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Lumpy driveway syndrome

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Topic: 1) Lumpy driveway syndrome (1 of 5), Read 42 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 1999 09:44 AM

Duane Douglass, of North Berwick, Maine, writes: "It is the accumulation of 'stuff' that collects under your car, behind the wheels, when driving in slush or snow. These lumps are truly hideous-looking, being composed of frozen snow, sand, salt, and road grime. Once the weather clears, they fall off in the driveway or parking lot, and sit there looking like some repulsive growth until they melt in the spring.

"It's awkward to say to someone 'My driveway is a mess! It's covered with those black frozen masses of stuff that collect behind my wheels.' Shouldn't there be a term?"

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Topic: 1) Lumpy driveway syndrome (2 of 5), Read 43 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 1999 12:03 PM

there was a sniglet for this:

fenderberg

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Topic: Snard ( = 'Lumpy driveway syndrome') (3 of 5), Read 28 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Dan Bloom (tuna@earthling.net)
Date: Thursday, March 18, 1999 04:18 PM

Some years ago, I think this was one of the first word fugitives sought from listeners by the gang at NPR's "All Things Considered." If memory serves, the favored submission was "snard."

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Topic: 1) Lumpy driveway syndrome (4 of 5), Read 26 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Aaron Reneker (zanazarius@yahoo.com)
Date: Thursday, March 18, 1999 08:24 PM

Formally, I prefer the word detritus. Being from the Midwest, however, we prefer the term "driveway nuggets" or, when we're in a particularly foul mood, a common profanity that suits just about any purpose or surface.

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Topic: 1) Lumpy driveway syndrome (5 of 5), Read 5 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Michael Christian (mschrist@umich.edu)
Date: Tuesday, March 23, 1999 09:01 PM

How about a "carnacle"?


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