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Hiker’s Midnight

Another hiking term from Journeys North: The Pacific Crest Trail (Bookshop|Amazon) by Barney Scout Mann is hiker’s midnight, which actually denotes a time closer to 9 p.m. After you’ve hiked a good 20 miles, you’ve set up came, and...

Cover the Sun With a Finger

Sam in Westville, Indiana, heard a woman from Puerto Rico use the expression You cannot cover the sun with a finger, referring to the problem of having more things to work on than she could handle. The Spanish expression tapar el sol con un dedo, or...

Sucker Hole

When Mary from Hanover, New Hampshire, was vacationing in Alaska, she picked up a term from the locals: sucker hole. It refers to a patch of sun peeking through the clouds, which leads tourists to assume that the weather is going to clear up. The...

Sundog Origins

Eleven-year-old Ben calls from Rapids City to ask about the term sundog, the meteorological phenomenon in which a bright spot appears to the left or right of the sun. No one knows the origin of this term. Synonyms include mock sun, weather gall, and...