On the BBC website today, there is an article (above) about why we don't have 50 words for rain (in comparison to the false impression that the Inuit have 50 words for snow). It lists some region forms of expression. However, I beg to differ with the opinion offered, I'm sure we're not far off.
Drizzle - unlike the author of the article, I think this is very much officially recognised (by the British public, at least). Spitting. "That stuff that makes you wet" - one of the most common forms this 'Summer'. Raining - a very distint form of rain which is none of the other terms. Sousing down. Raining cats and dogs. Battering down.
What terms for rain would you like to add to the list?
(Apologies to our cousins across The Pond who are suffering through a heatwave at present.)
Squaly showers, never understood that one.
Siling down was what my Geordie grandma used to say.
'That fine rain that gets you really wet'
The Heavens have opened up.
Pissing it down.
Mizzle...the kind of fine rain that hangs in the air and you get wet through from it and it makes everything look hazy...cant bear it
One from London : Fu**in' bucketin' down
from Scotland: "wet rain" = rain that is partially in drops, partially in a small spraying & swirling mist that gets under your umbrella and... well... just makes you wet through and through.
I love the Scots expression "dreich": it means wet and grey and just generally miserable... a perfect example of onomatopoeia.
In the Bahamas they're more optimistic... they call rain "liquid sunshine" :-)
"Absolutely *issing down'
and so on.
Sprinkle, spritz, torrent, monsoon, downpour, snizzle.
That last one is a combo of light rain and sleet; another onomatopoeia. :)
From San Francisco: "That's not rain. It's just heavy mist."
stop calling me "OLD FART" or I will report you to VT!!
HA! wish I could be 60 again and know what I know now!
Belated best wishes for a great year!
hmmmm, sorry guys!!
somehow my reply above got posted onto the wrong thread.....it was supposed to be in reply to RICKY's posting about him now being a 'Fossil' and bearing down on 'OLD FART'!!
have NO idea how it happened.
Old farts in the rain thread - that's incontinence
Liquid sunshine is a normal bit of rain in British Columbia... so when they refer to it truly as "RAIN" you know they've had too much!
Scotch mist is that drizzle that is grey and wet and you might as well live with it because you either stay inside all the time, or go out dressed for it.
Torrential is when you can't see through the windshield of your car, with the wipers going full-tilt.... or you know it doesn't matter how close the next door way is, you're going to be a sodden mess!
Raining cats and dogs
Dreich (oh yes Jess, how I hate that stuff)
Sitting in a cloud
Tropical rainfall (had that on Saturday but without the heat)
Soft refreshing rain (the kind you get in summer which revives the crops after a hot day.... HAH summer?)
Raindrops the size of pennies (old ones)
Chucking it down
P**ssing it down
All this is just strengthening my resolve to move to a sunnier place....bleh.
My father used to say that the rain was coming down so fast it was going up.
As I write this, it is pelting down.
Has anyone mentioned precipitation?
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