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!”