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[zhoo-al, -ahl]
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  1. any of the nonstandard dialects of Canadian French, characterized by deviations from the standard phonology, morphology, syntax, and vocabulary, and often containing many borrowings from English.
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Origin of joual

1960–65; representing a non-standard pronunciation of French cheval horse
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British Dictionary definitions for joual


  1. nonstandard Canadian French dialect, esp as associated with ill-educated speakers
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Word Origin

from the pronunciation in this dialect of French cheval horse
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