Word of the Week: Weather

The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore broadcasts news about the impending blizzard in Washington in front of the Capitol on Jan. 21. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Weather . The climate of an hour. A permanent topic of conversation among persons whom it does not interest, but who have inherited the tendency to chatter about it from naked arboreal ancestors whom it keenly concerned. The setting up of official weather bureaus and their maintenance in mendacity prove that even governments are accessible to suasion by the rude forefathers of the jungle.  

From "The Devil's Dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce .

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