What’s that got to do with this blog you ask. Well the connection is raccoon. For raccoon is a word from the Algonquian language, 3000-years old. Now it’s true that Groundhog is not an Algonquian word, but the other common name for these fat little animals is Woodchuck. Just to confuse the issue they don’t chuck or throw wood around though they do hog the ground. That’s because Woodchuck is the anglicized version of the Algonquian word wuchak. As English likes to nick words from other languages, there are a few other words taken from the Algonquian language, such as chipmunk, caribou, hickory, squash, hominy, moose, and opossum.
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