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20 December 2008 @ 21:52
A headlong plunging year  

Since I intend to get on a plane tomorrow, I thought I'd see what my daily newspaper (online edition) had to say about what the weather has in store for us, which turned out to include the following sentence:

There are just 11 days left in 2008, but the most precipitous year on record is far from over.

I'm not sure I would—or could—have used "most precipitous" to mean 'having the most precipitation'; on the other hand, I can't think of a good concise alternative, either. ("Wettest" springs to mind, but that might be taken as referring only to rain, rather than to rain and snow and sleet and hail and whatever else has been dropping out of the sky on us over the last twelve months.)

Update: They've changed "most precipitous" to "soggiest."

Nuværende humør: gloomyprecipitous?
harkalark: Oharkalark on 21. December, 2008 03:36 (UTC)
*checks dictionary*

Nope, totally not what it means. Those wacky journalists.
Prof. Bleen6_bleen_7 on 21. December, 2008 04:19 (UTC)
Don't know about you, but this has been the steepest year I've ever encountered.
Merle: lambdamerle_ on 21. December, 2008 15:19 (UTC)
I would probably ditch that sentence structure and start over: "Even though this is already a year of record precipitation, we still have eleven days left, and more is expected to come." (assuming that was what they meant).
ext_140844 on 2. Januar, 2009 16:51 (UTC)
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One of my friends believes the Flood will happen again soon...
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Aw, this was a really nice post. In idea I would like to put in writing like this additionally - taking time and actual effort to make a very good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and by no means seem to get something done.