Tag Archive: skookum

Potlatch Club ball invitation

The Daily Morning Astorian. (Astoria, Or.) Tuesday, March 27, 1888, column 3. I invite your interpretations of this text! Most of it’s quite clear.  Some is new to me. — Dave Potlatch Club Ball.… Continue reading

Northwest nerdery: Soccer + Chinook Jargon

Northwest nerdery: soccer + Chinook Jargon… Portland Timbers fans holding up banners during the national anthem before a match: “TIMBERS HIAS SKOOKUM” (it’s a chant, too) “WHITECAPS HIAS CULTUS” “SOUNDERS HIAS MESACHIE” “TIMBERS… Continue reading

Racially insensitive verb

I thought of titling this post following my general habit: using the word under discussion.  But in the interests both of warning and enticing potential readers, I went for something more general.  This… Continue reading

Sharon Seal guest blogs again: Big John Kitsap & See Oh See Oh

Reader Sharon Seal has contributed more great Chinook Jargon material to share with you all.  These are newspaper articles from Kittitas County, WA.  (Non-Washingtonians: it’s pronounced KITT-ih-tass.) 1) “Big John Kitsap, Kittitas Indian,… Continue reading

“Stalking the Haplocerus in the Selkirks” by W.A. Baillie-Grohman

“Stalking the Haplocerus in the Selkirks” by W.A. Baillie-Grohman. From The English Illustrated Magazine, May 1895, page 127-133. This is one of those great old outdoors narratives in a gentlemen’s hunting (&c.) magazine.  It’s about… Continue reading

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

Chinook to the rescue

From Everybody’s Magazine (did O. Henry really edit it?).  Volume X, number 2 (February 1904), page 292. “Delate hyas kloshe papah.  Halo kultus wawa kopa ocoke Konaway Tilacums.  Delate skoom kumamook [sic].  … Continue reading

From Copenhagen to Okanogan, part 4

[Final installment.  See previous episodes for more info on this fascinating pioneer memoir…life in the Okanogan Highlands of Washington State, 1880s-1930s.  Most of what I’ve excerpted in this blog happened in the last… Continue reading

Halo klootchman stop

In my dissertation research, I found that Kamloops Chinuk Wawa uses a copula “stop” that I haven’t seen in other dialects. Copula: roughly a word for”to be”. “Stop”: KCW uses it for “to… Continue reading