Great Scot, they’ve done it! The Scottish, I mean. A while ago, members of the Historical Thesaurus of Scots announced that they have discovered over 400 Scottish words for “snow” in their attempt to record every Scottish word in existence. If this is true, it would blow the previous (rumored) record held by the Inuit people who claim to have almost 50 words for the fluffy substance that ruins our commutes and engulfs our white fluffy dogs when we let them out to pee. Because the time when snow is going to be a daily part of our lives is on the horizon, we’ve compiled some of the “coolest” ones here.
Scowtherin (n.): a sprinkling of newly-fallen snow
Scowtherin, a term meaning “a sprinkle of snow” or a long-lost Hogwarts house dedicated to self-professed snow bunnies with a small inkling for evil? You know, the ones that look innocent in their giant puffy jackets but secretly enjoy watching people slip on patches of black ice from afar? Their emblem is a white owl with exaggerated eyebrows that make it look like it’s always angry? Anyone picking up what I’m putting down?
Fyoonach (n.): a dusting of snow
Fyoonach! Oh sorry, that was a sneeze. No, wait, it’s actually just the Scottish word for “a dusting” of snow. I can see why it’s confusing.
Maggle/Meggle (v.): to trudge laboriously through mud or snow
If I had known four years ago that my daily 20 minute walk to school, during which I climbed over snowbanks to reach the crosswalk signal button and waded through slush pools, had an official name, I would’ve gladly mumbled it under my breath the entire time instead of silently brooding about the cold weather.
Crump (n.): the sound of moving snow
You would think this word would have a much more “peaceful” ring to it considering it refers to the sound of snow flakes gliding through the air on a chilly winter night, but it really just sounds like the noise someone would make when they suddenly realize they left their work badge at home or a new English pastry or some crazy new dance move or really anything than what it actually is.