Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Little Things Which Amuse

Adolf has taken a while to adjust from NZ weather forecasts to South Australian forecasts. It's the subtlety of vocabulary, you see.

Try this for size - from today's forecast, courtesy of the federal Bureau of Meteorology:-

Thursday      Possible shower.                       Min 10    Max 19
Friday Mainly fine. Partly cloudy. Min 12 Max 19
Saturday Showers. Min 13 Max 18
Sunday Shower or two. Min 10 Max 16
Monday A few showers. Min 9 Max 17
Tuesday Shower or two. Min 11 Max 15
Now the burning question is, how many millimetres of rain do they expect on each day? These guys should have been economists.

Over the weeks gone by it appears 'shower or two' is the most popular contender although the other day there were seven short sharp showers.

On the positive side at least here, unlike in NZ, the TV weather hacks can actually pronounce the word 'showers' with two syllables.


Anonymous said...

Yes, but the media here also has howers.

Psycho Milt said...

...the TV weather hacks can actually pronounce the word 'showers' with two syllables.

The NZers may not be able to put two syllables into "showers," but they more than make up for it with their ability to put two syllables into "known" or "shown." So their total syllables for any particular sentence probably works out OK.

JC said...


How common.


Adolf Fiinkensein said...


On NZ TV it's 'shows' as rhymes with cows.

In Australia it's 'show' as rhymes with cow followeds by 'ers' as rhymes with errs as in to err is human.

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Wow now that's interesting thank you for posting it

Anonymous said...

This is increasingly like MSM - pointless. There's important stuff going on out there and we don't need fluff.

JC said...

"Sha-wers" is the US pronunciation. "Shour" (rhymes with cow) is (from Middle English Shour) is the UK pronunciation.


gravedodger said...

Anonymous @ 8 15, probably pointless to you as you have absolutely no comprehension of what the big persons are talking about.
Back to the various grunts used in your cave for communication.