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:
And here are their meanings!
- the gap in the base of a hedge made by the regular passage of a small animal
- the light breeze which blows through your armpit hair when you are stretched out sunbathing
- a mirage caused by mist or haze
- a light breath of wind, such as will make a cat’s paw on the water
- a small stream running from a moorland loch
And a bonus question:
- 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?