Do you happen to know the derivation of “blizzard”?
It’s a relatively recent word, and it originated in the United States or England. By the early 1800s in this country, blizzard meant a cannon shot, a rapid volley of musket fire or a severe blow. Frontiersman Davey Crockett (1786-1836) was described as “speaking a blizzard” (a verbal blast) during a dinner speech and, on another occasion, taking a blizzard (a volley of shots) at a deer.
At about the same time in the English Midlands, blizzer referred to a severe wind and snow storm.
The first documented published uses of blizzard appeared in a few newspapers in Iowa in March and April of 1870 to describe a fierce winter storm in that area. Thereafter, blizzard came to be recognized as descriptive of a severe, wind-driven snowstorm.