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The Eskimos have 50 words for snow!

As you travel around the world, the more alert of you may realise that different countries, and indeed regions, sometimes have to be more expressive than others. As is well known, the Eskimos have 50 words for snow, although strangely not as word for just plain snow! To them there is crunch snow, soft snow, fresh snow, old snow, but no word for just plain snow. This is not the only place that seems to be overly expressive.

The Italians have over 500 words for macaroni. Some of these, when translated, begin to sound distinctly unappetizing, like strozzapreti, which means “strangled priests”. The residents of the Trobriand Islands of Papua New Guinea have hundreds of words for yams, while the Maoris of New Zealand have thirty-five words for dung. Meanwhile the Arabs are said to have 6,000 words for camels and camel equipment. The Araucanian Indians of Chile unfortunately have a variety of words to distinguish between different types of hunger.

 

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