BRITISH PEOPLE: Wow, did you know that Inuit people have dozens of words for snow?

ALSO BRITISH PEOPLE: *have both dictionary and regional dialect words for every imaginable kind of rain and fog*

@InvaderXan @scottishwobbly

"bwrw hen wragedd a ffyn"

"raining old women with sticks"

for when it's really chucking it down

@InvaderXan Also that factoid is only a half truth to begin with, it's because the language uses compound words far more, so something like "crunchy snow" becomes one word


@InvaderXan we have almost as many words for being heavily drunk as we do words


@RedFuture @InvaderXan that's mainly because you can turn any word into meaning drunk tbf

@diffractie @InvaderXan When we go to a sandwich shop, I ask for a barm and my partner for a cob, because that's how we roll.

@InvaderXan Meanwhile America is investing heavily into new words for political dysfunction

@InvaderXan I always thought that was exactly the point people were making. That how fine grained a language is depends on what is locally important.

@InvaderXan (Though things that are important for a culture often do involve a large number of words, ironically the old "Eskimos have N words for snow" example of this turns out not to be true.)

Like the Dutch have many words for human made water ways of various width and depth and function. Also for swampy places and dry-ish locations in those swampy places where you could live, or escape rising water.

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