Monthly Archive: October, 2021

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.

1892: Tacoma pseudo-CW football cheer

I’ve reported a number of times on oldtime sports yells that tried to sound “savage” — sometimes in the Northwest by using Chinuk Wawa.

1889: Keep that cultus wah-wah out of my courtroom!

Kind of by request of Jay V. Powell…