Saturday, while watching a measly few rain drops ripple a rapidly drying up pond on the Isle of Wight, I realized our language doesn't describe light rains very well. We have lots of words for heavy rains; deluge, downpour, cats and dogs, wall of water, gully washer to name just a few. But when water's coming down lightly I can think only of misting, drizzle and sprinkle.
So we need a few more. Here are three proposals:
• inkle for when you can tell it's raining only by seeing ripples on a body of water or a few wet places on cement.
•rinkle for when you feel a few drops every few seconds and when the wet spots on the cement start to accumulate.
• prinkle for when things start to get wet, but you don't think you'll need to go inside.
How about you, got any ideas?
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