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100 words for snow

A rare occurrence these days – SNOW in London! Looking like a whole week of snow and cold temperatures. Get ready for everything grinding to a halt as usual; for some unknown reason!? It’s not exactly Arctic conditions, but Brits have become namby pamby pussies. No more stiff upper lip, [and I don’t mean cold induced] get on with it attitudes from contemporary society. Too comfortable with their gadgets and gizmos?

Winter-Tree

In a similar way to Haiku poets the obvious signs of a changing season bring out my reflective nature. Personally I find most of the modern English language Haiku to be rather ‘boring’ and give no interesting insights.

Here is one I made today:

Diamonds trapped in black ice
Lonely Winter tree weeps on salty path
Hot breath mists the pane

NB. The Eskimo–Aleut languages most probably DO NOT have so many words for snow as many now believe. This so called Great Inuit Vocabulary Hoax apparently started in 1911 when anthropologist Franz Boaz casually mentioned that the Inuit had four different words for snow. With each succeeding reference in textbooks and the popular press the number has grown.

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