Scots language found to have 421 words for snow

THE inuits may have 50 words for snow, but for anyone who has endured recent winters it should come as no surprise that the Scots have even more.

Academics cataloguing a definitive thesaurus of the Scots tongue have identified no fewer than 421 terms used to describe wintry conditions.

From the most obvious words, such as “snaw”, through to unusual descriptions such as “spitters”, which means small drops or flakes of snow in a wind-driven rain, the growing archive confirms the country’s obsession with the weather.

The researchers at the University of Glasgow said that the array of different words demonstrated how important it was for previous generations to warn one another about potentially hazardous conditions.

Read more: The Scotsman

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