Month: August 2017

Danish words for snow

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According to Laura Martin, Franz Boas may have been the first to point to the relative richness of Eskimo words for snow: “Eskimo Words for Snow”: A Case Study in the Genesis and Decay of an Anthropological Example. American Anthropologist, 88(2):418. Boas listed aput, qana, piqsirpoz, and qimuqsuq. English may have snow, hail, sleet, ice, icicle, slush, and snowflake as listed on the English Wikipedia on Eskimo words for snow. There seems to be more than that, e.g., firn. Danish is not (as) polysynthetic as Eskimo, but it has lots of compounds, which make it possible to create a good number of words for snow. Most of these words derive from sne and is.

Update 2017-09-13: Added skosse.

Update 2019-06-28: Added sneslud.

Word Translation Explanation
bræ large mass of ice
bundis ice at the bottom of the ocean/sea
drivis ice floating on the water, either “havis” og “søis”
firn firn snow older than a year
flodis ice from a river
fnug snowflake
frostsne snow below freezing, as oppose to tøsne
fygesne drifting snow
gletsjer/gletscher glacier
gletscheris ice in/from a glacier
grå is first stage of “ungis”, according to DMI
gråhvid is second state of “ungis”, according to DMI
hagl hail precipitate with small pellets of ice
haglkorn hailstone small pellet of ice
iglo/igloo  iglo
havis sea ice ice in the ocean/sea
indlandsis Indlandsisen is the big “iskappe” in Greenland
is ice frozen water that is (usually) transparent
isbarriere the edge of an “isshelf”, according to DMI
isblok block of ice
isflade sheet of ice
isflage floe
isfront the edge og a “isshelf”
isfod ice frozen to the coast or (second meaning) the ice below the water
iskalot ice-covered area near the poles
iskant the edge of a floe
iskappe ice cap very large connected mass of snow, e.g., the one in Greenland
iskorn see also “kornsne”
isbræ large mass of ice, the same as “bræ”
islag layer of ice, not the same as “isslag”
isrand the edge og a floe
isshelf floating gletcher
isskorpe layer of ice on top of water or snow
isskruning ice pack
isslag glaze, black ice, freezing rain raindrops below freezing that becomes ice when hitting the ground or structure
isstykke a piece of ice
istap  icicle
isterning ice cube
isvand ice water water with ice in it, usually for drinking
julesne  Christmas snow snow falling or lying during Christmas
kunstsne  artificial snow snow artificially made
lavine avalanche
nysne snow recently falling, as opposed to firn
pakis “drivis” with a high concentration, according to DMI
polaris sea ice that have survived at least one summer meting
puddersne powder snow light snow
rim hard rime “white ice that forms when the water droplets in fog freeze to the outer surfaces of objects.” according to English Wikipedia
sjap slush
sjapis slush ice
slud sleet a mixture of rain and falling snow
sne snow used about falling snow and snow on the ground
snebold snowball snow formed as a ball, of used to through in a snowball fight
snebunke  pile of snow
snebyge snow shower
snedrive snowdrift
snedrys small amount of precipitation of snow
snedække layer/cover of snow
snefnug snowflake
snefog snowdrift
snefygning snow in strong wind
snehule snow formed as a cave for fun or survival, see also “igloo”
snehytte more or less the same as an “iglo”
snekorn snow grain
snelag layer of snow
snemand snowman snow formed as a sculpture of a human
snemark field of snow
snemasse mass of snow
snesjap slush
sneskred avalanche snow falling down a slope
sneslud snow sleet
snestorm snowstorm
snevejr snow weather with falling snow
tyndis thine ice
søis “lake ice”
tøris (“tøris” is usually “dry ice”)
tøsne melting snow snow that is melting
ungis Sea ice between “tyndis” and “vinteris”, according to DMI

Some information about Scholia

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Scholia is mostly a web service developed from GitHub at in an open source fashion. It was inspired by discussions at the WikiCite 2016 meeting in Berlin. Anyone can contribute as long as their contribution is under GPL.

I started to write the Scholia code back in October 2016 according to the initial commit at Since then particularly Daniel Mietchen and Egon Willighagen have joined in and Egon has lately be quite active.

Users can download the code and run the web service from their own computer if they have a Python Flask development environment. Otherwise the canonical web site for Scholia is which anyone with an Internet connection should be able to view.

So what does Scholia do? The initial “application” was a “static” web page with a researcher profile/CV of myself based on data extracted from Wikidata. It is still available from: I added a static page for my research section, DTU Cognitive Systems, showing scientific page production and a coauthor graph. This is available here:

The Scholia web application was an extension of these initial static pages so a profile page for any researcher or any organization could be made on the fly. And now it is no longer just authors and organizations where there is a profile page, but also works, venues (journals or proceedings), series, publishers, sponsors (funders) and awards. We have also “topics” and individual pages showing specialized information about chemicals, proteins, diseases and biological pathways. A rudimentary search interface is implemented.

The content of the web pages of Scholia with plots and tables are made from queries to the Wikidata Query Service, – the extended SPARQL endpoint provided by the Wikimedia Foundation. We also pull in text from the introduction of the articles in the English Wikipedia. We modify the table output of the Wikidata Query Service so individual items displayed in table cells link back to other items in Scholia.

Egon Willighagen, Daniel Mietchen and I have described Scholia and Wikidata for scientometrics in the 16-pages workshop paper “Scholia and scientometrics with Wikidata” The screenshots shown in the paper has been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. These and other Scholia media files are available in category page

Working with Scholia has been a great way to explore what is possible with SPARQL and Wikidata. One plot that I like is the “Co-author-normalized citations per year” plot on the organization pages. There is an example on this page: Here the citations to works authored by authors affiliated with the organization in question are counted and organized in a colored bar chart with respect to year of publication, – and normalized for the number of coauthors. The colored bar charts have been inspired by the “LEGOLAS” plots of Shubhanshu Mishra and Vetle Torvik.

Part of the Python Scholia code will also work as a command-line script for reference management in the LaTeX/BIBTeX environment using Wikidata as the backend. I have used this Scholia scheme for a couple of scientific papers I have written in 2017. The particular script is currently not well developed, so users would need to be indulgent.

Scholia relies on users adding bibliographic data to Wikidata. Tools from Magnus Manske are a great help as are Fatameh of “T Arrow” and “Tobias1984” and the WikidataIntegrator of the GeneWiki people. Daniel Mietchen, James Hare and a user called “GZWDer” have been very active adding much of the science bibligraphic information and we are now past 2.3 million scientific articles on Wikidata. You can count them with this link: