Since we're all getting more than a little tired of the seemingly endless rain and mud, and more rain and more mud, I thought maybe we could all use a few more terms to describe our weather instead of sounding like a broken record (whatever that is, I'm sure.)
There's more than just a couple of ways to say it, as these colloquialisms from around the world show. Some make sense (some, I think you have to live there). I wasn't too choosy. I just plucked 'em and put 'em, you might say. I did take the liberty of alphabetizing the list. Not that it matters a whole lot.
Now, we'll all be able to sound a whole lot more worldly when we complain about the wet stuff.
cat-and-dog weather starCharge it to the dust and let the rain settle itcloudburst starcome rain or come shinecondensation stardeluge starDoesn't have sense enough to come in out of the rainDog poo is fallingdrencher stardrizzle starfall starflood starflurry starhail starheavy dew starI'm drenchedI'm soaked to the skinIs that rain?It poured with rainIt's been raining all dayIt's bucketing downIt's chucking it downIt's lashingIt's like a monsoon out thereIt's only a showerIt's peltingIt's pouringIt's raining as from Esteri's assIt's raining cats and dogsIt's raining chair legsIt's raining cobbler boysIt's raining dung head-firstIt's raining frogsIt's raining frogs' beardsIt's raining like a pissing cowIt's raining old womenIt's raining old women with clubsIt's raining pilot whalesIt's raining pipestemsIt's raining pitchforks and hammer handlesIt's raining pocketknivesIt's raining puppiesIt's raining troll womenIt's raining witchesIt's throwing cobblers' knivesIt's throwing it downliquid sunshine starLooks like rainmist starmonsoon starMore that I hear on occasion:no matter whether it rains or the sun shinespour starpouring rainpouring starprecipitation starrain checkrain is bouncing off the groundrain on someone's paraderain or shinerain something down on someone or somethingraindrops starrained in on someone or somethingrained outrainfall starraining shoemakers' apprenticesrainstorm starright as rainrisk of rainrisk of showerssheets starshower starsleet starspate starspit starsprinkle starsprinkling starstream starsun shower starThe heavens openedThe rain kills the miceThe rain's not taking its timeto be as right as raintorrent starTractors are fallingvolley starWe could do with some rainWe'd better run for itwet stuff starwindow washer star
Speaking of 'worldly', the Philippines, and most likely, Vietnam will be next, probably come to mind, thanks to Super Typhoon Haiyan. Of course, when you look at video or photos or read of Haiyan, or Yolanda as it's called in the Philippines (they keep their own naming scheme)... By comparison, our pittance of rain and inconvenience is a 'drop in the bucket.' Sorry. I couldn't resist the pun.
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