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The Antarctic dictionary

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 06, 2010

The world’s most isolated continent has spawned some of the most unusual words in the English language. In the space of a mere century, a remarkable vocabulary has evolved to deal with the extraordinary environment and living organisms of the Antarctic and subantarctic.

The first entry in the dictionary is “aaaa, aaaaah, aaahh See ahhh”. The entry for “ahhh” reads:

‘Halt’, a sledge dog command, usually softly called

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