Sunday, March 25, 2012

Language, Like Weather, Changes

March rains bring April flowers? (3/25/12)
Idiom: A group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words (e.g., raining cats and dogs).
Thanks to any number of factors (global warming? "weird" atmospheric pattens?), it would seem that some of our common meteorological idioms may eventually need to be revisited and updated. Commonly, the idiom "April showers bring May flowers" is used to remind those annoyed by spring rains that the end result (beautiful, blooming flowers), makes the brief annoyance worthwhile in the long run.

Given the extremely unusual (troubling?) spate of warm and pleasant conditions we've been experiencing in upstate New York, as well as across the country, this winter, a little "inclement" (rainy) weather had to be expected was necessary, right?

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