Thursday, June 02, 2016

To Haboob or Not to Haboob?

Is my car in there somewhere?

Althouse points to objections from Texans over the use of "haboob" to describe what most Texans (and Arizonans) have long called a "dust storm."

The local weather reporters in Phoenix use "haboob" but we should consider the unique pressures of their position.

Since a weather reporter in Phoenix needs something exotic to spice up what must be one of the most boring jobs in the world, their eager adoption of the term should be forgiven.

That's provided they properly pronounce "rodeo."


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