Eskimo Words for Snow

It is a fact universally acknowledged that Eskimos, sometimes called Inuit, have a large number of words for snow. Not since 1921, however, have these words been carefully examined, updated and collated. We are now pleased to list the 47 Eskimo words for snow, as collected over the course of the past three years…

eskimo words for snow

There are many Eskimo words for snow. Most Eskimos hate snow because it is cold and boring (photo © Jeremy Burgin, flickr.com)

The 47 Eskimo Words for Snow

qanik snow in the air
aput snow on the ground
fukpa’d snow that is of an ideal consistency for procreation, being of a perfect consistency for comfortable fornication and not so cold that your balls could stick
tla’papap surprisingly large snowflakes that make a sound upon landing
likipap snow used for making fruit-flavored snow treats
tipip dull, annoying snow
kipip depressing snow
blosh’k snow that has been stained by polar bear ejaculate
blosh’puk snow that has been mixed with whale goo, forming an incredibly solid and slippery puck (the puck itself is called a blosh’puk’apuk; it is used in games of Eskimo hockey, which take place over many miles of open ice and typically last for days with no discernible point or reason; most of the players get lost and die from exposure)
pisspaq yellow, foul-smelling snow that should not be eaten
klee’eep! unknown snow, or a type of snow that has not yet been named (typically inducing mild panic followed by concerned pointing)
waquit a naturally formed ball of snow used to facilitate the act of self-pleasure among male Eskimos of all ages (but more so among teens)
wiliwip snow used for making recreational snowballs
kiliwip snow used for making lethal snowballs
tagqug snow that is coveted or secretly desired, which does not belong to the person eyeing the snow
miaput literally “my snow on the ground” (a word often used during territorial disputes, particularly when building igloos on what may be someone else’s land)
br’r’r’put unnaturally cold snow
qipipup a body of snow in the shape of an object
kripiqup a body of snow in the shape of an animal
silipip a body of snow in the shape of something mildly humorous or rude (such as tits or buttocks)
talpuk snow that reminds the observer of snow seen many years ago, typically during childhood
ghup’kik snow that reminds the observer of snow seen in a dream
nap’pap snow seen in a dream
wikipedap snow that holds a wealth of information, some of it poorly sourced
na’pantipop snow that settles upon the lap of a kayaking Eskimo, either melting or freezing the rower’s balls to his seat
cak’blok snow that has frozen around a pile of old caribou shit
cak’shlop snow that slowly melts upon a pile of freshly steaming caribou shit
ba’qamutik the best type of snow for dogsled races, joyriding and quick getaways
tah’qimmiq snow that husky dogs are attracted to for no obvious reason
boo’boo’naqinaq a special type of snow that only falls upon sad Eskimo women
miq snow given as a gift to the mother of an Eskimo girl after the successful arrangement of the girl’s marriage to a man she may or may not know
puk’punk vandalized snow, normally defaced by graffiti
ooo’pip snow that reflects the Aurora Borealis
ipi’angakkuq snow the local shaman has declared to be evil or cursed
syizzle acid snow
blip’aput snow that is less than one foot deep
well’aput snow that is more than one foot deep but not deep enough to reach the chin
woppa’aput fucking deep snow
mega’aput implausibly deep snow that reaches almost mythological proportions (some Eskimo’s define mega’aput as being “eight whales deep”)
chiki’piqsirpoq light snow that drifts along the ground and rises up beneath the skirts of Eskimo women, causing them to giggle or blush
bloq’fuk heavy snow that seriously screws up an Eskimo’s TV signal, making him miss his favorite reality TV show or sports broadcast
miliplip incredibly fine snow that falls from the sky and tickles the face, often causing a sneezing fit
blab’gob snow shoved into the mouth of a person who simply won’t stop talking
luna’aput snow that falls directly from the surface of the moon
wackdi’whoawhip a special type of snow used as a filter in Eskimo whale-cock bongs
neep whimsical, poetic or fairytale snow
snow’aput foreign snow, or snow thrown at tourists

The 47 Eskimo words for snow listed above are the result of extensive research carried out over a number of years. While we believe the list to be almost complete, we do accept that other Eskimo words for snow may exist. If you know of any such words, please list them in the comments section below. Thank you very much.

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