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Hello class!

I don't know what the weather is like where you live, but where I live we have a whole bunch of snow. I don't like snow because it means all the delicious buggies are gone for the winter and I'm stuck eating bugcicles, and bug preserves.

 

I'm just glad that it's only snowy here for three or four months. In some colder parts of the world, the ground is covered in snow for much more of the year. Have you heard the famous saying about the many Eskimo words for snow? Well, it's commonly said that Eskimos have dozens (or hundreds) of words to describe snow because they have to deal with it much more than most people. Well, that's kind of true and kind of not. I'll explain why.

 

First of all, having a lot of words to describe snow and ice isn't that strange. In fact English has tons! Some of them are: blizzard, flurry, sleet, hail, white out, snowdrift, frost, powder, slush and of course just plain old snow. In my dictionary at home there are more than 50 words that start with snow and I think I could find more if I looked in that really thick dictionary Rhetorical has!

 

We also have to consider the variety of Eskimo and Inuit languages. The word Eskimo describes the native people who live in the frozen regions of the world such as the Arctic and Siberia. The natives of Alaska and Greenland are called Inuits. Not all Eskimos and Inuits are from the same background or group, and while their languages are similar, they are distinct.

 

Eskimo and Inuit languages are also unique in the way they work. They are what are known as "polysynthetic" languages. Instead of using a fixed set of words, like we do in English, people who use polysynthetic languages can put multiple words together to create a new word. This means that there can be a very large variety of words not just for snow, but for anything.

 

So, do Eskimos have hundreds of words to describe snow? Well, that kind of depends on how you look at it. Sure they do, but so does English and many other languages. I guess this just means that people need a lot of words for snow wherever they live and not just in places where you can't get an unfrozen bug for most of the year.

 

Whoops, I just saw F.W. throw a snowball at Ramses outside so I better dismiss class so we don't miss all the fun.

 

 

Kiweenie & Eskimo in the deep snow.

soft deep snow muruaneq

 

Here are some snow words in the in one Inuit language, Central Alaskan Yupik. 13,000 people in the coast and river areas of Southwestern Alaska speak this language.

qanuk - snowflake
qanir - to snow
kanevvluk - fine snow/rain particles
natquik - drifting snow
qanikcaq - snow on ground
muruaneq - soft deep snow
pirta - blizzard, snowstorm

 

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