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My new pet peeve phrase

January 1, 2011 - Jennifer Brookens
Well, it's not exactly new but have been hearing so much lately that I just have to evaulate it: the phrase "wintery mix."

"Wintery Mix" sounds like it should be a flavor of gum or breath mint. Or maybe a type of candle or potpourri in a blue and silver basket that smells like peppermints. But the phrase "wintery mix" has been repeated over and over in weather forecasts for the past few weeks, and it means a mix of rain, sleet, ice and snow. The reality behind "wintery mix": sloppy, icy roads, dirty snow crusted on and stuck to your vehicle, wet and erroding effects on any type of dress shoe, and the pleasing aroma of exhaust fumes and burnt rubber.

You can tell someone from the marketing department came up with the "wintery mix" phrase. Guess there's no sort of meteorology glamour for "winter slop."


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