Eskimo(s) have (some amount of) words for snow

Eskimo(s) have (some amount of) words for snow

cliché Used in humorous conjunction with a fact or speculation that some group of people has an inordinate number of ways to name, describe, or talk about some specific thing or topic. Derived from the popular but erroneous belief that the Yupik and Inuit languages of the indigenous peoples of the northern circumpolar region (commonly described collectively as "Eskimo" or "Eskimos") contain an unusually large number of words to name or describe snow. The use of the term "Eskimo" by non-indigenous speakers may be considered offensive. If Eskimos have 100 words for snow, Americans have as many words for money. Eskimo may have dozens of words for snow, but the hipsters in this city have just as many for coffee.
See also: amount, have, snow, word
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