I first heard that the Inuits had a cornocupia of words to describe snow; and then I heard that they had just the usual number.
Both of these cannot be true. One must be a myth. Which one?
The first possibly a well-intentioned anthropological effort to describe the indigenous inuits, the 'primitive' inuits as not that primitive.
The second a civilised retort or perhaps a lazy one to put pesky anthropologists in their place.
Is it possible to determine which angle is the correct-one?
Most people have heard of numbers, many can name most of them; but because numbers are the 'environment' of mathematicians, most mathematicians can name many more number systems than just the ones we ate ordinarily acquainted with: monoids, semigroups, groups, magmas, rings, modules, fields, posets, prosets, lattices and so on.
Given this, it would appear that the first angle is correct.
Is this reasoning faulty?