American Notes and Queries Volume 3

American Notes and Queries Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ... W. D. Howells (" The Undiscovered Country," Douglas edition, Edinburgh, 1884, Vol. ii, p. 77, and p. 7) has the form chipmuck. S. S. Haldemann ("Pennsylvania Dutch," 1872, p. 58) gives "chipmunk, a groundsquirrel (Tamias): chip, probably from its cry, and Swiss munk, a marmot." Rev. VV. M. Beauchamp tells us (" Journal of Amer. Folk-Lore," Vol. ii, 1889, p. 160) that the Delaware Indians of Pennsylvania called "January the squirrel month, or the time when chipmucks came out of their holes." If the word is of Indian origin, it is probably from some Algonkin dialect. In Longfellow's "Hiawatha" the hero is helped by the squirrel, and says to him: "Take the thanks of Hiawatha, And the name which now he gives you; For hereafter and forever Boys shall call you Adjidaumo, Tail-in-air the boys shall call you." Baraga gives the Ojebway for squirrel as 'atchi/amo, and Wilson as ahjidumo. The Mississaguas of Scugog, Ontario, nasalize the final 0 and make it aichitamon. The initial a of this word is often imperfectly sounded, and is liable to be dropped; thus, Long gives the Chippewa word as chetamon. Tyrrel (" Proc. Canad. Inst.," vi, 85) gives atchitamoo as the Saulteaux name of the Sciurus Hudsonius. Chipmunk is perhaps a corruption, aided by folk-etymology, of this Algonkin name of the squirrel. Joaquin Miller uses the form chipmonk (in Arizonian), and also chip-monks (in Califorman). A. F. Chamberlain. Toronto, Ont. The Bowie Knife (Vol. i, p. 49; Vol. I ii, p. 251).--Jeff. Davis tells the following 1 story of Bowie and his celebrated knife: "Henry Clay once told me of his first meeting with Colonel Bowie. It was in the i early days, and Clay was traveling in a!...show more

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  • English
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  • 1236544552
  • 9781236544551