Thursday, December 25, 2008
Teenagers have zero words for "clean up"
Apocryphally, Eskimos have 27 [37, a gazillion] words for different kinds of snow, and this is supposed to underlie the categories they habitually perceive. This is called the Worfian hypothesis, and it underlies what linguists habitually perceive. Mark Liberman, no habitual perceiver, says this cartoon shows reverse Whorfianism . . .
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