Word of the day – Mizzle
Posted on February 23, 2009 by yankeebean
Ok, I’ve gotta take a minute to write about a new English word. It never fails to amaze me that, even after 6 years of living in Britain, I still discover new and fantastic words and phrases here…
I’m currently in the car with Mr Nice Guy, we’re road-tripping down south on business even as we speak. Somewhere near Birmingham, it gets a little foggy, and slowly the fog starts to turn into rain. The conversation went like this:
Me: oh, balls… It’s raining…
NG (Mr Nice Guy): It’s mizzle
NG: It’s Mizzle
Me: Do you mean, like, ‘fo shizzle, mah nizzle’? Like Snoop Dogg?
NG: No, it’s more than ‘mist’ and less than ‘drizzle’… It’s Mizzle
Me: (hysterical laughter)
MIZZLE!?! It’s GENIUS!! It’s just like the Eskimo and all their words for snow (is that even true?). It makes perfect sense that the English would have just as many words for rain. And I LOVE it…
I think living in England is making me a rain connoisseur… Currently my rain arsenal consists of:
Pissing it down
Raining cats and dogs
Peeing it down
If I’m forgetting any rain-lingo, bring it on my fellow Not From Yorkshire ladies!