Episode 4: Synonyms

Choosing the right word is more than a matter of looking up synonyms. In this episode Paul Brians talks about word choice, with a smattering of etymology and linguistic discussion of “snow words” thrown in.

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Links:
Sapir-Whorf hypothesis

“Eskimo Words for Snow”: A Case Study in the Genesis and Decay of an Anthropological Example, by Laura Martin (also see Bad science reporting again: the Eskimos are back, by Geoffrey K. Pullum).

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