Idiolect: Weathers

From Michael Enright, host of CBC Sunday Edition

Canadians are a winter people and we know the indifference of nature — Michael’s essay

From time to time, I am roundly criticized by listeners for using the phrase, “all the news and all the weathers.” Plural.

I make no apologies. I take my cue from Mr. Twain: “In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather in 24 hours.”

Writers and poets have made the weather a staple of their creative work.

The English critic, John Ruskin, rhapsodized about every element of weather.

“There is no such thing as bad weather,” he wrote, “Only different kinds of good weather.”

And so for day 2830

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