World Cupdate; Jo Jos, Buffalo Fries & more
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Fri Jun 28 05:41:03 UTC 2002
Greeting from just outside Denali. Denali/Mount McKinley is always in the clouds and is hard to see. I spent eight hours today to see a bear a football field away. Tomorrow is a long driving day to Seward.
WORLD CUPDATE--CNN's "update" on the "World Cup" uses this. Check the usual databases for other cites.
SKIJORING--Skiing with a dog. Is that the correct spelling, or is it "skijouring"?
FLIGHTSEEING--Alaska probably gave birth to this, which is everywhere. Still not in OED?
JO JO POTATOES--I just had some for dinner. Called just "jo jos." OED? DARE? Mariani? I also saw this at the Fred Meyer superstore.
BUFFALO FRIES--Also at the Fred Meyer superstore. Fried potatoes that are rounded, with some spices on them.
PERSHINGS, BISMARKS--Found in the bakery department of the huge Fred Meyer superstore. DARE for Pershing?
TOURON--Another word for "tourist." The only slang my Denali guide could come up with.
MELTWATER--This term is used all over Denali. I haven't checked the revised OED "m."
OUTSIDE--My guide said that this is probably the biggest Alaskan word here. "Outside"=Lower Forty Eight or elsewhere.
THROUGHPUT--Oil term for what goes through the Alaska pipeline. I haven't yet checked OED.
TRIBEARATHON--Stretching, running, and ice cream eating competition, see www.cer.org.
"WE CHEAT THE OTHER GUY AND PASS THE SAVINGS ON TO YOU!"--Ad for Chilkoot Charlie's Rustic Alaskan Saloon, ALASKA VISITORS' GUIDE 2002, ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS, pg. 47. Seen also in other publications.
SQUAREBANKS--HDAS? Same publication, pg. 101, col. 1:
To be fair, Fairbanksans are almost as quick as Anchoragites to call their home "Squarebanks" (the Chamber of Commerce prefers "The Golden Heart City"), especially when a long winter is making it feel particularly small.
FISHWALK--Fish walk? From pg. 109, col. 4:
It also has a 250-foot calssic "fishwalk" along the Kenai River. Along a set of stairs to the river are information boards providing details on the river, salmon and the environment.
CHICKEN HALIBUT--From Pg. 113, col. 2:
Fish weighing 100, 200, 300 pounds and more are not unusal in Resurrection and it surrounding water, and 25- to 35-pound halibut, called "chicken halibut," are common and considered by many to be best on the table.
ALASKAN GRABBERS--From Pg. 142 ad for The ULU Factory (www.theulufactory.com):
Our salad/pasta grabbers are made of Birch and are sure to be a hit on your dinner table.
Found at the Alpenglow Restaurant here:
KLONDIKE COFFEE--Yukon Jack, Barejager and coffee with whipped cream $5.00
NORTH SLOPE--Peppermint Schnapps and hot chocolate with whipped cream $4.50
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