In late 19th Century America, “blizzard” was a new word. In 1881, when the Cambridge Chronicle decided to investigate it, the newspaper claimed that “blizzard” didn’t yet appear in any dictionary. The Chronicle defines it is a word of Western origin, meaning “colder than blazes.” It seems as if the Chronicle was having a little fun with its readers. Yet, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, “blizzard” wasn’t used to describe snow until it became a favorite word of journalists to describe the severe winter of 1880-81.
Read the Chronicle‘s February 26, 1881 tongue-in-cheek take on the word “blizzard.” We promise it will make you laugh, especially given our snowy day today: http://cambridge.dlconsulting.com/cgi-bin/cambridge?a=d&d=Chronicle18810226-01.2.30&srpos=11&dliv=none&e=——-en-20–1–txt-txIN-%22blizzard%22—–