[Ads-l] When Snow Sticks

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 9 12:54:49 UTC 2015

"Settle" sounds familiar but literary. "Land" sounds crazy, "lay" weird
"pitch" impossible.

I can't even believe our Hoosier friends of 1895 could feel the need to
enclose "sticks" in quotation marks!

Seriously, I may have learned this meaning of "stick" even before the more
common one - age ca 2.


On Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 4:09 AM, Michael Quinion <
michael.quinion at worldwidewords.org> wrote:

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> Wilson Gray wrote:
> > 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.
> My experience in Britain, from where the original questioner comes, is
> that the usual terms are "settling", less often "laying". But, as he
> pointed out, "pitching", "landing" and others are in dialect use in
> various places. "Sticking" is used but it wouldn't come first to my mind.
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