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Do Eskimos really have 100 words for snow?


No. That's an exaggeration, also known as stretching the truth a little.

The different languages spoken by the indigenous peoples of Alaska and Canada might have anywhere from 2 to about 15 different words for snow.

English has many different snow words as well, such as: slush, sleet, hoar, floe, icicle, powder, rime, avalanche and blizzard (just to name a few). Here is an article from a linguistics professor at Princeton University counting the 15 "lexemes" for snow that he found in the Alaskan Yupik language.

Learn more Snow Vocabulary from the National Snow and Ice Data Center.