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Many Words For One Thing: So Many Beautiful Choices

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

Book Info

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.

A book that is perfect to dip into anytime you feel like it; and made even more perfect with a cup of hot cocoa (no matter the weather!)

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!

Get It Here: Amazon | Book Depository

Wonderful Words of the Day

From today’s featured book

  • smoor(v): to perish in a snowdrift (Scots origin)
  • suncup(n): hollows in melting snow surfaces

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).

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Dear reader, have you read any of the listed books? Or any similar recommendations for me? I would love to hear from you. What is a new or favorite word you would love to share today?

9 thoughts on “Many Words For One Thing: So Many Beautiful Choices

  1. Have you read The Dictionary of Lost Words? After reading this post of yours, I think you will love that book.

    Thanks so much for joining Wondrous Words Wednesday! I hope to see you again on the first Wednesday of March. I will have a link-up for us again.

    Have a good week ahead and happy reading!

    Elza Reads

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