In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
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- Here's one: a mackerel sky splits into mare's tails.
- In 1895, Sidney O Addy explained this term in his book Household Tales: ‘Yorkshire farmers… call a sky which is flecked with many small clouds a ‘mackerel sky’: A mackerel sky / Is never long dry.’
- Similarly, Wind at Sunset weaves yellows among the metallic blue nodes of a crepuscular, mackerel sky.
- Seen from an aircraft high above, they look like a mackerel sky reflected in the surface of the water.
- Coming home today, the most extraordinary sky appeared as we crested a hill and came out of the woods - a mackerel sky, pearly and lit softly from above and below.
- There was a darkening mackerel sky and the voices climbed into it and filled it, horizon to horizon.
- Cirrocumulus is sometimes referred to as a mackerel sky because of the shapes it takes on.
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