lördag 16 december 2023



Snowbound Express

How vividly do I remember the Christmas eve and Christmas day of 1882! Ten years make great changes in our lives. To-day I am a well-to-do business man, and expect to spend Christmas in my cozy home, with wife and family, and not on the wild, bleak prairies, expecting every moment a dreadful railway catastrophe.”

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”We were given free passes as far as Winnipeg. There was a station which needed two operators, some fifty miles up the line, and we were both sent there, arriving on Christmas eve”.

”A Christmas Adventure” hör inte till de juliga berättelserna som får dig att ramla ned i en nostalgisk grop.

Det vill säga, om man inte som jag har erfarenhet av prärien i Manitoba, där det alltid blåser. Men vad jag upplevt i den vägen måste nog betraktas som ljuva västanvindar jämfört med den här berättelsens oväder.

Du hittar berättelsen i ”A Lover in Homespun / And Other Stories” av F. Clifford Smith”.

Nog låter ordet ”blizzard” våldsamt — eller gör det det, bara för att jag vet vad det betyder

Did you know?

The earliest recorded appearance of the word blizzard meaning “a severe snowstorm” was in the April 23, 1870 issue of a newspaper published in Estherville, Iowa. Blizzard shows up again during the following years in several newspapers in Iowa and neighboring states, and by 1888, when a snowstorm paralyzed the Eastern seaboard, the word was well-known nationally. However, in other senses, the word blizzard existed earlier. Davy Crockett, for instance, used it twice in the 1830s, once to mean a rifle blast and once to mean for a blast of words. All of these uses seem related, but the ultimate origin of the word is still unclear.


origin unknown

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler

The first known use of blizzard was in 1870

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