One of the most amazing human traits, that separates us from all other living creatures, is our incredible capacity to develop language. We make audible sounds that communicate our thoughts. And as if that is not enough, we have even developed ways to write those words down. Recording our current thoughts for the future generations to ruminate, and ponder. Quite amazing, don’t you think?

English was one class that I hated in school. I was never good at it, and struggled to get a C in every English class I was ever in. I actually learned more about English, when I was studying koine Greek, than I ever learned in an English class. Koine Greek is the language of the New Testament. It is also the language of the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament, known as the Septuagint. The Septuagint got its name from the 70 Hebrew priests who translated the Hebrew to Greek, about 300 years before Christ.

There are over 7,000 languages worldwide. Cambodian has the longest alphabet with 74 characters. The Bible is the most translated book, followed closely by Pinocchio. Alpha, and Beta, are the first two letters in the Greek Alphabet. 2,400 of the world’s languages are near extinction.  English contains the world’s most words with over 250,000. The Papuan language of Rotokas only has 11 words in its alphabet.   

Hawaiians have over 200 words for rain.  The Inuit are rumored to have over 50 words for snow. That may seem like a lot until you realize that we have nearly as many in English, that refer to the snowflake’s shape, and to describe complicated formations made by the wind.  Here is a list of some: Barchan, Blizzard, Corn Snow, Cornice, Column, Crust, Dendrite, Finger Drift, Firn, Flurry, Graupel, Ground Blizzard, Hoar Frost, Hominy Snow, Lake-Effect Snow, Needle, New Snow, Old Snow, Penitents, Perennial, Pillow Drift, Polycrystal, Powder, Rimmed Snow, Roller, Sastrugi, Seasonal Snow, Sleet, Slush, Snow Bridge, Snowdrift, Snow Squall, Snow Burst, Snowflake, Snowpack, Snowstorm, Sun Cups, and Number 40 Whiteout. 

By the way, I don’t miss any of that snow since moving to Florida.

God bless you all -- RHM