Thursday, March 08, 2007

Unusual snow flakes





It was very cold yesterday when it snowed. It started out with small pebbly grains and ended later in the day with platelike, scaly snow I have rarely seen. When I took the dog out for the evening walk, the snow, reflecting street lights, sparkled like facets of a diamond - very beautiful.

I wonder what the Eskimos who supposedly have dozens of words for snow would name this kind of snow.

I did a Google search for - Eskimo word for snow - and found that they don't actually have any more words than the English language has for snow like, sleet, slush, powder etc. It is a long standing myth, a factoid that has gained veracity by being repeatedly mentioned in the media. Here's an article that debunks the myth.

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