The tides in Ungava Bay were so great that they coursed high up to Fort Chimo, thirty miles from the mouth of the Koksoak River. Medium sized supply ships could navigate the channel in summer, despite its shoals, but they invariably carried Eskimo pilots and moved in the river only between half tide and high water. In the Sealift period when supply ships reached Chimo, they had to anchor in the shelter of mid-river islands and the cargoes were transferred into barges to be ferried ashore. A six-knot current kept sailors on their toes, and captains were warned that no anchorage could be considered safe. All ships had to be ready to move at any time.
Still others, such as "peanut gallery" and "fuzzy wuzzy," remain in wide use despite their racially questionable origins. That's because the definition of these words and phrases have often been lost over time, experts said. To say these phrases and words are "just expressions" or to say the intent of using the word is "not meant to be racist" is not good enough, Barg explained. Although not a comprehensive list, here is a list of some commonly used phrases and their origins as identified by experts who spoke to ABC News.