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“Never stop learning.”

Since: Sep 09

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#1 Feb 6, 2010
I didn't get to get photos of the last snow, so I thought I'd get some today. I love where I live. The only time you can see the road is when the leaves are off the trees. Nice and peaceful.
mean and lean

Frankfort, KY

#2 Mar 3, 2010
please look up def of skiff
CAN DO IT

Frankfort, KY

#3 Mar 3, 2010
Looks like a boat to me. You are thinking of spliff

“Never stop learning.”

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#4 Mar 3, 2010
A “skiff” of snow is a light flurry or cover of snow, but you can also have “skiffs,” light showers, of rain, or even a “skiff” of light wind.
The first thing to occur to most people on hearing this use of “skiff” is whether the snow-shower sort of “skiff” might somehow be related to “skiff” meaning a small, light boat of the sort often carried by larger ships for various purposes (ferrying passengers to shore, etc.). After all, the nautical “skiff” has the SAME relation in size to the larger ship as a light “skiff” of snow would bear to a real snowstorm (about and eighth of the size). Alas, metaphor fans, such is not the case. The nautical “skiff” is not related to the snow “skiff.” The boat “skiff,” which first appeared in English in the late 16th century, comes from the French “esquif,” which in turn was derived from the Old High German “scif,” meaning “ship,” which came from the same ancient Germanic root that gave us the word “ship” itself. A slight detour through Dutch at one point also gave us the word “skipper” for the captain of a ship.

The “snow” kind of “skiff” comes from an entirely different source. The noun “skiff” is drawn from the Scots verb “to skiff,” meaning “to move lightly and quickly, barely touching the surface”(”Neat she was … As she came skiffing o’er the dewy green,” 1725) or “to glide or skim”(”Rude storms assail the mountain’s brow That lightly skiff the vale below,” 1807). Just where this verb “to skiff” came from is a mystery, but it seems to be related to the verb “to scuff” in the sense of “to brush against something lightly.”“Scuff” is at least partly onomatopoeic or “echoic” in origin, formed in imitation of the sound of the action."

This word is of Scottish origin,“skiff” of snow (a flurry or dusting) used in those provinces and in the Prairies. This is not the same skiff as the boat of that name, but a Viking variant of the Anglo-Saxon word “shift”—because light snow shifts around in the wind.(Since the Vikings settled mostly in the northeastern part of Great Britain, many Scottish words have Norse roots.)"

The phrase "skiff of snow" is an idiom. If you don't know that an idiom is here is the definition for you.

"id·i·om (
1. A speech form or an expression of a given language that is peculiar to itself grammatically or cannot be understood from the individual meanings of its elements, as in keep tabs on.
2. The specific grammatical, syntactic, and structural character of a given language.
3. Regional speech or dialect."

Now, I think you all need to expand upon your colloquial speech and learn the expressions of other cultures and people. That way YOU can keep learning.
mean and lean

Frankfort, KY

#5 Mar 5, 2010
thanks for the skiff of info!

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