Over a coffee yesterday an old comrade of Tommy Sheridan was telling me about how myth becomes reality. We spoke about what we'd been watching and reading and when I spoke about Smilla he nodded sagely and repeated the myth that the Greenlanders have 30-40 words for snow. I don't actually know many words there are in the Greenlandic language for 'snow' or 'ice' but it doesn't matter. What matters is that 'they' are lexical extremists whereas 'we' English speakers only have 'snow' or 'ice, except for:
bed of snow,
a dusting of snow,
flurry of snow,
rocks (in a drink),
and the ice you get in a freezer which I don't know the name of but isn't like an ice cube
By my reckoning that makes 53 in total but if anybody ever reads this and knows more please get in touch.