Here in B.C., we are breaking ❄️ temperature records all over the place, and looking at unusually high mounds of snow. What are some forgotten or little used words related to winter, snow, and cold?
Feeling cold or chilly
That wonderful moment when the sun breaks through and warms up a cold winter’s day
To turn to ice
To wrinkle up, such as skin when it is affected by serious cold
To snuggle together to keep warm
Something – or someone – that flourishes when temperatures are low
To shiver or tremble
A tiny snowflake
Slushy ice in rough waters
That which causes cold
Frosty or frozen
Utterly and icily cold
Grainy pellets of snow
Floating sheets of ice
Things relating to winter
Your hairs are standing straight up in your skin, here from the cold
If you’ve watched ‘Frozen: The Broadway Musical’, you know the sauna-loving Oaken and his euphonious definitions of Hygge. Danes and Norwegians know of what he speaks …
‘Hygge means comfortable
Hygge means cozy
Hygge means sitting by the fire with your cheeks all rosy…’
Lubric / Lubrick / Lubricous
Shivering from the cold
A downpouring of snow or rain
To the bone cold – everything hurts, that is if you can feel it.
Did you falter on your skis and fall backwards? That mark you left in the snow is called a ‘sitzmark’.
Lightly falling snow or rain
To slide without stopping
Slippery. We may still use this word regularly, but 18th Century author Samuel Johnson would not approve. ‘Slippy’, he wrote in his 1755 dictionary, is ‘a barbarous provincial word’.
Buried or happening under the snow
To warm slightly
Photos: Elizabeth Newton