Fifty Words For Snow

Cynthia Reyes

It’s said that Inuit people have between 20 and 50 words for snow. 

Some say there are even 100.

Blog Photo - Trees and snow 2

Well, we in the rest of Canada have 50 words for snow and cold right now.

But they’re not printable.

Don's Studio - Photo by D. Corbett Photo by D. Corbett

How many kinds of cold can there possibly be?

My friend from Manitoba says theirs is “a dry cold” whereas our Ontario cold is damp because we have so many large lakes – and the damp cold goes ‘straight to the bone’.

Blog Photo - Arbor in Winter

Huh?  On a day like today, there could be 50 kinds of cold and it would make no difference to me.

Cold is COLD in Canada.

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Blog Photo - Snowed IN

The saddest story to come out of the extreme cold weather this winter is about a 3-year old Toronto boy – Elijah — who wandered out into the cold at night and froze to death yesterday morning.

The…

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