say “you are such a newfie!”.
People are such Newfies!