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.

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Duffer:

A:  a slow-witted man

Bunco:

C: anything phony or deceptive

Barabas:

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

Kanin:

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!”

 

 

 

 

Don’t be a Cheechako!

I hope everyone had a good weekend, in particular my friends to the south who celebrated Independence Day weekend.

I haven’t done this in quite some time, but folks seem to enjoy it, so today I’m bringing out another word trivia. Now, these are not just any words, they are connected with my upcoming book. They stretch back to the days of the Klondike.

Please, if you can, practice ‘googlestraint’ and I’ll give you the answers in my next blog. Have fun!

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Duffer:

A:  a slow-witted man

B:  the front bumper of a dog sled

C: a con man who is terrible at his trade

D: combining brass filings with gold dust to fool the weigh scales

Bunco:

A: a card game that evolved from Poker during the Klondike

B: a gold claim with very few, if any, yields

C: anything phony or deceptive

D: a low-class drinking establishment

Barabas:

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

B: in reference to the Biblical figure who was released instead of Jesus. A scoundrel who escapes justice.

C: a claim jumper

D: the buckle used to connect the suspenders to a pair of Mackinaw hip-waders

Kanin:

A: the canvas baffle on a rocker box (rocker boxes were used to separate gold from sediment)

B: the pivot pin on a weigh scale

C: an ornately decorated dugout canoe

D: the small overhang usually found on the false front of a business

Word Quiz Answers Revealed!

Because it’s Saturday, and I don’t want anyone doing homework on a weekend, I’m going to end your suffering. So, put down those Latin study books, and just scroll down. The great unknown is about to become less mysterious.

Thank you for playing this barmy (silly) word quiz, but I don’t think Jim would  be grateful for being called a glutton (edacious). The good news is, unless your date is extremely sensitive, you probably won’t get flak for complimenting her/his armpits (oxters), but it may still be enough to quash a budding romance.

Now, drumroll please, take a deep breath and prepare to be schooled in the bizarre:

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Ulotrichous

This joker is being punished because he spends hours working his naturally wooly and crispy hair with a straight iron.

 

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Doodle Sack

To some, it may sound profane, even painful, but playing/listening to the Bagpipes is a traditional and emotional experience for many.

 

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Tittynope

If you have daughters of dating age, you can use this word before tossing her boyfriend out the door. I mean, how dare he fail to eat the small quantity of leftover meatloaf on his plate!

 

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Kakorrhaphiophobia

Try saying this word five times fast, and you will probably develop a fear of failure!

Now go back to bed! It’s too early to be up. Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

Another Barmy Word Quiz.

Put your ‘thinking caps’ on! It’s time for another word quiz. The answers will be revealed in the next blog.

Yes, these are all real words, I didn’t make them up. Impress your pals at the Super Bowl Party. Jim really wants to be asked the meaning of edacious, with a mouthful of nachos and salsa dripping from his chin onto his 49ers jersey.

Win your date’s heart by complimenting her beautiful oxters. You’re welcome!

Time to play. As in the last word quiz, please practice ‘Googlestraint.’  (I coined that one, no copyright permission required). You can write your answers in the comments section.

Here we go!

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Ulotrichous

A: An act of disrespect towards royalty

B: Having wooly or crispy hair

C: Parent or guardian who is abusive towards his/her children

D: One who is difficult to reason with

 

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Doodle Sack

A: A satchell used to carry odds and ends

B: Offensive slang term for male genitalia

C: Bagpipe

D: A term for one who paints or draws graffitti everywhere

 

Tittynope

A: Slang term for refusal to enter an area where creepy, crawlies exist. Such as cellars, attics, and seedy drinking establishments.  Basically, “Not going in there!”

B: Hemp rope used on ships from 16th to the early 19th century

C: A small quantity of something leftover

D:  Slang term for a part on a train coupler, officially called a ‘Hole Cap’

 

Kakorrhaphiophobia

A: Fear of being watched

B: Fear of failure

C: Fear of insects that hop

D: Fear of rejection

Thanks for playing!