An American settler wrote…

inferior goods

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A grammatically & socially sharp quote, sadly unattributed it seems, noted in “Indians of the Pacific Northwest: A History” by Robert H. Ruby and John A. Brown (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1988): 

An American settler wrote: “Whoever had traded with an Indian must have often heard the remark [in the Chinook Jargon] [that bracketed comment isn’t mine — DDR 🙂 ] ‘Wake close okok Boston mámoke, wake car’qua King George, quanisum close kon’away icktas King George mámoke’ — This is not good, this American manufacture; it is not like the English; that is always good.” — page 59

Breaking this down a bit, so you get the literal sense:

Wake close okok Boston mámoke, wake car’qua King George, quanisum close
wík ɬúsh úkuk bástən mámuk, wík kákwa kinchúch, kw̓ansəm ɬúsh
not good this American make, not like British, always good
ʹWhat the Americans make is no good, not like the British,ʹ

kon’away icktas King George mámoke
kánawi íktas kinchúch mámuk
all goods British make
ʹall the goods that the British make are always good.ʹ

What cheer, Englishman!

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