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    Default Where do the words "mushing" and "musher" come from?

    These terms originated when the Canadian Northwest was being settled. The French-Canadian dog drivers shouted: "Ma-a-r-r-che!" To the English settlers in Canada, the word sounded like "Mush!" A dog driver then became known as a musher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johniest View Post
    These terms originated when the Canadian Northwest was being settled. The French-Canadian dog drivers shouted: "Ma-a-r-r-che!" To the English settlers in Canada, the word sounded like "Mush!" A dog driver then became known as a musher.
    Mushing is a general term for a sport or transport method powered by dogs, and includes carting, pulka, scootering, sled dog racing, skijoring, freighting, and weight pulling. More specifically, it implies the use of one or more dogs to pull a sled on snow. The term is thought to come from the French word marche, or go, run, the command to the team to commence pulling. "Mush!" is rarely used in modern parlance, however; "Hike!" is more common in English. Mushing can be utilitarian, recreational, or competitive.

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    Actually mush is what mushers eat...that's why they are called mushers...and mush is what they do.

    Makes sense doesn't it?
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