In a word, or 2 or 3, S-N-O-W

January 21, 2000|By Rob Hiaasen | Rob Hiaasen,SUN STAFF

It was the most frequently used four-letter word yesterday in Baltimore.

Snow.

"For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth." (Job 37: 6)

"Let it snow."

"Snow expected to blanket state with 3 to 6 inches." (The Sun)

"Snow Stops Traffic Cold." (The Washington Post)

"The snow confounded air travelers and commuters." (Associated Press)

"It snowed and snowed, the whole world over, snow swept the world from end to end." (Boris Pasternak)

Snow: "1. particles of water vapor which when frozen in the upper air fall to earth as soft, white, crystalline flakes. 2. fluctuating spots appearing on a television screen as a result of a weak signal." ("Webster's New World College Dictionary")

Snow: "1. Cocaine crystals. 1956. 2. Cocaine in any form. 1930. 3. Any habit-forming narcotic. 4. Whipped cream." ("Dictionary of American Slang") "A heavy snowfall disappears into the sea. What silence!" (Zen saying)

"Snowfall, snowdrift, snowflake, snowman, snowplow, snowshoe, snowstorm, snowsuit." (Associated Press Stylebook)

"The most southerly snowfall in American weather history occurred at Homestead, Florida, where a trace was recorded on Jan. 19, 1977." ("The Old Farmer's Almanac's Book of Weather")

"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." (Robert Frost)

"The move from Baltimore came ... when Robert Irsay loaded the belongings of his Colts into a fleet of Mayflower vans and rumbled away to the west in a midnight snowstorm." (The Evening Sun)

"Snow Falling on Cedars." (David Guterson)

"The Snows of Kilimanjaro." (Ernest Hemingway)

"The first of December was covered with snow, and so was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston." (From James Taylor's "Sweet Baby James")

Snow ball, snow pudding, Snow Belt, snow birds, snow goose, snow job, snow tires. (The Synonym Finder)

Snow White.

"Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow." (Sarah Josepha Hale)

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." (Motto of U.S. Postal Service, translated from Herodotus)

"As pure as snow." (William Shakespeare)

In a word, it snowed yesterday.

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