The Great Eskimo Hoax
Once a fact is accepted as interesting, it is almost impossible to change the public’s
A thousand of books have been published on commonly- believed ‘‘facts’’ , but it is non-
The myth created over the years is that eskimos have a lots of words for ‘‘snow’’.
According to Laura Martin, the theory is false. Misinformation carried around pushed a
linguist, Whorf to carry the false information in an article.
Martin fought to kill the myth, but it is impossible to change everyone’s mind, on a false
fact generally accepted as interesting.
It started from an example in an article describing the difference between the english
language, which uses root words, such as snow; to form other words, such as falling
snow etc. A comparison to eskimo language was made to show that they don’t u