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Long Word

4 x 3 1/4 x 1/4 in. (10 x 8 x 1 cm)

Donald Baxter MacMillan (Provincetown Mass., 11/10/1874 - 9/7/1970)
Donald Baxter MacMillan (Provincetown Mass., 11/10/1874 - 9/7/1970)

Object Type: image
Creation Places:
Medium and Support: silver gelatin on glass
Credit Line: Gift of Donald and Miriam MacMillan
Accession Number: 3000.32.83
On January 15, 1928 in his journal of the 1927-28 expedition to Labrador, MacMillan wrote:

I asked him [Moravian missionary Mr. Perrett] tonight for long word. He gave me the following:

Which means:
“but I can in no wise be called a jailbird.”

1 Parngnanairsimavingme In the place that was locked up
2 to the thing or person
3 vine - a past condition – what was but is not now
4 o turns a noun into a verb
5 nerar to be called or named
6 tau passive form
7 jungnara can
8 tsalga imperative negative
9 very much or fully marik [sp?]
10 punga I “
11 lonel indeed in no case
12 le but

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