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Mizzling; this is a word that only my immediate family seem to use in the area where I live, Doncaster in northern England. It means when there's fine, spray-like drizzle, and it's misty. I'm wondering if people have any other terms for this type of weather?

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It's a term used in these parts too though not sure how widespread. It's certainly well used in my family as it's a frequent occurrence here.

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We use same term for that ppn between mist and drizzle...although maybe I'm influenced by having a father from Manchester and a mother from Nottingham...

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I'm pretty sure the word mizzle was "invented" by Francis Wilson.

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I'd never heard it before, but I instantly knew what was meant by it.  I like to define it as wet beard weather.

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I though it was a Cornish/Westcountry word, never heard it used round here. We get it, but I just know it as "that annoying soaking drizzle".

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My grandmother was the one who seemed to use it all the time. She was from Staffordshire, so maybe the word originates from there.

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https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/mizzle

 

 

Etymology

From Middle English misellen â€Ž(“to drizzleâ€). Cognate with Low German musseln â€Ž(“to mizzleâ€), Dutch miezelen â€Ž(“to drizzle, rain gentlyâ€). Of obscure origin, but apparently related to Middle Low German mes â€Ž(“urineâ€), Middle Dutch mesmis â€Ž(“urineâ€), both from Old Saxon mehs â€Ž(“urineâ€), from Proto-Germanic *mihstuz*mihstaz*mihsk- â€Ž(“urineâ€), from Proto-Germanic *mÄ«ganÄ… â€Ž(“to urinateâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *meiǵʰ-*omeiǵʰ- â€Ž(“to urinateâ€). Compare also English micturate â€Ž(“to urinateâ€), Old Frisian mese â€Ž(“urineâ€), Low German miegen â€Ž(“to urinateâ€), Dutch mijgen â€Ž(“to urinateâ€), Danish mige â€Ž(“to urinateâ€).

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