Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fun with nomenclature

Snow covers the grass outside my house like fuzz, not hiding this dead leaf, or that one, or the other thousands of them, but sculpting them into a low-lying blanket of frizz. The snow turns the deer beds white - flattened blades of grass are more easily covered - but deer poop seems to pop out. A light snow like this says, Hey! We'll let your poop pebbles be seen!

Of course, we could debate the use of a made-up word like "frizz." But, hey, I kind of like it! - and face it, sometimes you need a new word, in this case a word for a freezing little light coating of frost/snow. (Is there any doubt that Merriam-Webster is eventually going to pick it up? Nah.)

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