“What’s the clime like where you live?” Has anyone asked you that lately? No? I recently looked up clime in some dictionaries to scout out its deal.

Webster’s says clime is the same as climate and dates back to the 14th century . . . a seriously old word.

Then I turned to the Online Etymology Dictionary. It notes that clime “is used chiefly by the poets, and they display no evident agreement on what they mean by it.”

Ha! Leave it up to the poets to introduce a beautiful ambiguity. What does clime mean to you? And what is the clime like where you live, anyway?

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