Thursday, February 08, 2007


one theory about the origin of the word "mush", for getting dogs to pull a dogsled: it might be a corruption of the French word "marche" in, "en marche" or let's get going, from "marcher", to walk. that's on the theory that the first Europeans to try dogsledding were probably French coureurs-de-bois, and the anglos arriving later decided that "marche" was a Native word.
so there...a connection between Paris and Dawson City...which during the Gold Rush was called "the Paris of the North". I'm still looking for a cafe.

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