[Ads-l] When Snow Sticks

Mon Nov 9 04:30:32 UTC 2015

According to the correspondent quoted in World Wide Words:  "What do you call it when falling snow, rather than melting as it touches the ground, remains in its frozen, snowy state? I’m from Bristol, where this is pitching. But other parts of the country have it as laying or settling or landing, or a whole variety of dialect terms.”

John Baker

On Nov 8, 2015, at 9:55 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM<mailto:hwgray at gmail.com>> wrote:

On Sun, Nov 8, 2015 at 9:33 PM, Baker, John <JBAKER at stradley.com<mailto:JBAKER at stradley.com>> wrote:

I think those who live in the snow belt of the United States will
immediately recognize this as the snow "sticking,"

It's so obvious that I *didn't* recognize it immediately, thinking that,
surely, it must be some kind of trick question. What do English-speakers
outside of The World use to specify that phenomenon - or should that be
"phenomena"? - I wonder.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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