Weather = bad weather

Margaret Lee mlee303 at YAHOO.COM
Wed Jul 31 09:55:57 UTC 2013

I remember growing up hearing my parents, grandparents and neighbors say, "Looks like there's gonna be some weather tonight," meaning possibly a thunderstorm or worse.
--Margaret Lee

 From: Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM>
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 4:18 PM
Subject: Weather = bad weather

I thought the use of "weather" to mean "bad weather" was mentioned on the list not too long ago, but I don't see it in the archives.

On 7 March 2005, David Bowie notes that "weather day" is an abbreviation for "bad weather day" as designated by the Orange County School District in Florida for days when the schools are closed for inclement weather. (

In "The Shadow Rising" (, Robert Jordan uses it in a similar sense: "He would play the harp, of course, not pipes. Or his flute; weather was not good for the harp."

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

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