Canadian Skookum a family friendly word?

I hear this word quite a bit on one Canadian fellow’s Youtube channel, but he curses liberally so I want to be sure it’s not an offensive term.

In fact, I find myself often wanting to describe something as skookum. My wife brought home a pretty substantial artist’s easel made of heavy duty maple, and my first thought was to say “Wow, that’s a pretty skookum easel”

So, in short, can I say Skookum around Canadians and not offend anyone?

My understanding from a Calgary friend is yes. But the better question is this: Does she chooch?

Darn…it’s such a handy word.

I guess it’s kind of like how some of my friends say “wow, that’s ghettotastic” but I wouldn’t use that word myself.

As Pork Rind hinted at, this question would be a good one to identify machinists / mechanics in the crowd.

Horse pucky!

It isn’t “appropriated” anymore than any other word of non-English derivation is.

By your logic we should avoid; toboggan, bannock, chinook, igloo, caribou, chipmunk, hickory, husky and Christ only knows how many others.

Not to mention the fact that half of the lexicon of English is “appropriated” (how many English words are French, Spanish, Indian, African etc.)

Skookum is family friendly - it’s just a superlative.

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And Christ is another appropriated word.

No, it is linguistic assimilation. A process by which languages have always grown and will continue to do so.

And when you start by claiming it is appropriative and then back-pedal to, “it can be - dependent in part on context” makes your implied functional definition of appropriation so hazy as to be utterly meaningless.

How about this, the use of the word is indicative of the influence of native culture in BC and shows a degree of respect.

So I reiterate… horse pucky!

I almost wish for the camera to lose focus each time.

Keep yer dick in a vice!

Skookum merely means strong, big, reliable, genuine in Chinook jargon. E.g., a skookum current is a strong current.

Very family friendly unless you are combining it with other words which create an off color meaning.

Chinook jargon was used by all types of people on the N Pacific Coast: natives, fur traders, fishermen, lumberjacks, and all sorts of imported workers from around the world. It imported words from a variety of language including French and Spanish. While this word had Native American origins, it was far from an exclusively Native language.

BTW: While it was used as far north as coastal southern BC, it was mainly a coastal US PNW jargon.

Died out mostly during WWII due to the large number of people moving to the NW for defense jobs.

He’s a lovely lad isn’t he? I was almost tempted by his new FR4 welder’s rule. But I’m not sure the hair width gauge would pass PC muster.

Never heard of that word–but then, I’m pretty far from the prairies.

Agreed. That word never made it to Ontario.

I’ve never heard it.

Yes, he’s retreating from the bailey to the motte (both words “appropriated” from the French.)

It’s commonly used in Alaska without having any pejorative meaning. As noted, it’s used as an expression of admiration for something strong.

There is even a Skookumchuck in the east Kootenays. Skookum is a great word, you hear it in Alberta but usually only from BC influence. Never knew about the Chinook Jargon, very interesting; had assumed it was from the Kootenai language.

Ave is pretty interesting, not surprised there are some doper fans. I grew up with one friend and have worked with a few people that spoke in a similar manor. Interior BC working english.

Also, not connected etymologically to snookums, I see.

As ftg noted the term isn’t particularly Canadian but regional, Pacific Northwest. There’s a ‘Skookum’ brand of heavy rigging (chains blocks and such) as for logging and shipping, hq’ed in Oregon.

Well, you won’t offend me because I’ve never heard it before. Lived in western Canada all my life.

Not a prairie word. BC and coastal. I’ve heard it, but very rarely.

What they all said. Heard it occasionally in Vancouver (North Van). Rarely or never in Calgary. I don’t think I’ve ever really used it. I would someone who used it was from BC.

Extreme northwest corner of Washington state reporting in. I hear ‘skookum’ occasionally up here. It mostly seems to be used by people who grew up in the area, though I’ve used it once or twice when a synonym failed to come to mind.