Skookum go cup, eh?

What, product placements in a Chinook Jargon blog? ūüôā¬† I enjoy posting photos of Chinook Jargon realia! (Fancy word meaning “iktas”!) This is my Raven’s Brew “Skookum Blend” coffee go cup. I can’t… Continue reading

Salmon emoticon

Still, nobody has come up with a (Chinook?) salmon emoticon. Seriously, this is the first result in Google Images when you go fishing for one: All right, I’m offering a $10 bill to… Continue reading

Atlantis Arisen: Or, Talks of a Tourist about Oregon and Washington

By Mrs Frances Fuller Victor. ¬†Philadelphia: JH Lippincott, 1891. ¬†Read below to help crowd-source an analysis of it! This book is pretty lightweight, being padded with secondary material from other people’s historical accounts:… Continue reading

Slocum tum-tum

I had to pull off the highway when I saw the sign for “Indian Shaker Church Road” at Mud Bay. This is a Native Christian denomination that has a strong historical association, I’ve… Continue reading

Dude, where’s my trough dish?

I notice a couple more bits of possible “hidden” Chinook Jargon in southwestern Washington Salish. ta’naslo…¨, ta naslo…¨ ¬†‚Äútrough dish‚ÄĚ ¬†(Upper Chehalis) The -lo…¨ is a lexical suffix meaning “dish”. ¬†What do you… Continue reading

Things you never thought of when you were thinking of England

I mentioned that you find the coolest, un-indexed Chinook Jargon words scattered through all sorts of other materials. ¬†Those words can tell you a lot of surprising stories about how CJ was being… Continue reading

Trains (not planes or automobiles) in Upper Chehalis

I was trying to figure out a long, complicated and obscure Lower Chehalis word by comparisons with nearby languages when I came upon a Chinook Jargon loan into Upper Chehalis Salish. M. Dale… Continue reading

Coyote, Mink, Louse, PUNS

When you listen to the traditional stories, you get to reach your own conclusions. ¬†What do you think of mine? Here are some words for ‘louse’ in Salish languages of Chinook Jargon’s homeland,… Continue reading

Honne, the spirit of the Chehalis

An older book, the classic of Warshington literature “Honne, the Spirit of the Chehalis“, by George Sanders, has been published in a new edition. ¬†(Some people cite him as Saunders.) This retelling of… Continue reading

Go, North Beach Hyaks!

So on a trip to the Chinook Jargon homeland (Willapa Bay, WA) this weekend, I picked up the¬†Pacific County Press¬†issue of October 17, 2013. Lo and behold, on page 11, I found that… Continue reading