The Many Faces of Snow

Apoplectic Apostrophes


Well, it’s December, dear readers. And for me, that marks the beginning of about six months of winter. As I write this, there is already a foot of snow in my backyard.

This got me thinking about that thing people say about the incredible number of words Inuit people have to describe snow. And I wondered how many words we have in English. It turns out that we have a lot. In fact, depending on how you define words that describe snow, English actually has more words than the Inuit languages.

So, today, I thought it would be fun to look at some of the English words for snow and tell you a bit about what they mean and where they come from.

Blizzard:  A severe, sustained snowstorm with high winds. The origins are unknown, but blizzard first appeared in American English in the early 1800s.

Firn: Crystalline or…

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DP Daily Prompt: A Source of Anxiety Ranu’s Post

The lights were on, I came in I called out ‘anyone here’?  Silence. I moved around ,wondered where my nephew was.As far as I know,he  is at work.Why didn’t he  turn off the lights. Who will answer my questions?There was deathly silence.

I went from room to room to find out,if someone was hiding.I was tired and scared. I felt at this moment what if the intruder attacks me from the back. I then decided to go to his bedroom. The closet was open.The bed was not made. My nephew was very particular about his room,he always made sure he left it in a squeaky clean condition. I kept thinking, ‘What is wrong’?

Then I saw what was beyond my imagination. My nephew was lying on the floor between the bed and the closet, he had no pulse,I tried to shake him but there was no movement, in ,I reached the phone, called my niece,she came over, she called 911 immediately.They came over,examined him and pronounced him “Dead”.

His parents were in shock.He never complained of any sickness. He was only thirty how could this happen to such a young man. The questions still are running through the head  of the parents,sadly there are no  answers!