Friday, August 07, 2009

Eskimo Snow sighting!

I'm always on the alert for references to those wacky Eskimos and their multiplicitous words for snow, and just caught one in a New Yorker article (5/28/08 - yes, I'm a little behind) about hangovers, and the words that different languages have for hangover:
In keeping with the saying about the Eskimos' nine words for snow, the Ukrainians have several words for hangover.
Nine, huh?  You gotta love the precision.  And the implication about the Ukrainians is most unkind...

(Image from here; I hope it's okay to use it - I'm never really sure what the rules are on this...)


The Ridger, FCD said...

Nine words only? That's starting to be almost believable!

Monica said...

Ah, if you haven't already, you *have* to read Geoff Pullum's "The Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax."