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slumry commented on the word weathergall
This makes me think of the saying that "the devil is beating his wife" when there is rain and sunshine at the same time.
June 28, 2007
elsabet commented on the word weathergall
From the OED:(n.) An imperfect rainbow, believed to be a presage of storm.Related words: (n.) watergall1594 SHAKES. Lucr. 1588 And round about her teare-distained eyeBlew circles stream'd, like Rain-bows in the skie. These watergalls in her dim Element, Foretell new stormes. (n.) windgall1823 J. F. COOPER Pilot I. ii. 19 There be streaked wind-galls in the offing, that speak...plainly...to shorten sail.