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Five questions about natural phenomena—Quick Quiz

It’s said that the Eskimos have 17 words for snow. Britain too has a wealth of words for weather and other natural phenomena, including many which are region-specific. Here’s a small collection of a few we’ve discovered. How many of them do you know? We’ll make it easier for you by giving you a list of words and a list of descriptions. Can you match them up?

Here are the words:

  1. feadan
  2. pirr
  3. smeuse
  4. grumma
  5. kimmeridge

And here are their meanings!

  1. the gap in the base of a hedge made by the regular passage of a small animal
  2. the light breeze which blows through your armpit hair when you are stretched out sunbathing
  3. a mirage caused by mist or haze
  4. a light breath of wind, such as will make a cat’s paw on the water
  5. a small stream running from a moorland loch

And a bonus question:

  1. What is the more commonly used word for what is also known as an aquabob, clinkerbell, cancervell or shuckle in various parts of the country?

Check your answers here!

PG Author: Kay McMahon

Kay has been an expat for nearly 30 years. She set up the British Expat website back in early 2000, whilst living in London and missing the expat life. These days she spends much of her time lugging computers and cameras around the world. (Dave gets to deal with all the really heavy stuff.)

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