15 Wonderful Regional Expressions for Describing Warm Weather

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With the summer in full swing, you might be running out of ways to describe the sweltering heat. Why not look to the rest of the country for inspiration? These colorful expressions will help you really get your point across. 

1. HOTTER THAN DUTCH LOVE 

People in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and New York are fond of this saying. It’s likely referring to the Pennsylvania Dutch, and not people who hail from the Netherlands. 

2. IT’S A BARN-BURNER 

A barn-burner can also refer to a spectacular event or a match you can strike on any surface.  People from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland are known to use this phrase. 

3. HOT ENOUGH TO SCALD A LIZARD 

When the temperature rises in Peak, South Carolina, this is the phrase locals turn to. 

4. THE HEAT'S ON

Just like a stove, the weather is heating up.

5. IT’S A HUMDINGER 

You might have heard your grandfather use this expression, which inexplicably has fallen out of favor in recent times. 

6. HOTTER THAN A STOLEN TAMALE 

This phrase is prevalent in Texas. 

7. SHE SURE IS A-BEAMIN' 

Residents of Silver City, New Mexico, have this cheerful phrase to fall back on. 

8. AWFUL SELSERY 

People in Kaskaskia, Illinois, use this nonsense phrase when the heat is unbearable. 

9. HOT ENOUGH TO SCALD A LOON 

When these aquatic birds are getting scalded by the water, you know it’s too hot. 

10. HOT AS A FIRECRACKER 

People in Minneapolis, Minnesota, use this festive expression throughout the summer—not just on the Fourth of July.

11. IT WAS A WARM DAY AND THE HORSES SWEAT 

This was a common expression in the 1970s. 

12. HOTTER THAN BLUE BLAZES 

The people of Alabama use this euphemism to compare scalding temperatures to you-know-where.

13. TRAINING GROUNDS FOR DOWN BELOW 

Citizens of Macon, Georgia also have an inventive way to compare the weather to Hades’s domain.  

14. THE BEAR GOT HIM 

People in South Carolina are known to use this wild exclamation. The “bear” in this case is heatstroke.

15. IT’S A TORCHER 

You can hear this expression in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

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Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

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Why Do We Say ‘Spill the Beans’?

This is a Greek tragedy.
This is a Greek tragedy.
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Though superfans of The Office may claim otherwise, the phrase spill the beans did not originate when Kevin Malone dropped a massive bucket of chili at work during episode 26 of season five. In fact, people supposedly started talking about spilling the beans more than 2000 years ago.

According to Bloomsbury International, one voting method in ancient Greece involved (uncooked) beans. If you were voting yes on a certain matter, you’d place a white bean in the jar; if you were voting no, you’d use your black bean. The jar wasn’t transparent, and since the votes were meant to be kept secret until the final tally, someone who accidentally knocked it over mid-vote was literally spilling the beans—and figuratively spilling the beans about the results.

While we don’t know for sure that the phrase spill the beans really does date all the way back to ancient times, we do know that people have used the word spill to mean “divulge” at least since the 16th century. The Oxford English Dictionary’s earliest known reference of it is from a letter written by Spanish chronicler Antonio de Guevara sometime before his death in 1545 (the word spill appears in Edward Hellowes’s 1577 translation of the letter).

Writers started to pair spill with beans during the 20th century. The first known mention is from Thomas K. Holmes’s 1919 novel The Man From Tall Timber: “‘Mother certainly has spilled the beans!’ thought Stafford in vast amusement.”

In short, it’s still a mystery why people decided that beans were an ideal food to describe spilling secrets. As for whether you’re imagining hard, raw beans like the Greeks used or the tender, seasoned beans from Kevin Malone’s ill-fated chili, we’ll leave that up to you.

[h/t Bloomsbury International]