Snowpocalypse

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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.”

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  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.

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