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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  1. Don't ever get an Englishman talking about the weather!!

    24 Aug 2006, 11:58

  2. Hence the blog entry – I can tune in when I want! ;0)

    24 Aug 2006, 12:02

  3. I can think of more phrases…

    • It's raining stair rods
    • Nice weather for ducks
    • It's looking black over Bill's mother's

    But types of rain are more difficult:

    • drizzle
    • mizzle
    • torrential

    24 Aug 2006, 13:14

  4. Nice! I've never heard the phrases. I shall now try to find their origins… (Yes, I'm trying NOT to write up a report.)

    I am of the opinion that 'drizzle' is what you get in England most of the time. So much more descriptive than 'rain', don't you think? Never heard of mizzle, though. Thanks! :0)

    24 Aug 2006, 13:20

  5. ฺBOB

    Where I come from, we have different ways of describing rain (fon = rain):

    fon – tok : rain falls (I can’t imagine rain doing other than fall)
    fon – chook : very heavy rain
    fon – proyproy : shower rain
    fon – prum : light shower
    sai – fon : streaks of rain
    payu – fon : rain storm

    It might come in handy when you come visit so practise!

    Fon is also a common nick name here.

    05 Sep 2006, 05:17

  6. Thanks, Bob! What’s with the random symbols+number before your name?

    I like “proyproy” – very onomatopoeic. Kind of like what we have for drops of rain, “podha”.

    I must make sure I pronounce these correctly and don’t end up swearing or some such… :0)

    06 Sep 2006, 18:09

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