Claimed: A word that I found in the Lushootseed Salish dictionary, s-pikyud, most likely is a survival from Chinuk Wawa. The word represents English picayune, a coin technically worth 6.25 cents in the early United… Continue reading
Here’s where it pays to be that weird picayune breed that I belong to, the reader of dictionaries. In the 1994 dictionary of Lushootseed (Puget Sound Salish) by Dawn Bates, Thom Hess and… Continue reading
On the Columbia River in fur-trade times, North American French units of measure were about as standardized as you got.
Way, way back when, in fur-trade times, “the River Quinze Sous” was a name for southwest Washington state’s Newaukum River, or according to some sources, the Chehalis River to which it’s a tributary.
One, two, three counting-related topics that have been hard puzzles in Chinuk Wawa:
In Klallam Salish (north end of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, opposite Canada’s Vancouver Island), the word ɬčəx̣-mít means ‘nickel’.