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I read recently that when faced with life in a "foreign" country, our immigrant ancestors had challenges with language and local colloquialisms.
Ol' Myrt here can certainly relate, having developed a fondness for "sunny, warm beaches" and "balmy sub-tropical nights." In fact, talking with Russ back in Florida yesterday (experiencing 80 degrees Fahrenheit with little humidity) was a stark contrast to the weather here in the intermountain west (snowy, with a high today of 28.) Now I am having to learn such terms as defined by the good folks at Dictionary.com:
-- alpenglow: a reddish glow seen near sunset or sunrise on the summits of mountains.
--wind-chill factor: The temperature of windless air that would have the same effect on exposed human skin as a given combination of wind speed and air temperature.
Last evening the local TV station, KSL Channel 5 talked about the upcoming SNOW storm as being a CAT2. To me that meant category 2 HURRICANE.
To ol' Myrt here, benches are those hard wooden things you sit on at church, though here, benches are the lower not-too-steep portions of the mountains where people have built houses. Since we don't' have mountains in Florida, I have nothing with which to compare. (!)
If you need to find the definition of an archaic GENEALOGY term, check out the links at Cyndi's List: http://www.cyndislist.com/diction.htm
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Happy family tree climbing!