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August 24, 2006

Cats and Dogs

It rained

I’ve come to realise that even though it hardly ever stops raining in England, it is hardly ever referred to as anything other than “rain”, even when it is clearly less (occassionally, more) than actual rain.

Where I come from, we almost never have anything less than monsoons, nevertheless we have a multitude of words and phrases for the different types of rain, both in English and our language. It makes it that much more interesting.

I’m curious to know any interesting ways of describing rain. English is a pretty extensive language; it’s a shame to waste it all in just one word. And, how about some foreign phrases. They probably lose some essence in the translation, but it would be nice to have an idea.

Go on, indulge me.

I couldn’t have picked a more appropriate moment to publish this – just as the sun came out!

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