'Avalanche' Has 200-Year Word History
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"SNOW JOB?: 'Avalanche' Has 200-Year Word History
BY BRIAN MAFFLY
THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
BIG SKY, Mont. -- A fruitful
place to start a cultural study of natural phenomena
is the Oxford English Dictionary. That is where
Bernard Mergen launched his exploration into
Americans' literary relationship with avalanches after
being invited to address a recent workshop on snow
science at this Montana ski community. Mergen, a
professor of American studies at George Washington
University, learned the earliest appearances of the
word "avalanche" in English occurred more than two
centuries ago by tourists who used French and Italian
words to describe the billowing cascades of snow they
witnessed while crossing the Alps. ...."
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