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  • 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

  • From the OED:

    (n.) An imperfect rainbow, believed to be a presage of storm.

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    (n.) watergall
    1594 SHAKES. Lucr. 1588
    And round about her teare-distained eye
    Blew circles stream'd, like Rain-bows in the skie.
    These watergalls in her dim Element,
    Foretell new stormes.


    (n.) windgall
    1823 J. F. COOPER Pilot I. ii. 19
    There be streaked wind-galls in the offing, that speak...plainly...to shorten sail.

    June 28, 2007