We can define some things in so many ways, and use one of many words to let others know what we are talking about. And often, each of those options are so beautiful that we are never starved for choices. For me, one of those things with many beautiful synonyms to say it is beautiful, yes, the term “beautiful” itself. Someone can be beautiful or pretty; stunning or ravishing; drop-dead gorgeous or cute; lovely or comely; and so many more …..
Isn’t it wonderful that even a single language offers us so many options for one thing? That said, before I go on to talk about the featured book of the day, I need to do my part to debunk (using various sources, of course) the claim that the Inuit people have 50 words for snow. Read more about how this claim became so widespread and the truth behind it here on Babbel or here on Wikipedia (a couple of those sources I mentioned earlier).
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The Books About Many Words
Fifty Words for Snow
Title: Fifty Words for Snow
Author: Nancy Campbell
Publishers: Elliott & Thompson (01 Nov 2021)
Genre: Nonfiction (Adult) | Outdoors & Nature
Source: NetGalley digital review copy
Snow. Every language has its own words for the magical, mesmerising flakes that fall from the sky. In this exquisite exploration, writer and Arctic traveller Nancy Campbell digs deep into the meanings of fifty words for snow.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the digital review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
This is a wonderful medley of writings; of myths and legends, and across time and region; of fantastical folklore and fascinating facts; and of the sweetest stories and the harshest truths. A succinct yet somehow satisfyingly complete single paragraph accompanies some of the fifty words while others tell longer stories or talk about climate related topics with a little more detail.
Campbell provides readers a captivating peek into cultures and languages around the world through these stories connected by snow.
As for me, I am thrilled I learned so many cool facts, discovered languages I hadn’t heard of before, indulged in delightful stories from around the world, and will be able to read it all over again!
Wonderful Words of the Day
From today’s featured book
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight others that you love. Feel free to get creative!! Elza at Elza Reads now hosts it (taken over from Kathy at Bermuda Onion).