Thursday, 2 January 2014

Dialect words for the Weather

Happy new year to all of you!

The weather is always a talking point for the British it seems, and we haven’t had a shortage of things to talk about recently. But whereas words such as ‘rain’, ‘sun’, ‘hot’ and ‘windy’ are universal and perhaps quite boring, there are also some interesting regional words which are used to describe the weather. So I thought I would write a blog post about some of these.
You may hear a Scot or an American talk about the weather being ‘airish’ which means cool, fresh,  and breezy.

You may also hear a Scot use ‘dreich’ meaning the weather is bleak or dreary.
A pretty sounding word is ‘letty’. In Somerset it is used when the weather makes outdoor work difficult, probably due to the rain.

‘Maumy’ describes humid weather and is used mainly around the Scottish-English border.
I love ‘mizzle’ to describe drizzle (‘it’s mizzly today’).

Scottish and Irish-English has introduced ‘mochy’ which describes weather that’s damp, misty and muggy.
Some of my tweeters who live in or around Lincoln may have heard of ‘mothery’ which describes damp and drizzly weather.

And finally ‘smirr’ which is also a Scottish dialect word which means drizzle or fine rain.
Maybe you have dialect words for the weather of your own?

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