Hare illustration by Hannah Foley (www.owlingabout.co.uk). This image is copyrighted.Since moving to Scotland I have not only learnt lots of new words for mud, I have also learnt lots of new words for rain. Today would be classed as mizzle. Mizzle is less than a drizzle but more than a wet mist, although it can occur along side mist. It is also distinct from dripping. Dripping being nothing like the term “dripping wet.” Only in a country where there is so much rain could there be such nuances!

Here is a hare I was asked to draw by a customer before Christmas. It was a Christmas present so I’m safe to post it up now, Apparently it went down very well, which is always lovely to hear.

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2 Responses to Mizzle

  1. Sue says:

    It certainly has been driech the day! My dad uses the word “smirr” ,which I think is similar in meaning to your word “mizzle”.
    “Ian Rankinโ€™s description in Black & Blue (1997) hits the nail on
    the head: โ€œit wasnโ€™t real rain, it was smirr, a fine spray-mist which drenched you before you knew it.”(Scots Language Centre)

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