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BBC published a list of 13 words to describe rain. What did they miss?

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1ToughCookie Sat 28-Sep-19 22:00:32

Needless to say the UK gets a lot of precipitation and it comes in all forms. I noticed they didn't have my personal favourite:

Bucketing (it) down

Read the article:

And tell me what they missed!

TungstenTitan Sat 28-Sep-19 22:39:59

Pissing down

TheseThingsAreFunAndFunIsGood Sat 28-Sep-19 22:45:13

Drizzle, lashing down! 🌦️⛈️🌧️

Longdistance Sat 28-Sep-19 22:45:43

I came on to say ‘pissing down’ 😂

steppemum Sat 28-Sep-19 22:46:15

chucking it down

steppemum Sat 28-Sep-19 22:46:35

the heavens opened

steppemum Sat 28-Sep-19 22:47:00

driving rain

steppemum Sat 28-Sep-19 22:47:38

in fatc they missed most of the words I use, and included a few I'd never heard of!

ToLiveInPeace Sat 28-Sep-19 22:49:46

From Paddington: a real brolly-buster

StrangersToLove Sat 28-Sep-19 22:52:50

"That fine rain that really soaks you through"

TyneTeas Sat 28-Sep-19 23:04:22

Pleutin' down

SofiaAmes Sat 28-Sep-19 23:06:25

I live in LA, so the closest we get to describing rain is "20% chance" or "much needed" or "drought ending."

steppemum Sat 28-Sep-19 23:09:25

from a friend in Ireland
It's not raining, it's just that the wind is wet grin

Cecilandsnail Sat 28-Sep-19 23:11:59


MrsMoastyToasty Sat 28-Sep-19 23:13:12


In Bristol we also say that snow "pitches" when others say it "settles" or "lays".

Fraggling Sat 28-Sep-19 23:13:17

I think the article is about regional stuff tbh

No one says raining cats and dogs do they?

I say pissing it down, chucking it down
Downpour if v much

Drizzling? That feels important
Spitting also
Trying to rain =clouds and rain is coming but not quite...

Clearly not a definitive article

Maybe we have as many words for rain as (apparently) eskimos have for snow.

Ps raining 'on and off' here at mo!

Lougle Sat 28-Sep-19 23:28:22

So many. Torrential, 'like April showers but not April.' Monsoon.

Basdan Sun 29-Sep-19 02:26:46


jalopy Sun 29-Sep-19 09:48:45


Vintagevixen Sun 29-Sep-19 11:33:35

Stair rods for heavy rain, as in "its stair rods out there."

I definitely use pissing down, chucking it down, cats and dogs, drizzle, mizzling.

Vintagevixen Sun 29-Sep-19 11:35:06

Bucketing down and spitting too.

But then I love rainy weather and always get quite excited by it 😂

runlift Sun 29-Sep-19 14:56:51

I used cats and dogs.
Downpour, drizzle, pelting it down, raining buckets

BlackeyedGruesome Sat 19-Oct-19 19:41:19

I use: raining cats and dogs.
Siling it down
Coming down in stair rods
Spitting with rain
Chucking it down.

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