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Lapidary Prose from Barry Lopez

Barry Lopez was the author of Arctic Dreams (Bookshop|Amazon),winner of the National Book Award, and the editor, along with his wife Debra Gwartney, of Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape (Bookshop|Amazon). In the introduction to his...

Words in English from Native Languages

Craig, a whale biologist in Alaska, wonders how many words have been adopted into English from such languages as Inuit, Yupik, Tlingit and Inupiaq. Indigenous languages in the far North have contributed mukluk, malamute, kayak, and parka. The word...

Polar Words

A conversation with a leading expert on polar bears has Martha thinking about several bear-related words, including the term arctic and the feminine name Ursula. This is part of a complete episode.

burnable snow

burnable snow  n.— «The country’s administration has recently prepared the report to the Congress on the new natural gas discovery. The USA plans to extract gas from the so-called gas hydrates, which are in abundance in the Arctic region...

grolar bear

grolar bear  n.— «DNA analysis has confirmed that a bear shot in the Canadian Arctic last month is a half-polar bear, half-grizzly hybrid.…Stirling says the hybrid has no official name, though locals have taken to calling it a...

pizzly

pizzly  n.— «DNA analysis has confirmed that a bear shot in the Canadian Arctic last month is a half-polar bear, half-grizzly hybrid.…Stirling says the hybrid has no official name, though locals have taken to calling it a...

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