Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Is it true Eskimos have hundreds of different words for snow?

Not really, although there is a grain of truth in this belief.

Most Eskimos use the Inuit language, which has many words to describe snow, but they all come from four basic words: aput (snow on the ground), gana (falling snow), piqsirpoq (drifting snow) and qimuqsuq (a snow drift).

In Eskimo dictionaries, there are about 24 entries describing snow, which is a lot, but nowhere near hundreds.

In fact, in English there are over 30 snow-related words and the English language has a greater number of words than any other language in the world.

Is it true that you're more likely to be hit by a bus on the way to buy a Lottery ticket than you are to hit the jackpot?

Yes. For every 100 million vehicle kilometres driven, buses and coaches hit 37 people, according to the Department of Transport.

If, on the way to buy a lottery ticket, you traversed a kilometre of bus-infested road, and assuming that everyone has an equal chance of being run over, you've got about a 1 in 3 million chance of being hit. …

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