Definitions

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  • n. Air pollution caused by substances (such as sulphur dioxide) emitted by a volcano.

Etymologies

Blend of volcanic and smog. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • (Added: vog is volcanic fog, that is, the murky sulphuric haze burped by the volcano on the Big Island which can get particularly bad when the volcano is actively burping a lot AND when the trade winds, which blow out of the east, aren't blowing the vog west into the Pacific.)

    you know it's bad when your eyes are watering

  • Kona gets 10 inches of rain a year, but it experiences off-and-on plumes of volcano smoke and fog - called "vog" - that settle along the coast that turn the air into Los Angeles-in-the-tropics.

    The Seattle Times

  • HONOLULU - A local researcher said what Hawaii residents often call vog is a mix of volcanic ash and pollution. advertisement | The islands have ...

    WN.com - Articles related to Coffee growers' convention

  • HONOLULU - A local researcher said what Hawaii residents often call vog is a mix of volcanic ash and

    WN.com - Articles related to Hawaii Tourism Inches Up 2.4% In Dec.

  • A local researcher said what Hawaii residents often call vog is a mix of volcanic ash and pollution.

    KITV.com - Local New

  • [Sadly, this one's been edited down considerably:] "A vog is the video equivalent of a blog ... an informal, personal, desktop authored, low bandwidth, interactive digital movie."

    GreenCine Daily

  • Volcanic smog - known as vog - regularly emits from the crater, spreading a haze of toxic sulfur dioxide over the island.

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  • Big Islanders have long lived with vog, which is formed when sulfur dioxide from Kilauea mixes with sunlight and dust particles.

    Starbulletin Headlines

  • "vog" - that's volcano fog - has been an issue not just for the Big Island, but occasionally for Oahu and Maui.

    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Top Stories

  • Offshore, the "vog" of the furry sky gave the motionless sea the overboiled appearance of reheated soup, and in places the ocean was as scummy and opaque as tepid bath water.

    Beard

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  • Vog: Volcanic fog.

    The air in Hawaii is thick with vog.

    June 18, 2009

  • Haha!

    January 11, 2008

  • pbbbttt?

    January 11, 2008

  • I'm trying to imagine the sound of flipping through Wordie pages....

    January 10, 2008

  • But jennarenn, we're counting on you to keep track of Conversations. Keep listing them! And anywordie who has such a list can put a link under conversations.

    January 10, 2008

  • The Gashlycrumb Tinies on YouTube

    January 10, 2008

  • Hee. It took me a few minutes to realize that eleven thousand words wasn't hyperbole.

    January 10, 2008

  • It's pages like this that make me want to print out wordie and bind it into a book. Wouldn't you just love to flip through the pages and hear the paper rustle? A year from now, will I remember this little thread? If I do, will I be able to find it??? I remember a similar episode on a long-forgotten word. Something about somebody wanted to display their leet knowledge of something. What will we do when we can't remember where to find all the good conversations? :(

    edit: I found it! The comment was made on ennui. My faith in Wordie is restored. :)

    January 10, 2008

  • I knew someone named Vishnyu Abeyguneywardena, but we called him Vish.

    Guess that's not quite the same.

    January 10, 2008

  • Seems like a variant of fug. Also defined as a "Pejorative word using to curse men without having to slander dogs", on Langmaker.

    January 10, 2008

  • I knew someone called Vonig who was Vog to his friends.

    January 10, 2008

  • Hmm. *stroking chin* Don't know. I'll have to think about it, c_b. Meantime, why don't you go add some words?? Mwwaaahaha!

    January 10, 2008

  • Do you really, reesetee? Do you think it might be because--oh, I don't know--you have ELEVEN THOUSAND WORDS?!
    *is jealous*

    Wordometer envy.

    January 10, 2008

  • There must be a name for that sensation, or we'll have to come up with one. I do that 10 times a day on Wordie. :-)

    January 10, 2008

  • Usage, from "The Explainer" on Slate.com:
    "Even without medical or radioactive waste, volcanoes already release dangerous gases into the environment. In Cameroon, carbon-dioxide pollution from a volcanic crater lake asphyxiated several thousand valley-dwelling people when it displaced the available oxygen. Active volcanoes in Hawaii have caused problems with acid rain and "vog," a combination of volcanic gases and fog."

    I got all excited thinking it was a new word I could add to Wordie. Not only did uselessness beat me to it, but I already knew this word, so... I beat myself to it...?

    January 10, 2008

  • What a very cool three-letter word. I wonder if there should be a list for fog terms. And then I wonder if they all rhyme with "fog."

    March 6, 2007

  • I just learned this word today. Apparently it's a Hawaiian term to describe a dark fog caused by volcanic ash in the air. In that regard, it's similar to smog (smoke + fog).

    March 6, 2007