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The Oxford English Dictionary wants you to communicate the terminology of your profession



There are only so many ways to say, "It's cold outside," and at this point in the winter you may all have exhausted. That's why it's time to supplement your vocabulary with these vintage gems. They are technically old, but they will feel like new to you like a layer of freshly fallen snow.

. 1 ICE-LEGS

If Lakes have a person the ability to safely go around a ship at sea, then Ice-legs are the winter-time equivalent: it is the ability to walk or Ice skate without falling over.

. 2 CRULE

To crule may mean shivering from the cold – or squatting by a fire to warm up.

. 3 MEGGLE

Meggle is an old Scottish word meaning "laborious to trudge through mud or snow"

4. AQUABOB

An eighteenth-century word for an icicle. Ice Shooter Ice Cone or Ice Shackle . A drop of water from an icicle is an ice thorn or a melting point .

. 5 SNOW-BONES

They are the snow or ice lines left on the roadsides after the rest of the snow has melted. Which will probably be around June.

. 6 MOBLE

To wrap moble head with a hood. It was more casual to wear clothes to keep warm.

. 7 MUFFLEMENTS

An old Lancashire dialect word for thick, warm, insulated clothing. (In other words, you could moble your mutes.)

8. HAPWARM [1
94559003] Hap is an old Yorkshire word for a heavy snowfall, and Hapwarm is an 18th century dialect word for a heavy, all-covering garment worn in the Staying in the heat and keeping the cold out.

. 9 HOGAMADOG

When you roll a snowball through a snowfield and it slowly gets bigger and bigger? This is a Hogamadog . (A regular old snowball can also be a winter apple .)

10. MOORKAVIE

Probably derived from an Old Norse word, kave and means "heavy snowfall or rain shower" . Moorkaavie is a Scottish dialect word for a blinding snowstorm. The part moor is considered an old word for a crowd or a swarm.

. 11 LAYING-WEATHER

18th-century expression for all weather conditions where snow lies on the ground.

12th SNOW BLOSSOM

Flitter fled and Snow blossom are all old words for snowflakes …

13. CLART

… while a single snowflake big enough to cling to your clothes is a Clart .

fourteenth PECK-OF-APPLES

An old English dialect nickname for a slip-up or fall on ice.

15th RONE [194559003] Rone (also known as ronnie ) is an old Scottish word for a leaf or piece of ice that children use to slide.

sixteenth PUNDER

When the wind blows away or blows away the snow, that's pundering .

17th ICE-BOLT

Apart from another name for an avalanche, the term ice-bolts was coined in the late 1700s for a sudden sharp sensation of cold.

18th SNOW-BROTH

A 17th-century word for the water released by snowmelt.

19th SHURL

When the snow slips off a roof after thawing, this is a shurl .

A version of this list first appeared in 2016.


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