Tag Archive: folk etymology

Shit’s Chinook, chittim ain’t

I keep noticing odd-smelling claims around the Internet that “chittim” is a word from Chinook Jargon.  I haven’t found proof.  I think it ain’t. Chittim (or chittem or chittam) is said to be… Continue reading

Bella Coola Courier, May 31, 1913

The Bella Coola [BC] Courier, May 31, 1913: This newspaper issue carries a vivid full-front-page narrative of Empire Day celebrations at the Indian reserve in Bella Coola, British Columbia.  Lots of interesting 100-year-old… Continue reading

“Quiggly hole”, “quiggly town” and “kick willy”

Acknowledgments are due to Mike Cleven for making me aware of these Canadianisms borrowed from Chinook Jargon.  Here’s another good online discussion of uniquely Canadian words. There are a lot of ways to… Continue reading