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Fur Trade Words and Phrases
"The fur traders were the first Europeans on the Western Canadian Prairies, and they had a language all their own. This quiz is about words and phrases that were in common use among fur traders."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Every fur-trader knew what a tranche was. What was it?
A young woman who was no better than she should be
A canoe paddle
An ice chisel
A 100-lb bale of beaver pelts
What did the fur-traders mean when they referred to 'orignals'?
A colleague with his own way of doing things
When the fur traders said that they had spent the day marching, they meant that they had travelled in this manner. Which?
All of these
In a York boat
Fur traders used the word 'crazy' to describe what?
Another fur trader who was befuddled by drink
Someone suffering from swamp fever
Their life style
Something that was cracked or patched
What was 'lace', to a fur trader?
A wild flower with clumps of delicate small blooms on a single stalk
The rum with which they laced their tea
Gold or silver braid decoration on military uniforms
The buffalo sinew which they wrapped around their moccasins
If a fur trader said he was 'knocked up', what did he mean?
He'd been in a fight
He was exhausted
He had been cheated at cards
He was drunk
In the fur trader's vocabulary, what or who was his 'country wife'?
A crude sewing kit he carried to mend tears in his clothing
A blue jay. They always sound as if they're scolding
The native woman to whom he was married
Every fur trader knew what a factor was. Do you?
The manager of a fur trading post
A damaged pelt
An item on a bill of lading
A canoe builder
The fur traders called these 'kettles'.
What was 'milk' to a fur trader?
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