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A 'snirty' word from the Upper Midwest

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Every so often it's interesting to read up on colloquialisms and regional phrases that, for whatever reason, didn't travel further.

In the Upper Midwest, there's a condition known as "snirt," which could theoretically happen anywhere where there is a mixture of dirt and snow.

The Dictionary of American Regional English cites the Upper Midwest as giving birth to this portmanteau.

Another winter weather-based combination of words that was used a lot in previous seasons is "Snowpocalypse" and "Snowmageddon." Since those really didn't bring about the end of times, we can't find any dictionaries on record which give these words any justification beyond slang use.

Another unofficial weather combination we thought of is "snog" - snow and fog - though "snog" has other connotations. In Europe, for instance, it's a very informal way to say a couple is sharing a passionate kiss.

That does lead us, of course, to the more well-known "smog," a combination of smoke and fog.

Check out this video from NBC News of a tornado forming next to a rainbow - a torrainbow? - in Kansas.

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