The occasional ramblings of a freelance lexicographer

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Lots of snow

A Facebook post by a friend this week piqued my lexicographic interest. She was feeling the lack of a verb to describe that fact that it was snowing a lot. We have plenty of rainy verbs as I've discussed before: pouring, tipping down, etc., but nothing very descriptive when it comes to snow. There are a few alternate nouns: a blizzard has to involve wind, flurries of snow are brief, a white-out sounds good and weathermen seem to keep talking about dumps of snow, although that errs towards the result rather than the process. But we don't seem to have a good verb: It's really ****ing out there. Perhaps if this weather continues much longer, we'll have to come up with one. Any suggestions from any Canadians out there?

Bristol harbour frozen over

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