Snowpocalypse

32644347511_abc2a638f7_k

Snowpocalypse | Hyperbole, Slang | A dramatic (and sometimes not even remotely ironic) means of describing a snowfall in Vancouver. The term is commonly used across North America but here it is employed irrespective of accumulation, so both in the wake of major snowstorms and flurries where the white stuff doesn’t even stick to the ground. A linguistic testament to any (or all) of the following:

a.) Vancouver’s unfamiliarity with snow
b.) Vancouver’s tendency to overreact and perceive crises in calm
c.) Vancouver’s lack of confidence in its snow removal regime
d.) Vancouver’s quickness to make light of its own faults

The term is interchangeable with the equally hyperbolic “Snowmageddon”.

Usage: “Despite the snowpocalypse, what snowballs could be made had to be used twice.”

There are 2 comments

  1. I for one hope that Snowpocalypse is just one of the reasons that our current regime experiences change! Prioritizing bike lanes over enforcing sidewalk snow removal is just banal. Too bad the NPA are just as incompetent as always.

  2. Born and raised in Vancouver. Media has greatly exaggerated the snowfall here in Vancouver and Lower Mainland. Quite embarrassing. What they must think of us back East. In my opinion I embrace the snow and prefer to go to a Winter destination instead. Embrace and accept whatever mother natures brings to us.

The Vancouver Alley That Once Passed Laws, Stashed Opium and Sold Tomatoes

"You hear all these great stories about the former glories of Market Alley, but it's hard to imagine it because of the stench of piss..."

The One Day a Year When Local Ants Get Freaky in Your Face, Literally

"It's gotta be Flying Ant Day because there are half a dozen of the sexed up critters currently writhing in my beer..."

The Town Fool Who Wanted to Contribute to Vancouver's "Imagination Explosion"

"In a town so full of fools it's odd that there has only ever been one 'official' Town Fool, and that was Joachim Foikus..."

One of Vancouver's Most Sorely Missed Restaurants Was Accessed Via a Secret Door in Chinatown for Over 60 Years

"My parents used to tell stories about sneaking beers into the Green Door and feasting big on spot prawns and fresh crab..."