Skookumchuck is a Chinook Jargon term that is in common use in British Columbia English and occurs in Pacific Northwest English. Skookum means "strong" or "powerful", and "chuck" means water, so skookumchuck means "rapids" or "whitewater" (literally, "strong water"), or fresh, healthy water. It can mean any rapids, but in coastal usage refers to the powerful tidal rapids at the mouths of most of the major coastal inlets.
Places named Skookumchuck include:
- Skookumchuck, British Columbia, a town in British Columbia named for the large rapids in this area on the Kootenay River.
- Skookumchuck Hot Springs, British Columbia, a town in British Columbia
- Skookumchuck Narrows, a narrow entrance passage into Sechelt Inlet, a fjord in British Columbia's Sunshine Coast
- Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park, a park located at the narrows
- Skookumchuck Rapids Provincial Park, a park near Mabel Lake, British Columbia
- Skookumchuck River, a river in southwestern Washington
- Skookumchuck Creek, Kittitas County, Washington
- Skookumchuck Creek, Idaho County, Idaho
Tidal rapids termed skookumchucks include:
- Phillips, Walter Shelley (1913). The Chinook Book: A Descriptive Analysis of the Chinook Jargon in Plain Words, Giving Instructions for Pronunciation, Construction, Expression and Proper Speaking of Chinook with All the Various Shaded Meanings of the Words. Seattle: R. L. Davis Printing Co. pp. 86–87.
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