Years ago my father and I were kayaking a river in Michigan. One of us ran up on a submerged log, known as a "snag" in English, and got stuck. Another kayaker paddled by and exclaimed, "Ah! You've found a _______!"

He used a French term. For the life of me I can't remember what it was. I'd really like to know what he might have said. Help!!

Edit: we know it was French because we looked it up at the time and learned it was something the French trappers used. Maybe it's slang?

  • 2
    How can you be sure it was a French term ? Also from where I see it it could be anything just for the joke: "Ah, you found a treasure!", "Ah! you found a river monster!",...
    – Laurent S.
    Commented Aug 29, 2018 at 12:08
  • @Laurent S. I clarified the question.
    – acpilot
    Commented Aug 29, 2018 at 13:17
  • Is what you're calling a "snag" also known as a "strainer" in the English world of kayaking? If so, maybe it was one of the French equivalents of that word.
    – Papa Poule
    Commented Aug 29, 2018 at 14:20
  • Hi! By "submerged log" do you mean a tree stump or actually a "log"? Thks.
    – user3177
    Commented Aug 29, 2018 at 20:40
  • 1
    A stump. I've found "chicot de bois" and "chicot d'arbre" but that's from the southern US.
    – acpilot
    Commented Aug 29, 2018 at 20:48

1 Answer 1


From what you say, it may be


this means trap, but it could be so many other words, it's just a guess ;)

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.