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    or when I was in high school, we converted that to "nipply" cause a cold day made them stand up

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSmiley View Post
    nippy
    nippy...I learned that by watching "Mad about you" tv series...Paul answered Helen Hunt´s question.."what´s the weather like outside?"...I tought of nipples and associated it forever...that´s how you never forget a word..by making memorable associations of it! Out of necessity (when living abroad) intensifies this a great deal..


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    Thank you very much guys!
    I can see that it wasn't that an easy question!
    Well, actually, it is no longer freezing outside (What a freezing week last week was!), it's more ...overcast and rainy.Perferct British weather!
    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twitch View Post
    Thank you very much guys!
    I can see that it wasn't that an easy question!
    Well, actually, it is no longer freezing outside (What a freezing week last week was!), it's more ...overcast and rainy.Perferct British weather!
    Thanks again!
    For 'overcast and rainy', we sometimes use the Scottish: driech. (When I say 'we', I may be in something of a minority; but I like the word.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    For 'overcast and rainy', we sometimes use the Scottish: driech. (When I say 'we', I may be in something of a minority; but I like the word.)

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    I believe the original meaning of dreich was long and drawn-out, as we might describe a minister's sermon. It's easy to see how this would evolve to mean dark and miserable, just as the weather is today.

    My personal favourite slang term for freezing cold is "Baltic", although a friend went there in the summer and said it was boiling hot.

    Baltic should not be confused with boracic = boracic lint = skint = having no money.

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