Sunday, April 1, 2018

Window-weather

You know those times when you look out the window and the weather looks amazing, but when you go outside it's actually really cold?

This happens to me all the time! I'll look outside, think it looks really warm, so I'll go out to run in a T-shirt and shorts.  Then once I'm outside, I realize it's much chillier than I thought, or there's a previously undetected wind.  But I'm already out there, and it's too much trouble to go back, so I shiver through the first mile until I warm up.

I discovered there's actually a word for this phenomenon!  It's Gluggave├░ur, an Icelandic word that means "window-weather," the kind of weather that is nice to look at, but not experience.

Why don't we have this word (besides not being able to pronounce it)?  I could see its usefulness in many situations:

"I didn't run very far today, but it was because of the window-weather."

"It looked so nice out during the meeting and I wished I had gone skiing instead, but I was relieved to see it was just window-weather."

"You better pack more layers for the hike today.  Don't be fooled by the window-weather."

As if there weren't enough reasons to love Iceland already!



8 comments:

  1. Great word--could be useful in other situations, too! "He seemed like a nice guy when I first met him, but he really was just window-weather." "That outfit looked good online, but it the fit turned out to be window-weather." But since I have no idea how to pronounce it, maybe I couldn't use it at all--a window-weather word. Have a good day, Knees. Love, Ant

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    1. That's a good idea! So many possibilities.

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  2. Window-weather this week and today! Sunny...but cooold. Ray for Iceland, which has many women in top governmental positions and just passed legislation requiring equal pay throughout the country!!

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    1. I love Iceland! I have yet to see it in the winter though.

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  3. We don't have much of that here in Portland. When it's raining outside, it looks pretty darn dismal. Looks like you're in Iceland. If so, have a great time!

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    1. I'm not, unfortunately, but I want to go back. It sounds like your window-weather is the same as your actual weather.

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  4. We definitely need that word in the English language!!!

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