Word Wednesday – Williwaw
• “Williwaw” is my word for WordWednesday.
• Noun: A sudden and violent gust of cold wind or a intense commotion
• Pronunciation – WILL-ih-waw
• If I am in a “Williwaw” I find it very disconcerting.
Closing Question – Interesting History
Does a “Williwaw” make you uncomfortable?
In 1900, Captain Joshua Slocum described williwaws as “compressed gales of wind … that Boreas handed down over the hills in chunks.” To unsuspecting sailors or pilots, such winds might seem to come out of nowhere—just like word williwaw did centuries ago. All anyone knows about the origin of the word is that it was first used by 19th-century writers to name fierce winds in the Strait of Magellan at the southern tip of South America. The writers were British, and indications are that they may have learned the word from British sailors and seal hunters.
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