March 02, 2007

Eskimo Words for Sunburn

The CTV news just had a story about the effects of global warming on northern Canada, and wouldn't you know it, they had to mention Eskimo words for snow. The reporter said: "Eskimos have a dozen words for snow. Now they have a new one for sunburn." I'm not sure whether the moderate exaggeration — only a dozen rather than hundreds — was a feint at accuracy or just Canadian modesty. Mark has discussed the claim that "sunburn" is a new word for the Eskimo before.

Posted by Bill Poser at March 2, 2007 02:26 AM