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Chinook Jargon - An Indian trade language of the Columbia River section, also known as the Oregon Trade language, a combination of Indian, English, French and a few Russian words.  First noted by fur traders on the West Coast around 1810, it served the same purpose in the Northwest as the Mobile language did in the Gulf States and the Indian sign language on the Plains.

Examples of Chinook Jargon:  American was Boston Man; Amusement was He-He; Broom was Bloom; Buffalo was Moo-Moos; Christmas Day was Hy-as Sunday; Clock, Hy-as Watch, Eat, Muck-a-Muck

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