It’s a tad wet in my part of Ireland today. It’s been raining since I woke and looks set to continue until I sleep again. That’s the reason why when you fly over Ireland the land is green. I’m amazed we haven’t sunk over the last few centuries of the stuff.
There’s a saying that the Irish language (Gaeilge) has 40 words for seaweed and that the Inuit have a similar number for snow, so I’m wondering if I can come up with forty ways to describe rain.
- shower (showers spreading from the West is a typical Irish weather forecast, regardless of season)
- bucketing (my kids favourite)
- soft day
- heavens opening
- cats and dogs (should be trout and salmon really… cats don’t like rain)
- cloud burst
- the wet
- reverse evaporation
- changeable weather
Alright, so I didn’t quite make it to forty, but pretty close. Do you have any English words or expressions for rain that you can add to this list?
Until next time, happy reading, writing and wordfooling,
and don’t forget your umbrella,