February 06, 2012

31 Eskimo words for "snow"

Speaking of "Eskimo" stereotypes, I came across this soon after my posting on Suzuki's Dog-Sled Commercial:

31!And here they are:

Aluiqqaniq: Snowdrift on a steep hill, overhanging on top.

Aniuk: Snow for drinking water.

Aniuvak: Snow remaining in holes.

Aput: Snow on the ground (close to the generic snow)
These are 31 words about snow, from the Inuit, Aivilik and Igloolik languages.

(Julian Bentham, Adelaide Research Center)
Comment:  For more on the subject, see 100 Eskimo Words for "Snow"?

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