From: Chris Taylor (email@example.com)
Date: Tue 11 Apr 2006 - 16:12:20 GMT
So living a (teeny tiny) bit like the Innuit (i.e. surrounded by
snow a lot) drives you to expand your snow-related vocab...
Does mental swamping by an aspect of life always predispose us
to subdivide? In this case I suppose long exposure makes for
greater opportunities to observe and subclassify, and a more
prolonged favourable environment for such words to demonstrate
their fitness. I know what you mean by powdery snow and may even
have used the phrase, but I'm not sure I have an equivalent to
Cities make people eh...
Douglas Brooker wrote:
> Keith Henson wrote:
>> At 04:51 AM 4/11/2006 +0200, you wrote:
>>> A ball of snow rolling down hill and picking up more and more snow is
>>> not different from a typical avalanche.
>> Actually, I think it is. It takes rather special conditions where the
>> snow is close to the melting point to result in this kind of "pick up
>> more snow as it rolls" behavior. I can think of only a few times I
>> have seen it.
> in Canada as kids we'd call it 'packing snow', i.e. it made good snow
> balls. other snow is dusty and dry, the stuff of snow drifts, perhaps
> a competing model.
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