In northern Michigan, some call them "snow turds." I carry a rubber mallet to chisel them.
Oooo, shlump and hitchikers work for me!
Hmmmm, "hitchikers".... "snoboes"?
I dunno, Darrell, I like all these invented words. ("Snow plaque"? Or "snow tartar," maybe?)
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.
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.
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.
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?) 🙂
My siblings and I used to call that stuff "tire snot."
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!!
Here in Nova Scotia those chunky bits are known as.........snow boogers!
I calls them “slush puppies” and kicks them off as soon as I gets home.
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?