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Word for Hard Slush Buildup in the Wheel Well of the Car
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2008/12/23
7:29pm
Natalie Stark
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Is there a word for the hard slush buildup in the wheel well of the car in winter? I’ve always called them “chunkers”. Is there another name for it?

2009/01/02
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I calls them “slush puppies” :) and kicks them off as soon as I gets home.

2009/01/04
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Here in Nova Scotia those chunky bits are known as………snow boogers!

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2009/01/23
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I heard a contest for new words on “All Things Considered” several years ago, and one of the words suggested for this substance was snard.  I always thought that that was an excellent word for it.  It was a suggested word, not one in any dictionary, and has not caught on, but it should!!

2009/03/03
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My siblings and I used to call that stuff “tire snot.”

2009/03/07
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Well, we received so many responses about this that we’re going to do an update on a future show. So stay tuned! (Of course, I don’t have to tell YOU guys that, right?) :-)

2009/03/16
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What is anything that builds up over time called? How about snow plaque? Snowver spray? It really seems like there should be an existing term applied to it rather than a silly nonsensical word.

2009/03/18
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I am in Wisconsin while listening to the discussion of a word for the mass of snow, ice, dirt, salt, etc., that accumulates in car wheel wells in these northern climes. I call this a shlump, which not only clearly describes this lump of slush, but also represents the sound it makes when it drops off.

2009/03/22
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In the Northwest, we called them “Hitchhikers”. Skiiers would bring them off the mountain after a weekend of skiing. Some would fall of in the warmer air (Thanks for the lift, man!) and others would wait until the car was parked and melt away.

2009/03/22
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I dunno, Darrell, I like all these invented words. (“Snow plaque”? Or “snow tartar,” maybe?)

2009/03/22
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Oooo, shlump and hitchikers work for me!

Hmmmm, “hitchikers”…. “snoboes”?

2012/11/09
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In northern Michigan, some call them “snow turds.” I carry a rubber mallet to chisel them.

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