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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What’s the Difference Between a Tiara and a Crown?

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Fancy headgear of any kind is often a dead giveaway that the wearer is of some importance, be it the bride-to-be at a bachelorette party or the Queen of England herself. But while you might refer to those ornate accessories as crowns or tiaras without giving too much thought to which term is most accurate, there are specific differences between the two accessories.

One way to distinguish a crown from a tiara is by looking at who’s wearing it. Traditionally, only sovereigns don crowns, while other members of the royal family and nobility occasionally wear coronets, which are essentially smaller, less elaborate crowns. You don’t have to be royal to wear a tiara, but you do have to be a bride or a married woman (at least if you’re following tradition).

“The tiara has its roots in classical antiquity and was seen as an emblem of the loss of innocence to the crowning of love,” Geoffrey Munn, jewelry expert and author of Tiaras: A History of Splendour, told Town & Country.

According to Insider, there is one exception to this rule: If you’re born a princess, you can wear a tiara when you’re still single. Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter, Princess Anne, for example, wore her mother’s Cartier Halo  tiara during a trip to New Zealand in 1970, a few years before she was married. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, who didn’t hail from royalty, both wore tiaras for the first time on their wedding days.

The designs for tiaras and crowns differ, too. As Jewelry Shopping Guide explains, a crown is always a full circle, while a tiara is sometimes only semi-circular. Crowns are also usually larger—and taller—than tiaras. And though there aren’t any specific rules about what gems or materials crowns and tiaras should include, crowns are often more colorful and ostentatious than tiaras. Britain’s Imperial State Crown, for instance, includes sapphires, rubies, emeralds, purple velvet, and more.

However, since there isn’t a headdress enforcement squad in Britain or anywhere else (at least not one that we know of), there’s no reason you can’t sport a crown during your next Zoom happy hour, royal or not.

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