The weather here in New York has been on again, off again rain. There’s actually a verb in the Occitan language for this type of weather. (The Occitan language is a romance language that’s mainly spoken in southern France.)
The verb in Occitan is marcejar. It means “March-like weather”, meaning sun, then sudden rain, then sun again.
Marcejar comes from the Occitan word for March, which is Març. Març is similar to the French word for March, which is Mars. They’re pronounced the same.
I love finding words that exist in one language but not in others. If you know of any words like this, please share them in the comments below.
Thanks to Monique of Mama Lisa’s World en français for pointing out this interesting word to me.
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