John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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Today's Forgotten English

Cluttery weather is when it is raining with thick clouds all around.
--Maj. B. Lowsley's A Glossary of Berkshire Words and Phrases, 1888

Of the weather, rainy, inclined to be stormy. Of rain, heavy, pelting. Cluttersome, clattersome, of weather, wet, rough, gusty; Hampshire.
--Joseph Wright's English Dialect Dictionary, 1896-1905

Also in the form, clittery.
--William Cope's Glossary of Hampshire Words and Phrases, 1883

Feast Day of St. Theodore of Sykeon, a patrom of those enduring damp, rainy weather. Gervase Markham's The Husbandman's Practice (1664) included some indicators of approaching rain: "Ducks and drakes shaking and fluttering their wings when they rise; young horses rubbing their backs against the ground; sheep bleating, playing or skipping wantonly; oxen licking themselves against the hair; the sparking of a lamp or candle; the falling of soot down a chimney; swallows flying low; bells heard further than commonly."

*looks out the window* How apropos. Although I'd be very surprised to see sheep skipping wantonly around Tysons Corner.

How exactly does one skip wantonly? 0.o

-The Gneech
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