Someone once said if it wasn’t for the weather, most Canadians couldn’t start a conversation. We love to discuss the weather, argue about it and if you’re brave enough, even bet on the weather.
If you listen closely, you’ll notice that, over time, we’ve made up words and expressions to describe our weather.
These colourful terms and expressions are used not only here in Atlantic Canada but across the country, to describe my favourite topic – the weather.
Last week I decided to reach out and ask for your input. The response was amazing. Here are my top 15 (I couldn’t keep it to just 10):
– Ellen Nickerson: My father was a fisherman and on a windy day, would say, it was rougher than a bear’s backside. He lived in Beaver River, right on the Yarmouth/Digby ( Nova Scotia) county line.
– Christine Thomas: Originally from Port aux Basques, N.L. We used the expression “it’s pickin rain” when it was only a light rain. lol.
– Diana Chandler: “It’s a corker” meaning it is over 25 degrees - from P.E.I.
– Joann Howard Smith: My father used to say, “The wind coming in that window would trip a cat.” Charlottetown, P.E.I.
– Ti-Guy Pelletier: Mouille à boire debout... it’s pouring ! Grand Falls, N.B. (Raining so hard you could drink standing up.)
– Beryl de Beaupré: “It’ll be an open and shut day” meaning sunny with clouded-over periods. From Knowlesville, N.B.
– Edythe Foss: Dirt coming (meaning snowstorm) French River, P.E.I.
– Marilyn J. Wells: “Cold as a moose yard,” Albert County, N.B.
– Diana Destobel McQuillan: the sun is splitting the shingles, New Waterford, N.S.
– Coleen Martinello: Flat oil calm, originally from Little Dover, N.S.
– Glennis Smith: It’s a mausy day. Meaning it’s foggy and drizzling rain.
– Colleen George: Here in the Annapolis Valley, N.S., we often say in our household that it’s windy enough to blow the horns off a goat.
– Diana Feit: rdf - as the forecast heard in southern Newfoundland; a quick way to say rain drizzle and fog.
– Phillips Harbour/Queensport area in Guysborough County, N.S.: Black thick of fog (self-explanatory) but pronounced more like “black thicka fog.”
– Lynn Henderson: From mom who grew up at Lord’s Cove on the Burin Peninsula, N.L.: “So windy it’ll blow the roof right off yer mouth.” I heard that for the first time last year and thought it was so funny, I literally wrote it in the notes in my phone.
I hope you enjoyed reading these as much as I did. If you’d like to check out the full list of weather expressions, head on over to my Facebook page. Some of these are extremely entertaining.
A big thank you goes out to everyone who replied.
Happy Canada Day!
PS. If you don’t like this weather, just wait 15 minutes, it’ll change.
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Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network.