Thursday, September 24, 2015

Scotland and its many words for snow



Lexicographers at the University of Glasgow, who are compiling an online thesaurus of Scots words, say they have tracked down hundreds of quirky, lesser-known ways of describing wintry weather.  
"Snaw-pouther" is fine, driving snow, and "spitters" are small drops or flakes of wind-driven rain or snow. A "skelf" is a large snowflake, and "sneesl" means to begin to rain or snow.

For those of you who don’t know: There are technically two languages in Scotland: Scots Gaelic and English.

While Gaelic is a fascinating language, you probably won’t need it if you visit Scotland; English is spoken most everywhere throughout the country.