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Word for the Travel Wise (08/05/06)
Today's word is a Greenlandic (Kalaallisut) word used in Greenland:
mattak - whale blubber
Greenlandic also known as Kalaallisut language is spoken by 54,000 people and is closely related to Canadian Inukitut. In my own opinion I'd say most words are dizzying and longer than the length of the country itself, but that is just me. You can visit the Greenland Language Council online, but their site is in full Greendlandic so without any prior skill you won't get too far. Wiki and Ethnologue report, both have great background info and lastly there is this Greendlandic for Travelers (silly Engleeshes) to check out. I didn't get it, but maybe you will.