Saturday, October 29, 2011

5,280 words for "stayin' alive"

How many words do those wacky Inupiaq have for "awesome," Nation's Newspaper of Record?

The Barrow Journal article on Oct. 17, about the fall subsistence whale hunt in Barrow, Alaska, misstated a greeting exchanged between the captain of a crew that killed a whale and a crowd onshore. They shouted “aarigaa” at each other — an Inupiaq word meaning “very good.” The captain did not shout, and the crowd did not respond, “Ah ah ha!”

You can only hope that the crowd at Barrow High football games isn't given to chanting "Na Na Hey Hey."

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