04 Apr '12, 1am

Is Snow Water?

Contrary to popular belief, most linguists today consider it a myth that the Eskimo language has an unusually large number of words (some say 50 and some others say 100!) for snow. It goes to show the danger of accepting everything you read in the popular press or media without first “filtering” via the grey matter between our ears. By the way, there’s no one Eskimo language too ;) We don’t have to look far. In the English language, we have: “blizzard”, “flurry”, “pack”, “slush,” “drift”, “sleet,” and “powder” Each refer to different types of snow, but all are recognized as varieties of “snow” in a general sense. Now imagine having a debate on whether “sleet” is snow or water? First there is the British Commonwealth definition of sleet and the US definition of sleet. After getting through this hurdle, the debate will continue on whether sleet is more rain (water) or snow… ...

Full article: http://thefinance.sg/2012/04/04/is-snow-water/

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