List of Alaskan terms, words, expressions
Attention, cette liste est en Anglais.
Courtesy of "Magpie", an old Go friend of mine who happily lives in Alaska and plays Go on the Internet.
- Bear attack. A wife's defense against bear attack is a small caliber pistol.Upon encountering a bear she shoots her husband in the leg and runs. She doesn't have to run faster than the bear, just faster than her husband.
- Termination dust. First dusting of snow on the lower Chugach mountains. Winter's warning that summer is finished.
- Break-up. When the ice which has frozen over the rivers breaks up and begins to move down river. Signifies end of Winter.
- Combat fishing. That kind of fishing during the peak salmon runs when fishermen stand elbow to elbow and swing their fishing hooks at the fish, often hooking each other. Commonly done by those who have no means to transport themselves to more secluded places.
- Iron dog. Snow machine
- Happiness. Texan going South for the Winter with an man from Oklahoma under each Arm.
- Sourdough. An experienced Alaskan who knows how to survive long winters
- Cheechako. An inexperienced Alaskan who does'nt know how to wipe his nose.
- Gusuq. Yupiq Eskimo word for non-native (usually white) person.
- Tunuq. Iniaupiaq Eskimo word for non-native (usually white) person.
- Unuq. Yupik Eskimo word for feces.
- Oosik. Penile bone of marine mammals, most notably the walrus. Prized today as a conversation piece and for carving. In pre-Western contact times it was used as a club to kill fish or small game.
- Low bush moose. Rabbits
- State bird. Mosquito
- Barn Door. A halibut that weighs 100 pounds or more
- Boar. Male King Salmon
- Sow. Female King Salmon
- Digs. Where one lives.
- Cunnichuck. Vestibule
- Carpetbaggers. Oil company executives from Texas and England
- Sun dog. A rare refraction of sunlight made by a unique set of winter conditions. Due to the low angle of the sun's light and the presence of ice crystals in the air, the sun rays are bent (similar to a rainbow) to create a bright circle or halo around the sun characterized by two brilliant spots of light to the west and east of the sun. The spots are sometimes bright enough to give the impression of three sources of light in the sky. The bright companion lights to the sun thus created are called "sun dogs".
- The Bush. Any place inaccessible by road or train.
- Outside. Anywhere out of Alaska
- Lower 48. Continental United States
- Denali. The Alaskan name for Mt. McKinley
- Bear bells. Small bells worn by tourists to alert bears of human presence to avoid surprising territorial bears.
- Scat analysis. It has been shown that the difference between brown bear scat and black bear scat can be reliably determined by scat analysis. Brown bear scat often contain small bells.
Autre liste en anglais