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The “Chinook lingo”

With a pidgin language, it’s perhaps more important than elsewhere to explicitly recognize the basilect. Pidgins hardly have ‘high’ forms. And they’re used in what the highfalutin folks see as pretty low places.… Continue reading

Skookum Limechen Chuck

Ever find a Chinook surprise? I grew up in Spokane, Washington, but I’d never known that a local lake, Medical Lake, once was known as… …Skookum Limechen Chuck (‘Powerful Medicine Water’), or Skookum… Continue reading