Saturday, May 1, 2010


Quick update to let everyone know I am still here. Keeping my head above water. Barely. Just finished up with the team that was here with two full days of medical clinics in 100 degree heat, 80% humidity - let's just say it was HOT! I often wonder why countries that have a lot of heat don't have a lot of words for it. Let's see...according to 1. heated; fiery, burning, scorching; scalding, boiling; torrid, sultry. 4. biting, piquant, sharp, spicy. 5. fervid; fiery, passionate, intense, excitable, impetuous; angry, furious, irate, violent. Now, #4 and #5 clearly are not for weather hot - so let's count them - 8 words...Only...don't the Eskimo's have some crazy amount of words for snow?! Let's face it - it sure would be boring if everytime an Eskimo talked about snow they only said - gee...there's snow outside. Because their life revolves around snow, they have a LOT of words for it (if anyone knows how many - I would love to know). So - why isn't the opposite true? In a country where your life revolves around how HOT it is, there are so few words for it? And, not much different in Spanish! So I feel I want to start making up some words - I guess it would just make me feel better - I could say - "WOW was it a heated, fiery, burning, scorching, scalding, boiling, torrid, sultry, redoferous, stempious, quiferiod, beltos kind of day!" Now THEN I would be satisfied :-) But - instead - I guess we are just stuck with our 8 - So I think I will just say it was a scorching kind of day!".

The team has to be at the airport at some crazy time like 0400 in the morning, so we must be up at 0230 to go get them from their hotel and get them to the airport. We then have a day to catch our breath, a day to prepare for our new team mates - then they arrive! Can't EVEN wait!!! WOOHOO!!!

P.S. -- 0kay - so I just googled the answer - and low and behold it's just an urban legend that there are 100 words for snow - only 12...bummer! BUT - that STILL beats the 8 for English "hot"...


Ellie said...

Sweltering, suffocating (ok, it is not a word for hot, but it should be.)
Baking, broiling, humid, oppressive, scorching, sizzling, stifling, stuffy, sultry,

yeah... doesn't change it now matter what you call it, does it?

Hang in there!

Missionaries in La Ceiba, Honduras said...

Hey girl - GOOD additions :-) Let's see how many more we can come up with - as I said - for some bizarre reason it just makes it more tolerable :-)