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"Expressing Yourself..."

3 years 6 months 4 weeks ago March 02, 2013 Mar 2, 2013 Saturday, March 02 2013 March 02, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Familiar weather expressions include "frog stranglers" and "gully washers" for heavy showers. Another reference to flooding rain is the adage, "It's gonna come a stump-floater and a gully washer." Our ancestors may have referred to an approaching episode of rain with, "It's comin' up a cloud!" The mention, "It's raining pitchforks and plow handles," meant extremely hard rain. A comment to thunder may have found folks saying, "God's tater wagon turned over!" or "The angels are bowling..." A more familiar verse for windy weather is, "It was blowing to beat the band." "She is batting her eyes like a frog in a hail storm," has dual meanings: She is trying hard to stay awake or she's flirting. "The Devil's getting married," references a shining sun and simultaneous rain.

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