Saturday, March 8, 2008

we're not talking dairy queen!

bliz·zard (blĭz'ərd)
    1. A violent snowstorm with winds blowing at a minimum speed of 35 miles (56 kilometers) per hour and visibility of less than one-quarter mile (400 meters) for three hours.
    2. A very heavy snowstorm with high winds.
  1. A torrent; a superabundance: a blizzard of phone calls.
[Perhaps of imitative origin.]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

1859, origin obscure (perhaps somehow connected with blaze (1)), it came into general use in the hard winter 1880-81, though it was used with a sense of "violent blow" in Amer.Eng., 1829; and blizz "violent rainstorm" is attested from 1770.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper

happy international women’s day!
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photos: top two waking conditions on avenue c, 8 march 2008; bottom pic courtesy of google images


Bobby D. said...

WOW ...

Kimy got lots of beautiful snow and all I got was this crummy rain. Is it good fort-making snow?

R.L. Bourges said...

Happy blizzard to you
Happy blizzard to you
stay inside, be
warm and toasty
Happy March 8th

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Happy IWD to you as well. Hope you make it to the film festival.

dennis said...

Dennis thinks hot cocoa is nice.