Wednesday, December 16, 2009
100 Irish Words for Rain
I was very aware of the rain while my Australian relatives were in Ireland. I was afraid they would hate it, but actually I think it was a novelty for them. But they weren't completely prepared for it, which is how Uncle and Niece ended up each buying a hat from a stall in Grafton Street. And since rain is such a major part of our lives, I was wondering why we don't have more words for rain - like the 100 words the Inuit are supposed to have for different types of snow. Of course maybe there are as Gaeilge.
Anyway here are some of the different types I've thought of so far:
Soft rain - so light it falls up as well as down. So no escape
Light rain - catches you unawares and causes bad hair day before you notice
Rain - MOR rain that can be kept at bay with an umbrella or a raincoat
Heavy Rain - serious waterprooofs needed for this
Driving Rain - best stay indoors as umbrellas will blow inside out and the water will seep through everything
Then there is thunder, lightening, hail, snow and rainbows that all add to the mix.
Anything else I've forgotten?