[LMB] Gene cleaning in real life

Sylvia McIvers sylviamcivers at gmail.com
Wed Nov 15 15:44:45 GMT 2017


On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 10:28 PM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:

>
> I gather that rainforest dwellers tend not to have a word for "tree" -
> because it's not a useful abstraction, when your life can depend on
> knowing tree-with-good-fruit from tree-with-poison-berries or
> tree-with-useful-fibres.
> --


And "words for snow" that don't include the generic "snow"...  because even
in the city we want to know if it is coming down as a blizzard or flurries
or sheets, and are we stepping on hardpack, slush, thin ice, black ice...


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