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To help clear something up, what do you call the long hump of snow piled up in front of your driveway when the snowplow goes by?

Date: 2008-12-22 07:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thesnark.livejournal.com
I call it the "ugly gray pile of slush".

Date: 2008-12-22 07:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ragdoll13.livejournal.com
OMG, THANK you. I spent thirty seconds standing in front of the Grand pointing at a berm and saying "berm" over and over again because I couldn't think of any other way to explain what I was trying to say.

I thought I was taking crazy pills.

Dictionary.com says that usage is regional to Alaska, which might explain some of my communication problems earlier... where did you pick this up, did you think?

Date: 2008-12-22 07:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skreidle.livejournal.com
I'd use berm more generally for a ridge of solid material, usually dirt. I have no specific term for plow-packed snow. :)

Date: 2008-12-22 07:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ragdoll13.livejournal.com
Well, in Anchorage you kind of have to have a word for it, because we'd have berms sometimes up to five feet tall. We kids used to dig tunnels in them.

Plus, what else would we say? "God damnit, the car's high-centered on the heap-of-snow-at-the-end-of-the-driveway-thingy!" "I don't care how cold it is, I need you and your brother to go shovel the the heap-of-snow-at-the-end-of-the-driveway-thingy!"

Date: 2008-12-22 07:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skreidle.livejournal.com
Sounds like a good term/usage, though the latter case might involve a flamethrower or jackhammer. :D

Date: 2008-12-22 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cheapdialogue.livejournal.com
I would normally too, but I understood the paticular type of man-made packed snow drift she was talking about.

Date: 2008-12-22 07:49 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-12-22 09:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rasputin.livejournal.com
I like "Terrence" myself.

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