5/4/09

Brit' Word of the Day

Todays BWOTD came to mind looking out of my office window!

"It started off as just drizzle, but now it's chucking it down"

'Drizzle' = very light rain, sprinkling or misting, both of which mean entirely different things to me! Sprinkling is what you do in the garden with a sprinkler attachment and misting is what you do to plants or your face.

'Chucking it down' = raining really hard. We also use 'raining cats & dogs' or 'pis*ing down' just as much.

Anyway the good news is our drought seems to be over for now.

13 comments:

Winifred said...

Glad your dought is over. Must have been awful.

Yes Sarah we do get quite a bit of the drizzling stuff here.

I'm not sure which expressions are regional. Do you say it's teaming down? What about raining stair rods?

Winifred said...

Oops meant to spell drought!

Silverback said...

Was only just talking about this with Daphne today. The words we Brits have for rain would fill a book....or a blog !

Drizzle was sometimes mizzle with us in Ulster which was almost my UWOTD.

Glad you've had some anyway as 'drought' is not a word we have much use for here !

The Grandpa said...

The drought's almost over in Georgia too. I like the sound of chucking it down.

Jill of All Trades said...

Love this. My Momma used to call it gully-washers.

Park Ave. Pigeon said...

Chucking it down here in NYC too! That means when a bus drives by, get back, or brace yourself for shower #2 of the day! Nasty brown puddles all over!

Lynn said...

To me drizzling, sprinkling and misting are all different kinds of rain. I think of drizzling as just a light, steady rain, sprinkling as just a few drops here and there and misting as a very fine rain, almost like a mist from a spray bottle.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

My Dad used to say, "It's raining like a cow pissing on a flat rock."

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Chucking is a new one for me.

recipes for the life said...

Since we have a colonial hang-up and love the Queen,We use those terms back here in India too :D

Glad the drought is over

TexasRed said...

I haven't heard "chucking it down." Fantastic!

Babooshka said...

Oh Pi...ng down I use a lot. You are reminding me of so many words I take for granted that only the brits use.

Its Just Me - Daring to Dream said...

I knew the drizzle word! I am getting smarter by the reading! :)