Monthly Archive: January, 2013

“Stalking the Haplocerus in the Selkirks” by W.A. Baillie-Grohman

“Stalking the Haplocerus in the Selkirks” by W.A. Baillie-Grohman. From The English Illustrated Magazine, May 1895, page 127-133. This is one of those great old outdoors narratives in a gentlemen’s hunting (&c.) magazine.  It’s about… Continue reading

“Cumtuxiana”!

I transcribed this jocular musing on rampant borrowings into frontier-era Western US English, from the Daily Alta California newspaper, 3 August 1851, page 2, column 2 (top). There’s quite a trove of what… Continue reading

14 years ago this week in the CHINOOK list

Since I recommend the old CHINOOK listserv to folks still as an online research tool, I’m going to start a weekly look back. Here’s a sampling of what was being asked about and… Continue reading

“Quiggly hole”, “quiggly town” and “kick willy”

Acknowledgments are due to Mike Cleven for making me aware of these Canadianisms borrowed from Chinook Jargon.  Here’s another good online discussion of uniquely Canadian words. There are a lot of ways to… Continue reading