Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wednesday's Word

Word: Mud season (N.)
Definition:  fifth season, between winter and spring

Usage:  From late November to the middle of March, the provident Yankee carries a snow shovel in the trunk of his car or the back of his pickup.  In mud season, approximately mid-March, he switches to a spade.  Roads and driveways, which had heretofore been dependable, firm gravel surfaces, become axle-deep soup.  Town meeting time always comes in mud season.

(Definition from: "How to Talk Yankee", by Gerald Lewis & Tim Sample, copyright 1979, 1986 by The Thorndike Press; copyright 1989 by the First North Country Press)

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