One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural Abominable Snowmen
A large hairy creature resembling a human or bear, said to live in the highest part of the Himalayas.Also called yeti
- ‘When flying, we wore heavy wool-lined flying gear, and Bernie looked like the Abominable Snowman when suited up.’
- ‘The Himalaya has its Abominable Snowman, or the Yeti.’
- ‘A Japanese expedition equipped with infrared cameras will scour the Nepali Himalayas in search of the legendary Yeti, or Abominable Snowman.’
- ‘Three years ago at Muirfield, in third-round conditions better suited to the Abominable Snowman than tournament golf, Woods shot himself out of contention with an 81.’
- ‘Their logo is the famous footprint of the Abominable Snowman, not a figure commonly associated with tropical Calicut, but symbolic both of the leap of imagination they have undertaken and the ‘barefoot’ nature of their enterprise.’
1920s: apparently a mistranslation of an alleged Tibetan name by a journalist interviewing members of a 1921 expedition to Mount Everest; the journalist reported the name as Tibetan metoh kangmi ‘filthy snowman’, whereas the first element was probably a combination of mi ‘person’ and dom ‘black bear’.
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