Tag Archive: chinese pidgin english

The work of Tom MacInnes

Chinook Days, by Tom MacInnes.  1926.  Vancouver: Sun Publishing Co. Ltd. It’s seldom that I find myself promoting the work of an avowed fascist in this blog.  But as some used to say… Continue reading

Blazing the way, by Emily Denny

Blazing the Way: Or, true stories, songs and sketches of Puget Sound and other pioneers. By Emily Inez Denny. Seattle: Rainier Printing Company, Inc. 1909. I enjoyed noticing on page 33 of this… Continue reading

Caroline Leighton, Life at Puget Sound

“Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon, and California, 1865-1881″ Boston: Lee and Shepard / New York: Charles T. Dillingham, 1884 The title and subtitle tell you… Continue reading

Report of the Columbia Mission

Report of the Columbia Mission.  London: Rivingtons, Waterloo Place, 1860 [sic]. A record of the doings of Dr. George Hills (hardly mentioned by name in this book!), the first Anglican Bishop of Columbia, on the Northwest… Continue reading

Soapology and washology velly chep

Chinese Pidgin English in the Northwest language mix. It makes another appearance in stereotyped Chinese-laundry form in this ad: SOAPOLOGY and WASH OLOGY Velly Chep WASHTUBS WASHBOARDS BLUEING SOAP WASHING POWDER AMMONIA BORAX… Continue reading

Gold, Gold, in Cariboo!

I came across a pretty interesting book, “Gold, Gold, in Cariboo: A Story of Adventure in British Columbia”, that has Chinook Jargon as well as dramatic features that make it worth a read.… Continue reading

A trip to Metaline

To paraphrase Daniel Johnston, have you been to Metaline?  If you had visited that mining camp on the BC border in Washington’s first year of statehood, you might have found Chinook Jargon useful.… Continue reading

Alfred Downing, “I Signal an Indian from Opposite Shore”

The superbly readable naturalist-historian Jack Nisbet of Spokane has a column “Boundaries” in the free North Columbia Monthly, out of Colville.  Thanks to Jack for this find… His current (April 2012) column is… Continue reading