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November 25th, 2005

Butt Cold

When someone says, “It’s cold outside,” chances are their definition of cold differs from your own, depending on where each of you grew up. Well, today, let’s try to define how cold is cold… specifically, when is it cold enough for you declare that it’s “butt cold” outside?

This morning was the first real “butt cold” morning at my house, at 27 degrees with a 15 degree wind chill.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Friday November 25, 2005 -- 11:33:52 am
We usually refer to that kind of cold with the similar expression, "cold ass." The second word is usually accented for emphasis. This morning, it was cold ASS!

If it's colder, then we use an expression similar to yours, "Butt-ass cold." Colder? "Butt-ass cold ASS." Even colder? Then begin to add expletives to the front. For example:

"It was so f---ing butt-ass cold ASS that when I took a pee in the snow, my dick broke off!" This was a favorite expression when I did construction, and was reserved for days in which the temperature with severe windchill was in the thirties below zero or lower.

FROM: Hassan I. Sabbah
DATE: Tuesday November 29, 2005 -- 12:31:13 pm
There is the old Jewish saying "The weather was so bad it blew my gahdkahs off!"" Gahdkahs" is a Yiddish word meaning underwear. Another one of those furrin words that works better than it's English equivalent.

FROM: jeff prendergast
DATE: Friday December 2, 2005 -- 9:57:20 pm
The most colorful phrase I have come across for bad weather was in a novel I read that was about some people in Canada. It was some part of the country that usually had blizzards in the winter. "It's cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey!".

FROM: Skyforum [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday December 25, 2005 -- 2:08:37 pm
We don't even change out of our T-Shirts around here until water freezes.

"Don't need a jacket till the Coors Beer Plant Freezes"

Golden, Colorado.

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