1893: It’s easy to ridicule linguistics — but let’s leave Chinook out of it!

The best tie-in here is, to my surprise, to Chinuk Wawa.

1851: Good lower Columbia CW sentences

Preserved from the frontier period in the mind of a sharp observer…

1895: Spoke for Oregon — which hymn is that?

A somewhat humorous anecdote raises a neat research question…

19th c.: THE BRITISH COLONIST (Part 3: A Card, 1859)

There may be a snide pun between Chinook and English here…

1792: Galiano’s expedition, and a controlled experiment in pidgin formation

There’s an admirable awareness of Indigenous people’s languages in this early contact account…

1865: Olympia store ad in Chinook

Frontier-era clothiers in Olympia, Washington couldn’t go wrong by using Chinook Jargon to draw attention to their wares!

1874: Idaho Jargon doggerel

“Cowboy poets” had a vogue around the year 2000, as I recall…

1927: Correcting one Chinook etymology, inventing lots more

Way to give a linguist a headache, guys…

1858 US ad for Jargon guide to Fraser River goldrush: a reason why French didn’t remain BC’s language

Just to prove the claim (no pun intended) that BC’s Fraser River gold rush of 1858 was conceptually tied to Chinuk Wawa use…

1803-1806: The Jewitt narrative

One keen observer of Nuuchahnulth life was John Rodgers Jewitt (1783-1821), the most “Boston man” of “Boston men” to ever visit the PNW coast.