Posted by: episystechpubs | May 15, 2013

Editor’s Corner: Fresh from Mt. Tahoma (Mt. Rainier)

Good morning, folks! I want to give a big “thank you” to Donna for her contributions to the Editor’s Corner and to y’all for being so welcoming to her.

Since I spent my long weekend in the Pacific Northwest, I figured I had two choices of topics:

· First, I could discuss the words my eight-year-old nephew wrote on my hands using ink only viewable under black light. I think you are probably already familiar with those words, and we try to avoid bathroom talk at work. Let’s just say I won’t be going to any bars until the ink wears off; I don’t want to offend the bouncers.

· Second, I thought maybe I would look up some of the words we’ve added to English from the different indigenous peoples of America. I know we’ve borrowed a lot of names (Klickitat, Kopachuck, Puyallup) but I didn’t realize how many words we’ve adopted. This is a partial list of words from Algonquian and related languages. For other languages and additional words see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_words_from_indigenous_languages_of_the_Americas

Caribou

From qalipu, "snow-shoveler”.

Chipmunk

Originally chitmunk, "red squirrel".

Eskimo

From aiachkimeou (modern ayassimēw), meaning "snowshoe-netter".

Hickory

From pocohiquara, "milky drink made with hickory nuts".

Hominy

From uskatahomen/usketchaumun, literally "that which is treated", in this case "that which is ground/beaten".

Moose

From mo·swa (Proto-Algonquian)

Opossum

From apasum/opussumz/aposoum, "white dog-like animal”, “white dog".

Pecan

From pakani, "nut".

Persimmon

From pessemins/pushemins, "fruit, berry".

Pone

From poan/appoans, "something roasted".

Raccoon

From arahkun/aroughcun.

Squash (fruit)

From askútasquash.

Succotash

From msíckquatash, "boiled whole kernels of corn".

http://www.nps.gov/mora/photosmultimedia/photogallery.htm

Kara Church

Senior Technical Editor


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