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MYTH OR REALITY?

Thursday, March 09, 2006 - 11:51 AM

In researching today’s interview with Barbara Wallraff, about how cultural changes require new words, we came across this mystery. Myth or reality? Do Inuit languages really have all those words for snow? Here are two opposing views:

It’s a “tundra” legend. This includes a satiric list of all the words for snow that’s practically poetry.

Or

It’s established by scholarship. It’s from Princeton!

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