Many Ways to Say One Thing
It's said that you can tell much about a culture by its vocabulary. When people greet each other in China, they say, "Have you eaten?" In Tibet they say, "May you have healthy feet." In Israel they say, "Peace." In Finland they say, "Are you warm?" In the US they say, "How are you?" (the US spends 1/7 of its GNP on health care) and "Drive carefully."
The importance of a concept in a culture is indicated by the number of ways of expressing itoften with different shades of meaning. What can be concluded from the following lists?
|79 Eskimo words for Snow and Ice|