Tag: Word of the Day

  • YOUR CHINOOK WAWA WORD OF THE DAY: MESACHIE

    YOUR CHINOOK WAWA WORD OF THE DAY: MESACHIE

    MESACHIE [me-SA’-chi] — adjective Meaning: Bad; bitter; cruel; depravity; dissolute; dung; evil; filthy; grumpy; harm; immodest; immoral; iniquity;  insolence; malign; naughty; nasty; obscene; sin; sinner; treacherous; ungodly; unrighteous; unruly; unworthy; vice; vile; wicked.  Origin: Chinook, masáchi “Bad”; “wicked” < Chinook masachi “evil”,”nasty”,”malign” (Chinookan languages of Washington and Oregon) “Mesachie” (occasionally written as “mesahchie”, mesatchee”, or…

  • YOUR CHINOOK WAWA WORD OF THE DAY: KWASS

    YOUR CHINOOK WAWA WORD OF THE DAY: KWASS

    KWASS [kwas] — Adjective, noun. Meaning: Afraid, Awe; Distrust; Dread; Fear; Fearful; Shy; Tame; Timid Origin: From a Chinookan particle k’wash ‘afraid’ Expressing notions of fear and hesitancy, the word “kwass” lends itself to an adequate description of a “kwass kalakala” (pigeon). Scary movies are designed to “mamook kwass” (scare, frighten, alarm), and experience “hyas kwass”…

  • YOUR CHINOOK WAWA WORD OF THE DAY: TAMAHNOUS

    TAMAHNOUS  [ta-MAH’-no-us] or [tam-án-a-was] or [tamá-nawas] or [tah-MAH’-na-wis] — noun, verb, adjective Meaning: Spirit; Guardian spirit; Personal Spirit; Ghost; Goblin; Witch; Magic; Luck; Fortune; Slight of hand; One’s particular forte, specialty, or strength Origin: Several possible, perhaps convergent etymologies: Chinook, itamánawas ‘guardian or familiar spirit; magic, luck, fortune; anything supernatural’ >i-ta-mánwash (spirit creature)  Sahaptin tamánwit…

  • Your Chinook Wawa Word of the Day: Salal

    SALAL  [SAL’-AL]  — noun. Meaning: The salal shrub or its berries.The salal berry; fruit of Gualtheria shallon. Origin: Chinook klkwushala ‘salal berries’. Sometimes called ‘sallal’ or ‘shallon’, the salal (Gaultheria shallon) is an evergreen shrub, restricted mainly to the Cascadian coastline which possess clustered dark-purple berrylike fruit about the size of the common grape.  Before…

  • Your Chinook Wawa Word of the Day: Shot Olallie

    Shot Olallie [shot O-lal’-lie] or [shat U-lal-i] — noun. Meaning: huckleberry Origin: English shot “bullet; lead” + Heiltsuk, olallie “salmon berry”; Chinook, ulali, “berry” The Red Huckleberry (vaccinium parvifolium) is a species native to western North America, where it is common in forests of Cascadia. In the Oregon Coast Range, it is the most common…

  • Your Chinook Wawa Word of the Day: Seahpo olallie

    Seahpo olallie [se-áh-po O-lal’-lie] or [se-áh-pult U-lal-i] — noun. Meaning: Raspberry Origin: French, chapeau  “hat”, “cap” + Heiltsuk, olallie “salmon berry”; Chinook, ulali, “berry” There are several varieties of raspberry in Cascadia, including the Snow Raspberry (Rubus nivalis), which is native to northwestern North America: British Columbia, Washington, Idaho, and far northern California, and the…

  • Your Chinook Wawa Word of the Day: Amote

    Your Chinook Wawa Word of the Day:  Amote

    AMOTE [a-MO’-teh] or [a-MU-tee],  occasionally corrupted into [al-mo’-ta] — noun. Meaning: Strawberry (plant or fruit) Origin: Chinook amuti; Clatsop tl’amōte, “strawberry”. Fragaria chiloensis, the ‘beach strawberry’ or ‘coastal strawberry’, is one of two species of wild strawberries that were hybridized to create the modern garden strawberry. The plant’s natural range is the Pacific Ocean coast,…

  • Your Chinook Wawa Word of the Day: Olallie

    Olallie [O-lal’-lie] or [U-lal-i] — noun. Meaning: Berry; berries; fruit Origin: From a Lower Chinook úlili ‘salmon-berry’; Heiltsuk, olallie “salmon berry” Originally this word referred only to salmon-berries (Rubus spectabilis), but in Chinook Wawa it grew to mean any sort of “pil olallie” (red berry), along the Salish Sea it became a catch-all for any…

  • Your Chinook Wawa Word of the Day: Klahanie

    Your Chinook Wawa Word of the Day: Klahanie

    KLAHANIE [KLA’-ha-nie], [KLA’-a-ni], or occasionally [klagh-anie’] — adverb Meaning: Out; outside; outdoors; without; exterior. Origin: Chinook  tlakhani “out”; “outside”. ‘Klahanie’ (sometimes rendered as ‘klahani’, ‘klahhanie’, or ‘klaghanie’) means ‘outside’, but can be used to describe a variety of actions relating to the external, such as “mamook klahanie okoke” (put that outside), “chako klahanie” (to emerge…

  • Your Chinook Wawa Word of the Day: Illahee

    ILLAHEE [IL’-la-hie] or occasionally [ilee-ee]  — noun. Meaning:  Country, land, ground, earth, region, district, soil, dirt, the place where one resides. Origin: Chinook, ilahekh  ‘land’, ‘earth’ < From a Lower Chinook stem -lkh, preserved intact in the Kathlamet and Upper Chinook forms ilkh ‘land’; contracted in Lower Chinook due to the presence of a following…