Pulling our legs?
The Eskimos actually did borrow the word from English?
A very weird coinkydink?
I don’t know where the Inupiaq got the joke from, other than a lot of Eskimoan words tend to end with that “ick” sound - although it is usually spelled “iq” or “aq.” I gotta admit that I love living with folks from those cultures - fun, mellow, and many of the ladies are among the most beautiful I’ve ever seen anywhere.
So since you didn’t ask...
Did you hear about the Eskimo who used to sneak around and look in windows to catch a peek at girls? You must mean Tommy Tookalook.