Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 4:25 PM ET

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 4:25 PM ET

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National Audio 4:25 PM ET

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NAT089 - (Nice-Canadians) TORONTO. x-16s. Movie star Meryl Streep thinks Canadians are nice, and so it seems, does the rest of the world. The actress invoked the cliche during her recent Golden Globes speech, which included a shout-out to Ontario's Ryan Gosling and all Canadians for being "the nicest people." McMaster University linguist Bryor Snefjella (BREYE'-or SNEF'-yoo-lah) says it's an enduring stereotype and he's examining Twitter data to better understand it. ("..purely mythical.")(SOURCE: The Canadian Press)

TAG: The Hamilton P-H-D candidate collected millions of tweets from Canada and the U-S and found those originating here tend to be more polite. But he says that doesn't indicate whether Canadians are actually nice. …

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