The reason why the snowman is abominable, is because of a mistranslation by a journalist. The local name for the creature was “metoh-kangmi” which translates to “man-bear snow-man”, but the metoh part was mistranslated as filthy which got later changed to abominable.

Yeti

“Abominable Snowman” redirects here. For other uses, see Abominable Snowman (disambiguation). For other uses of Yeti, see Yeti (disambiguation).

In Himalayan folklore, the Yeti (/ˈjɛti/) is a monstrous creature. The entity would later come to be referred to as the Abominable Snowman in western popular culture. The names Yeti and Meh-Teh are commonly used by the people indigenous to the region, and are part of their folk beliefs. Stories of the Yeti first emerged as a facet of Western popular culture in the 19th century. The scientific community has generally regarded the Yeti as the result of a complex of intricate folk beliefs rather than a large, ape-like creature.

Etymology and alternative names

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  1. luxtabula

    Abominable sounds badass though. Like a Marvel Supervillain. Beware the Abominable Snowman.

  2. nerbovig

    half man, half bear, half snow, half man!

  3. kunashni

    First victim of the “me toh” movement.

  4. Starkheiser

    50% man, 25% bear, 25% snow.

  5. nakedwithoutmyhoodie

    So you’re saying that Looney Tunes had it right this whole time?!

  6. tyrannosaurus_reznor

    Half man, half bear, half snowman

  7. 7788445511220011

    Looks like a dirty marshmallow with fangs.

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