Renamed Tumwater Middle School

“The renamed Tumwater Middle School in Portland, Oregon’s suburb of Beaverton honors the Chinuk Wawa language”, says the media headline.

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(Image credit: KOIN)

(tə́mwáta ‘falls, rapids; Oregon City’)

Although the local school board chair is named Tymchuk, the option of naming this school Tumchuck was declined!

(tə́mtsə́qw, a rarer synonym of Tumwater, known from Joel Palmer 1847 and James Swan 1857)

The article also notes another name for Chinook Jargon, Sháwásh-wáwa.


Oregon is really the epicenter of new CW names these days. Nowhere else do we see them being added to the map with such vigor…

What do you think?