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(Pronounciation: shE-'ak)

A dialect commonly spoken in the Canadian province of New Brunswick by bilingual Acadians. The origin of the word is unkown.

The language itself is a mixture of French and English, most commonly spoken by younger members of the population, and is to be considered a sub-classification of franglais.

An example of a Chiac phrase would be:
"J'ai jumpé dans le puddle et j'était tout soaking wet."

Although peoples of other regions may speak French-English hybrids, it is only refered to as Chiac when referring to the dialect spoken by residents of the provinces of New Brunswick and, to a lesser extent, Nova Scotia.

(Excalibre informs me that, in linguistic terms, this is considered less of a dialect and more of an example of code switching.)

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