Don’t be a Cheechako! Trivia Answers Revealed.

Good morning, afternoon, or whatever time you find yourself reading this post. Now, before we put our Mackinaw jackets on to prepare for the frigid climate of a wintry Yukon, I want you to stretch out. If we’re going to find some gold, then a lot of digging needs to be done.

Oh alright, we’ll just do one exercise. It’s a simple one, all you need to do is shrug and roll your eyes. Got It? Bully for you! Now repeat after me, “I am ready to “expand” my mind with useless trivia that has no practical value, whatsoever.”

Do this three times . . . now you’re in the proper mindset.



A:  a slow-witted man


C: anything phony or deceptive


A: Indigenous homes along the lower Yukon River built half underground, inhabited in winter.


C: an ornately decorated dugout canoe

Now, in case your head can take more, here are some bonus words:

Cheechako:  Someone new to Alaska or the Yukon; originally, a gold rush newcomer.

Sourdough (yes, it’s a type of bread, too)  A person who has survived at least one winter in Alaska

Now for some cool nineteenth century slang to use at your next social(ly distanced) function:

Catawamptiously chewed up: utterly defeated

“Face it, Zena, I’ve won ten rounds of rock-paper-scissors. You have been catawamptiously chewed up.”

Catch a weasel asleep: in reference to trying to surprise a person who is always alert.

“Good luck with the surprise party for Charlie, you might as well catch a weasel asleep.”

Hornswoggle, honey-fuggled: to cheat

“Mary Anne, you’re nothing but a honey-fuggler! You’ve somehow predicted the bingo numbers.”

Wake snakes: make a lot of noise, cause a ruckus, or just have a great time.

“Let’s wake snakes with this Pampered Chef party!”






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Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark Bierman's childhood consisted of chores, riding horses, snowmobile races across open fields, fishing trips to a local lake, and many other outdoor adventures. He was also an avid reader of both fiction and non. Transitioning towards adulthood also meant moving from the farm and into large urban areas that introduced this country boy to life in the big cities. After a short stint as a private investigator, he moved into the role of Correctional Officer, working at both Millhaven Institution and Kingston Penitentiary, until it closed.

38 thoughts on “Don’t be a Cheechako! Trivia Answers Revealed.”

  1. Hi Mark, I am a sucker for useless trivia. As soon as I saw the word “Cheechako” in your title, I knew I was in for a ride. I get it on the “Sourdough.” I have not heard of the other sayings. “Wake snakes” is a bit creepy. It does get the point across. Thank you for my morning smile.🙂


  2. I only got one right. Among all the old and new board or card game, trivia is my least favorite. I enjoy the new card games. I can learn as I go the first time and get a hang of it real quick. I’m as competitive as my daughter.

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  3. I’m pretty sure I got them all wrong. Lol! I will chop it up to learning something new today. 😉 I did know the word sourdough but only because of my trip to Alaska last summer. 🙂

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  4. Wow, I need to brush up on my useless trivia, LOL. I only got the first one right, along with hornswoggle.

    By the way, I LOVE “wake snakes.” I’m going to have to remember that one 🙂

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    1. Well done, Jan! I’m glad you enjoyed the challenge. Yes, even in the span of about a century, our language has evolved. It has made this book even more of a challenge to write, but I enjoy the mental gymnastics. 🙂

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