Snow report

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Re: Snow report

Postby thirdcrank » 6 Dec 2011, 3:16pm

horizon wrote: ...The weatherman on Radio 4 used "slippy" this morning. Is this a northernism (as opposed to slippery)?


In the first dictionary I consulted, (a Chambers from the 1960's) under the general entry for "slip," I found:

adjs. slippery. slippy, so smooth or slimy .....


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PS in the search for greater knowledge (AKA to try to discover what on earth this was all about) I consulted all three editions of Fowler whre it is not mentioned (although I'll be careful in future not to hyphenate "first slip" (when used to describe the placing of a fielder in cricket.) Partridge In Usage and Abusage) noted that the Concise Oxford Dictionary describes "slippy for slippery" as vulgar. Oh dear. What is the world coming to?

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Re: Snow report

Postby Manx Cat » 6 Dec 2011, 6:43pm

No snow here... Just gales , gales and more gales...

Hard work cycling into work, but Im breaking the speed record on the way home :)

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Re: Snow report

Postby eileithyia » 6 Dec 2011, 6:46pm

Manx Cat wrote:No snow here... Just gales , gales and more gales...

Hard work cycling into work, but Im breaking the speed record on the way home :)


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Re: Snow report

Postby thirdcrank » 7 Dec 2011, 10:07am

Our snow has all gone but this morning has brought a succession of short but severe hailstorms.

I'm still a bit bemused by the slippery/ slippy question. I've thought about this a bit and I use both words. I tend to think of slippery as having slimy connotations - politicians, that type of thing, but to describe a road as slippy seems normal to me. I asked my wife, a native of Hertfordshire what she thought. She said she would never use the word slippy for anything, but would have the same slimy feelings about slippery. She would describe a road with a low coefficient of friction through ice as "icy." (I should have been irritated by "slippy (or slippery) old roads.")

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Re: Snow report

Postby snibgo » 7 Dec 2011, 10:35am

I tend to think of a surface (eg road or footpath) as "slippery", but an object on the surface (eg shoe, tyre) as "slippy".

No snow here in SW Cambs yet, and it's a little warmer than it has been.

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Re: Snow report

Postby Guy951 » 7 Dec 2011, 10:42am

Since TC started this thread it's been bright and cold every day, except last night when we had a little light rain. It has been a bit slippERy in the mornings.

I've always used "slippy" as "quick", as in "look slippy" being the same as "look sharp".

I think this usage comes from Hindi - In that excellent poem Kipling has one of the soldiers shout "Slippy hitherao" at Gunga Din - meaning "come here quickly".
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Re: Snow report

Postby thirdcrank » 7 Dec 2011, 11:19am

Guy951 wrote: ... I've always used "slippy" as "quick", as in "look slippy" being the same as "look sharp". ...
The entry in the waffle I quoted from Partridge has that usage as slang. (Remember that Kipling was generally writing about the "other ranks" - very infra dig.)

PS We could tread water talking about language and then revert to snow if we get any. :lol:

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Re: Snow report

Postby Mick F » 7 Dec 2011, 2:36pm

Quite pleasant out there today 11degC, pity I had a Jobs List to do instead of cycling. :oops:
Hope the weather holds for tomorrow, as I can combine a spot of shopping and cycling with my trailer.

Listening to the radio earlier, the Isle of Man has copped it with the gales - as Manx Cat has attested - and there's a red warning up in Scotland regarding "damaging" winds.
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Re: Snow report

Postby karlt » 7 Dec 2011, 2:39pm

MrsT reckons I shouldn't do my regular 14.5 miler to work tomorrow, owing to 50mph gusts.

If I do it, I expect a record time in. And a record long time back, going by the wind direction.

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Re: Snow report

Postby [XAP]Bob » 7 Dec 2011, 2:54pm

karlt wrote:MrsT reckons I shouldn't do my regular 14.5 miler to work tomorrow, owing to 50mph gusts.

If I do it, I expect a record time in. And a record long time back, going by the wind direction.


Sorry - don't winds change during the day?
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Re: Snow report

Postby karlt » 7 Dec 2011, 3:34pm

[XAP]Bob wrote:
karlt wrote:MrsT reckons I shouldn't do my regular 14.5 miler to work tomorrow, owing to 50mph gusts.

If I do it, I expect a record time in. And a record long time back, going by the wind direction.


Sorry - don't winds change during the day?


Well, they're always coming from where you're going, up to a point.

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Re: Snow report

Postby [XAP]Bob » 7 Dec 2011, 3:47pm

karlt wrote:
[XAP]Bob wrote:
karlt wrote:MrsT reckons I shouldn't do my regular 14.5 miler to work tomorrow, owing to 50mph gusts.

If I do it, I expect a record time in. And a record long time back, going by the wind direction.


Sorry - don't winds change during the day?


Well, they're always coming from where you're going, up to a point.


Certainly corresponds with me experience ;)
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Re: Snow report

Postby karlt » 15 Dec 2011, 11:15am

Inch in Sheffield this morning. Definitely had the right mode of transport this morning; traffic queued for miles. Took me an hour and a quarter instead of the normal hour, but it would have taken a lot, lot, lot, lot longer by car.

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Re: Snow report

Postby Mick F » 15 Dec 2011, 11:20am

Driving the Community Bus yesterday into and out of Callington (east Cornwall) and we had about half an inch of slushy wet snow for some of the day up on Hingston Down on the A390.

Milder today with wet and windy showers.
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Re: Snow report

Postby cjchambers » 15 Dec 2011, 12:45pm

horizon wrote:The weatherman on Radio 4 used "slippy" this morning. Is this a northernism (as opposed to slippery)?

Bob Johnson, the (Scottish) weather presenter on ITV Tyne Tees refers to icy patches as "Skiitey Bits".