Snow Words for Scots

Snow Words for Scots


Scots have 421 words for snow.


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Academics have officially logged 421 terms including like "snaw" (snow), "sneesl" (to begin to rain or snow) and "skelf" (a large snowflake).

Other Scots examples include feefle (to swirl), flindrikin (a slight snow shower), snaw-pouther (fine driving snow).

Dr Susan Rennie, lecturer in English and Scots Language at the university, said: "Weather has been a vital part of people's lives in Scotland for centuries. The number and variety of words in the language show how important it was for our ancestors to communicate about the weather, which could so easily affect their livelihoods.''


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