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> Snow, Can you add to 421?
post 23rd Sep 2015, 12:43pm
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I didn't know that we had so many words for snow. Did you? Which ones do you use?
(Polite ones please! smile.gif )

"Scotland has more than 400 words for snow - more than even the Inuit, according to researchers.

Academics have been collecting the words used by Scots in place of "snow" and have officially recorded 421 terms, including "flindrikin" and "snaw-pouther".

Other words include "sneesi", which means to begin to rain or snow, "skelf" - a large snowflake - and "spitters", which means small drops or flakes of wind-driven rain or snow.

The University of Glasgow study will see the words included in a new Scots thesaurus, including every word in the language from earliest records to the current day.

Dr Susan Rennie, lecturer in English and Scots language at the university, said: "Weather has been a vital part of people's lives in Scotland for centuries.

"The number and variety of words in the language show how important it was for our ancestors to communicate about the weather, which could so easily affect their livelihoods."

She appealed to members of the public to tell researchers about any words for sports or weather that they thought should be included in the thesaurus, adding: "We also welcome photographs, which can be uploaded on our website."
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