Monthly Archive: December, 2016

Harmon Brothers ad, 2 versions

It’s called “A-B Testing” in modern marketing. Can you spot the differences? Which version got a better response? Advertisements

Indian hostler’s ineffable scorn

I’ll merely excerpt this lengthy early-frontier era Eastern Oregon anecdote from a late-frontier era California newspaper. OREGON WILDS. Lost in a Driving Snowstorm on a Desolate Prairie. BLIND SEARCH FOR A TRAIL. Frightful Fall… Continue reading

Sitka, Chinook Jargon, & the KKK

This little new discovery is one of the earliest substantial Chinook Jargon texts ever published. It’s doggerel, self-proclaimed.  The eye-dialect spellings (Costigan’s Irish accent?) in the English parts are a giveaway about that… Continue reading

The Birth of Christ, in Chinook Jargon (part 7)

(Back to: Part 1.  Part 2.  Part 3.  Part 4.  Part 5.  Part 6.) <Ch. 7. The Magi.> Tlun taii shako nanish ShK. Three chiefs visit Jesus.        <1.> Wik lili pi… Continue reading

The Birth of Christ, in Chinook Jargon (part 6)

(View & hear Dale McCreery reading parts 1-6 aloud!) (Back to: Part 1.  Part 2.  Part 3.  Part 4.  Part 5.) Wach man kopa lamuto. The guards over the sheep.      … Continue reading

The Birth of Christ, in Chinook Jargon (part 5)

(View & hear Dale McCreery reading parts 1-6 aloud!)  (Back to: Part 1.  Part 2.  Part 3.  Part 4.)             ShK chako tanas. Jesus is born.    … Continue reading

The Birth of Christ, in Chinook Jargon (part 4)

(View & hear Dale McCreery reading parts 1-6 aloud!) (Back to: Part 1.  Part 2.  Part 3.) the Baptist.> SShB shako tanas. John the Baptist is born. Iaka k’o iaka son pus There… Continue reading

The Birth of Christ, in Chinook Jargon (part 3)

(View & hear Dale McCreery reading parts 1-6 aloud!) (Back to: Part 1.  Part 2.) Mari klatwa nanish iaka kosin Ilisabit. Mary goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth.       Lisash kilapai… Continue reading

The Birth of Christ, in Chinook Jargon (part 2)

(View & hear Dale McCreery reading parts 1-6 aloud!)  (Back to Part 1) With the stage set by Zacharias’ vision and Elizabeth’s pregnancy with the future John the Baptist, Joseph and Mary come… Continue reading

The Birth of Christ, in Chinook Jargon (part 1)

(View & hear Dale McCreery reading parts 1-6 aloud!) The Christmas story from the New Testament, told in a condensed form by a 19th-century priest, for your enlightenment. Lisash shako wawa kopa SShB… Continue reading