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July 22, 2011

THE VIEW FROM ARIZONA

Don't call our dust storm haboobs

(Thanks to Chuck Cody)

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Having just moved to AZ, I prefer the term 'muthaf##king dust storm.' although hearing the broadcasters refer to multiple dust storms as Haboobies was entertaining.

COUNTERPOINT: Don't call our haboobs dust storms.

And don't mess with my toot-toot.

I think the writer of that article, Don Yonts, has been in the heat a little too much! Waves @ Hammie.

Don Yonts for President!

Sorry, Dave.

Just now, the time stamp on the op-ed is 8:28 p.m. and the temperature there is 102 degrees, in other words, typical summer conditions for the desert. Indignation is one thing, but if somebody can work up enough energy to type a letter to the editor in that heat, they've just moved up a grade in awesomeness. More power to them. It's an Arizona dust storm, then.

Waves@nursecindy!!!!!

I am insulted that local TV news crews are now calling this kind of storm a haboob. How do they think our soldiers feel coming back to Arizona and hearing some Middle Eastern term that is clearly an Arizona phenomenon?

I'm with nursecindy on this one. There are a LOT of crazies in Arizona (waves at Hammie) and Mr. Yonts is clearly a haboob.

Now that's a haboob.

(or do I mean 'haboobs'?)

I'm with Yonts. I grew up in the AZ desert, and "dust storms" were common. The problem with AZ is that most of the people there moved in from elsewhere, so the populace tends to be unfamiliar with the interesting local flora, fauna, and climate.

However, I should stipulate that I like haboobs. Haboobs are wonderful things. Everybody should have ready access to haboobs.

Posted by: Bjdeming:
"Just now, the time stamp on the op-ed is 8:28 p.m. and the temperature there is 102 degrees, in other words, typical summer conditions for the desert. Indignation is one thing, but if somebody can work up enough energy to type a letter to the editor in that heat, they've just moved up a grade in awesomeness."
The sun is down by that time of day, so it's not all that hot as long as the humidity is not up. Ayway, you can rest assured that Don (Yonts) the Xenophobe has air conditioning.
You notice he wants a dust storm called what HE'S used to calling it - how about all those poor Native Americans who have to listen to idiots like him who refuse to use the proper word, i.e., the name used by the first people here to describe it:

"In Pima, a language spoken by people in [the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community], plus the Gila River Tohono O'odham reservations, dust storms are called "jegos."

It's pronounced more like "jeh-gis" than anything rhyming with Legos."

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2011/07/haboobs_in_arizo...

***The Maricopa don't have a precise name for the dust storms..."Dust" is "mpoth," in Maricopa, (pronounced "empoatch"). But if a Maricopa stepped out of his home 500 years ago and saw one of those
imposing dust storms on the horizon, he or she might say "mpothsh-vidiik," which means "the dust is coming," ...Or, if it's particularly nasty like the July 5 storm, the Maricopa might say "mpothsh mshidevk vidiik" -- "the scary dust is coming."***


Yeah, let's get rid of all that A-rab stuff.
Like numbers. What did THEY ever do but confuse us?

Let's call them "Chuck Findley's". And yes, I am a fan of Burn Notice.

Let's call them "Chuck Findley's". And yes, I am a fan pf Burn Notice.

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