Thursday, 12 December 2013


Mental Floss shares a pretty keen list of winter-weather weather phenomena, not only for the stages of frost and snow— hoarfrost (Reif) and hard rime and thunder- snow—but also for optical effects created by nippy air, like a gloriole—from the term for a halo, an ice rainbow. The word snowclone (not a snow-cyclone) has come to mean some hackneyed phrase, a widely-employed saying, like aqua is the new black this season, a template, referring originally to widely-accepted—though probably linguistically incorrect, believe that the Eskimaux have dozens upon dozens words for snow and therefore... English has a plenitude of different and highly specific words for the weather and state of water, as well.