Breakup season

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 22 01:02:52 UTC 2012

OED has ice-break--which I thought the most likely candidate--under ice,
but neither examples nor definitions (several other "ice" compounds
suffer the same fate). Ice-breaker gets a separate article. Ice-breaking
lumps together adj.&n. and the metaphorical usage (e.g., icebreaking
questions). There are a few other terms that are either missing or need
updates. There is "ice-beer" from the latest drafts, but "ice-wine" is
not--even though Eiswein has a full entry. (Yes, "ice-wine" is used
occasionally as a calque for Eiswein.)


On 1/21/2012 7:49 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> On Jan 21, 2012, at 7:42 PM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>> What is this called in other cities? Surely there's a word for it…
> Well, in Madison it was called variously "dog turd season", "dog turd thaw season", or (misleadingly) "frozen dog turd season", but as should be clear, that's named for a different effect of the turd…er, turn of season.
> LH

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