[Ads-l] scattered shower (singular)?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 27 16:05:05 EDT 2017


IIRC, TV weather people have been talking about "an occasional scattered
shower" or "a scattered shower or two" for years.

Unfortunately.

JL

On Sat, May 27, 2017 at 3:00 PM, Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
wrote:

> From https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/scattered_shower <
> https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/scattered_shower>
>
>         • (chiefly Britain) Any of a series of showers of rain, whose
> number, location and timing are impossible to predict
>
> Sounds semantically odd to me, though.
>
> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
>
> > On 27 May 2017, at 11:54, James A. Landau <JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM>
> wrote:
> >
> > Heard on a weather forecast from WRTI-FM: "There is a chance of a
> scattered shower today".
> >
> > - Jim Landau
>
>
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