The Eskimos, I'm told, have seventeen different words for shades of white. This is even more than there are in my imagination.
from DV by Diana Vreeland (italic hers), which I am enjoying more than I even thought possible. The only problem is that I can't read too much at once or else I start to talk like DV herself, and frankly, even she had trouble pulling that off at times!
Everyone who still believes that the Eskimos have X words for snow should go read right now. Or check out Geoff Pullum's Language Log postings and