Particularly in the Southern United States, there are lots of fanciful terms for “a sudden, heavy rain” that involve the downpour’s after-effects. For starters, there’s gully-washer, frog-strangler, toad-strangler, toadfrog-strangler, fish-drownder, goose-drownder, frog-drownder, chicken-drownder, fence-lifter, bridge-lifter, trash-mover, trash-floater, chunk-mover, stump-mover, gully-buster, gulley-maker, and gully-hopper.

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