Word of the Day: quinzee.

A quinzhee or quinzee is a shelter made by hollowing out a pile of settled snow. This is in contrast to an igloo, which is made from blocks of hard snow. The word is of Athabaskan origin, and entered the English language by 1984.

I can haz dis quinzee nao plz.

quinzee1quinzee2quinzee3Yes.

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Iris Vander Pluym is an artist and activist in NYC (West Village), and an unapologetic, godless, feminist lefty. Raised to believe Nice Girls™ do not discuss politics, sex or religion, it turns out those are pretty much the only topics she ever wants to talk about.

6 thoughts on “Word of the Day: quinzee.

  1. And weird as it sounds, if you close off the doorway with a blanket or something, they can get reasonably warm fairly quickly. People put out a fair bit of heat, as do lightbulbs in numbers. Not enough to soften the snow much, but enough to sit in a long-sleeved shirt instead of a parka. We used to do these on winter survival training in the Canadian Forces.

  2. Friends of mine stayed at an ice hotel—said it was an interesting experience. There was a lot of training on check-in re: how not to freeze yourself to death sleeping on an ice bed. That adventure holds no charm for me (though the bar looked pretty awesome).

    CaitieCat, “winter survival training in the Canadian Forces”? I mean, I know you’re a badass, but Jeezus Christ.

    • LOL – yeah, it’s part of the program, everyone has to do it in the CF. It’s just common sense, really, given that we have just the two seasons, “Winter” and “June 25th”. ;)

      It’s useful, though, I’ll give them that. I know lots of useful things about how not to freeze to death, and how not to starve to death, and how not to get eaten to death by a wolf or a bear, and how not to get avalanche-crushed to death, and…actually, it’s all pretty much one big “How Not To Die” thing.

  3. Ooh! Ooh! I know about these things:

    how not to freeze to death, and how not to starve to death, and how not to get eaten to death by a wolf or a bear, and how not to get avalanche-crushed to death, and…actually, it’s all pretty much one big “How Not To Die” thing.

    Move to Costa Rica. :D

    • I’ve no interest in staying in a hotel made of ice or snow either. Never been adventurous in experiencing non traditional accommodations when traveling. My idea of stepping out of my comfort zone is a Hilton or Marriott versus a Four Seasons, but that’s me. I know people who regularly fly to Napa just to sit in a tub filled with mud – MUD! And when finished, they step out and are rinsed off by a firehose. There’s someone for everything I guess.

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