08 Feb '18, 1pm

Are there really 50 Eskimo words for snow? Well....maybe

And ever since, linguists have been trying to dismiss the so-called myth of his winter wonderland of words. In one essay , “The great Eskimo vocabulary hoax,” the writer goes so far as to describe Boas’ claims as, “the embarrassing saga of scholarly sloppiness and popular eagerness to embrace exotic facts about other people's languages without seeing the evidence. The fact is that the myth of the multiple words for snow is based on almost nothing at all. It is a kind of accidentally developed hoax perpetrated by the anthropological linguistics community on itself.”

Full article: https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories...

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