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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

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

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@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.)

@InvaderXan
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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