A Word for Robins

From “Will Climate Get Some Respect Now?,” Nicholas Kristof, NYT:

“I was schooled in the far-reaching changes underway several years ago by Eskimos in Alaska, who told me of their amazement at seeing changes in their Arctic village — from melting permafrost to robins (for which their Inupiat language has no word), and even a (shivering) porcupine.  If we can’t see that something extraordinary is going on in the world around us, we’re in trouble.”

3 comments on “A Word for Robins

  1. Roni Jordan says:

    Just as there is no Inuit word for ‘robins’, there is no Republican word for “character.”

  2. Kristof’s observation is eloquently stated. Thanks for the post.

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