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Postby skinem » Sun Nov 30, 2008 12:20 am

Yeah, yeah, not English. A word that has been used as a place name for quite a few places in Washington state.

Skookum-usual spelling, archaic is skookoom, or skukum.

From the Chinook language--noun, adjective.

1. A ghost, evil spirit or a demon.
2. Strong.

Sometimes you'll see it alone, such as Skookum Meadows (place name); often with other words--for example, multiple places called Skookum Chuck which means literally means strong water, or rapids; or skookum tumtum, which means brave or not afraid.

Some older folks in the Pacific Northwest refer to sasquatch as Skookum.

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Postby Slava » Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:51 pm

This is fun. Now we know the Chinook for intestinal fortitude: skookum tumtum. If that's not fun, I don't know what fun is.

Down with chutzpah! Go Chinook!
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