Off-topic request for opinion from all you literary types

minnow at minnow at
Fri Jan 14 17:22:47 EST 2005

Otter wanted to know:

>On Tuesday, January 11, 2005, at 02:49 PM, minnow at wrote:
>> How many words do you have for different sorts of rain?  I haven't ever
>> counted, but words like drizzle and mizzle and smur and spitting rain
>> are
>> all over the English language, it seems like.  To say nothing of
>> tempest
>> and downpour and drenching!
>Speaking as someone who lives on the Left Side of the pond and who
>grew up in a wet climate and whose native language is English, what is

Scotch mist south of the border, or a northern English mizzle.  :-)  Some
people spell it "smirr".


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