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Old 12-13-2003, 06:41 PM
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What's a Pack of Two-Four (McKenzie Bros 12 Days of Christmas)

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On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Six packs of two-four
Five golden tuques!
Four pounds of backbacon
Three french toast
Two turtlenecks
And a beer
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I know what a tuque is.

Backbacon, I assume, is what Americans call "bacon."

But WTF is a pack of two-four?
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Old 12-13-2003, 06:48 PM
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Pack of 24 beer, of course, though that's not really conventional usage. But hey, it's a song. Poetic license and all that.
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Old 12-13-2003, 08:12 PM
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Actually, I think "backbacon" is something different from normal bacon. I'm Canadian, and I've never seen or eaten anything referred to as "backbacon." We just eat bacon. Isn't backbacon like fried ham or something?
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Old 12-13-2003, 09:47 PM
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I believe they are saying "Tuborg" as in Tuborg Gold Beer.

Also, "Backbacon" is Canadien Bacon, as can be found on a McDonalds Bacon Egg McMufffin. I think its thinly sliced fried ham.

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Old 12-13-2003, 10:43 PM
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It *is* Tuborg, BTW.
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Old 12-13-2003, 11:57 PM
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Really?

Down here in the States, Tuborg is a farily pricey imported beer. I kind of envision Bob and Doug as preferring something a bit more blue-collar, something that lets your beer dollar go a little farther (an imporant consideration when your beer dollar is Canadian ), sort of a Great White Northern version of Milwaukee's Best.

I was also pretty certain I heard an "F" sound in the middle of that gift. But, while I can appreciate that it miight be "Two-Four," as in 2.4 percent alcohol beer, that doesn't strike me as something that the boys would put into their mouths.

I'm still up in the air about this one. Can you please provide a cite, Rex Fenestrarum?
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Old 12-14-2003, 12:22 AM
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Five golden tuques!

A tuque is a cool woolen-type cap with a tail (sorta like night-caps?). Pom-pom/tassels optional.

In New York we spell 'em 'Tooks'.
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Old 12-14-2003, 12:58 AM
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Backbacon, I assume, is what Americans call "bacon."
Back bacon.
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Old 12-14-2003, 07:48 AM
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The hosers drinking Tuborg? I've always heard it as "2-4". As mentioned, a "2-4" is common slang, at least in Ontario, for a case of 24 beers. Might not be so common in Western Canada where they seem, at least in my observation, to go more for cases of 12.
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Old 12-14-2003, 08:36 AM
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Ahem.

:Pops in Strange Brew DVD with subtitles enabled.:

Scene at the beer store where the boys try to get free beer by saying they found a mouse in a bottle:

Clerk: Twenty-four Elsinore that'll be $14.70

Doug: I believe there'll be no charge on this two-four of beer, thank you.


That is all.


No, wait......Take off, eh?
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Old 12-14-2003, 09:52 AM
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2-4 is very common in the Maritimes as well.
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Old 12-14-2003, 03:37 PM
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I've always wanted a beer in a tree. No one ever got me one yet.
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Old 12-14-2003, 05:49 PM
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But, while I can appreciate that it miight be "Two-Four," as in 2.4 percent alcohol beer, that doesn't strike me as something that the boys would put into their mouths.
On the other hand, a 2-4, which, as has been mentioned is a case of 24, is definitely something the boys would put into their mouths.

As a side note, the Victoria Day long weekend is usually referred to as May 2-4 around here - as it falls around the 24th, and going through at LEAST one 2-4 is a common passtime on that weekend.
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Old 12-14-2003, 10:19 PM
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I'm gonna chime in to say that 2-4 is, around here, a case of 24 beer (a case of 12 beer is just called a "case").
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Old 12-14-2003, 10:32 PM
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I'm gonna chime in to say that 2-4 is, around here, a case of 24 beer (a case of 12 beer is just called a "case").
So "six packs of two-four" (as per the song) is 144 bottles of beer? Cool.
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Old 12-14-2003, 11:55 PM
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I live in Ontario and the expression "2-4" is in common usage here.
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Old 12-15-2003, 12:08 AM
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I have bought many a two-four in British Columbia, also.
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Old 12-15-2003, 01:37 AM
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So "six packs of two-four" (as per the song) is 144 bottles of beer? Cool.
145, if you count the one on the tree.
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Old 12-15-2003, 07:42 AM
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So "six packs of two-four" (as per the song) is 144 bottles of beer?
Or, as Bob and Doug would call it, the weekend.
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Old 12-15-2003, 01:32 PM
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Really?

Down here in the States, Tuborg is a farily pricey imported beer. I kind of envision Bob and Doug as preferring something a bit more blue-collar,
Tuborg Gold was introduced in this part of Arizona in the late 1970s. I remember the slogan at that time was, "For the price of the king of beers, you can have the beer of kings."
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Old 12-15-2003, 02:08 PM
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Those of you who remember the "Great White North" segments on SCTV should also remember the favourite brands of Bob and Doug, which were prominently displayed on the set: Molson Canadian, with the occasional Labatt Blue. Very common and widely-available mass-market brews--the Canadian versions of Bud and Miller, you might say. Definitely not Tuborg, or anything else imported or fancy.

A two-four is, as others have said, a case holding 24 beers. "Six packs of two-four" is a usage I've never heard outside the McKenzie Brothers' song--it's more common to say, "Six two-fours." But I guess it makes the rhythm work.

And it's certainly easier to say after you've had a few.
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Old 12-15-2003, 02:54 PM
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Those of you who remember the "Great White North" segments on SCTV should also remember the favourite brands of Bob and Doug...
...And it's certainly easier to say after you've had a few.
Send some down, eh? Labatt's in the USA is Miller Beer. And the Molson - even in New York - is not the same. I have a tape of those guys at "My Father's Place" in their 'tour'. I reckon they dissed the local beer too.

In their movie _Strange Brew_ - the beer was Elsinore. A rather fine, subtle mind-controlling lager.
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Old 12-15-2003, 09:32 PM
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Very common and widely-available mass-market brews--the Canadian versions of Bud and Miller
Bite your tongue! That's like saying Dom Perrignon is the French version of Thunderbird wine.

We have 2-4's of beer here in Alberta, although most of the people I know call a 2-4 a 'flat of beer', because it's usually shipped on a cardboard flat of two cases.
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