Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hoarfrost or Pogonip?

Hoarfrost or Pogonip, that is the question.  What do you call it?  I grew up with my dad calling it hoarfrost.  I had never heard the word pogonip until I moved to Nevada.   I think, but am not sure, that pogonip is a regional native-American word.    But what do I know?
When we were kids, my brother and I just laughed to hear my dad say hoarfrost.  All we heard was WHORE.  We got the biggest kick out of that, because we weren't accustom to  hearing 'bad' words (boy has my life changed.  Not only do I hear them now, I also use them.)   Another saying of my dad's that could send us into fits of giggles was   "a whore in church"......  my dad would use that phrase to describe someone who was nervous or fidgety.   "That kid's as nervous as a whore in church!"

It didn't take much to amuse us.

Hoarfrost or Pogonip?  Last week it was all over the bushes and trees in my back yard.

9 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Pogonip is new to me - it's hoarfrost around here.

Karen said...

I never heard of hoarfrost until I moved up here. Never heard of pogonip, either. Pretty pictures!

justjoycee said...

Hi Debbie,

I live in Miami, Florida and have never seen snow much less hoarfrost/pogonip.....but it is very beautiful!!!!!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I have never heard of either - its always been known as frost here. I may have learned something new today! :)

Shelby said...

Never heard of either myself! Its funny, your post makes me giggle as if I was a kid hearing those phrases myself! BTW, whichever it is...it is very pretty!

Brenda said...

I've heard of hoarfrost but never knew what it was. I don't think I've ever seen anything like that Debbie. Wow! It's not like "regular" frost, is it? Very cool! And P.S., apparently you're no longer a slacker, 2 posts in one week. :o)

Luanne said...

Hoarfrost in my part of Canada. It is beautiful isn't it? Never heard of pogonip though

teresa said...

i've never heard of either, but it sure is beautiful!!

MM said...

I've never heard of either! And I don't think I've ever seen frost like this. Very pretty. If we have frost, it's just plain old frost.

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