Drizzling, Mizzling and Grizzling

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Eskimoes have 50 words for snow. There’s quite a lot of debate on this subject but you have to start somewhere. The FT did a list of 5 of the best English words for rain. The Scots seem to have a lot of words for it too. They don’t seem to use siling down or mizzling. They appear on a list of Lincolnshire words, though we use them in Nottingham too.

Yesterday, it drizzled. That’s just rain that really can’t be bothered.It’s definitely rain, but lacks enthusiasm, and comes without mist, wind, cold or misery.

We went to Spalding yesterday, more because we had a day off than because we wanted to drive through the Fens in the rain. Destination was Springfields designer outlet. The bookshop has closed. Along with other closures it now only has one shop, a craft shop, that we want. I say “we”…

I took pictures of a duck marshalling three ducklings through the centre. Unfortunately I hadn’t, at that time, discovered the zoom on the telephone’s camera. I then took pictures of ducks doing other duck things. Once I’ve set the phone up to do email I will put the results on the blog. Don’t expect too much.

Today, it mizzled .That, according to my personal grading system, is rain that lacks conviction and comes with a side order of mist. It’s similar to the “soft day” of the Irish, but lacks the grim edge of the Scottish “dreich” day.

Today I dropped Julia off at work then went to ASDA to eat the worst breakfast I’ve ever had. This wasn’t actually the plan, but it was what happened. Not only did I endure leathery bacon, dry sausages and unpleasant beans, but I didn’t really enjoy the hash browns or the eggs. The tinned tomatoes were adequate, but they are hard to mess up. Only the mushrooms were good.

A group of three builders was eating breakfast too. I don’t think they were impressed either as one of them shouted across to the server as he chipped away at his food.

“Oi, love, have you been keeping this warm from last week?”

She didn’t answer. This wasn’t unexpected as charm and humour had been noticeably absent from the serving process.

From there it was but a short trip to Newark. Thursday is flea market day and time to catch up on the news. Unfortunately I can’t repeat any of the gossip as the trade talk is dull, as is the grizzling about the good old days, and the interesting stuff is almost certainly slanderous.

I took some pictures from the car park, using the camer’s settings to brighten them. Β I would have taken more, but I’d rather wait for a nice sunny day. It is, as you can see, quite an interesting town.


27 thoughts on “Drizzling, Mizzling and Grizzling

  1. higgledypiggledymom

    Father-in-law who lived in Oregon, called it “Oregon mist” and he’d walk in it as it wasn’t much to stop his daily walks. It’s still what we call that precipitation, but mizzling will soon get into my vocab. as don’t we all grizzle when it’s mizzling?

  2. tootlepedal

    We only need one phrase, “Pissing down” because that is the standard rain setting here. Anything less than that is a Scotch mist. You southerners with your fancy rain.

  3. Clare Pooley

    I remember that in one of Jane Austen’s novels (I don’t remember which one) she uses the word mizzle when talking of the rain. Nice photos of the Newark rooftops.

  4. Laurie Graves

    Actually, car parks are great places to get shots of towns and cities. Lovely. Also, enjoyed hearing all the words for rain. I suppose when you have a lot of a certain type of weather, you want to qualify. Hope you see some blue sky and sun soon.

  5. Helen

    Mizzling is a new word for me!

    Anyway, Spalding does look like a place I would enjoy visiting…. I have only been to the designer outlet – going back a few years now. However, there are plenty of those round here so I don’t need to go to that particular spot again, especially if the more interesting shops are disappearing.

  6. Jesska

    ” Once I’ve set the phone up to do email I will put the results on the blog. Don’t expect too much.”

    Alternatively, you could download the WordPress app, and use the share symbol (that weird not-exactly-a-triangle with lumps that shows when you click on a photo in the gallery) to add them directly to the media library. Or to a new post. You can also open the app, write a post, and add pictures through a ‘phito picker’ which is basically also the gallery.

    I think I’ve made that sound more complicated than it is. I’d recommend trying it out and seeing what you think.

      1. Jesska

        No… I think you underestimate how easy they’ve made it. Setting up email can be a real pain, depending on the provider. Not really comparable

  7. Lavinia Ross

    I like your description of different wet weather types. Drizzle is definitely rain lacking enthusiasm! We see a lot of mizzling here in season too. πŸ™‚


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