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Elizabeth Gardner uses the word blustery a lot. Does that not mean loud and violent weather?

Posted December 7, 2008 12:03 p.m. EST

MIKE MOSS SAYS:       Tommy,      While definitions of blustery can include references to violent or stormy weather, a check of thesaurus entries for the word also commonly turns up "windy," "squally" and "gusty" as usable synonyms. So while any of us might use blustery at times in reference to stormy days, we also use it from time to time when we expect fairly high but not necessarily damaging winds, especially when the winds are expected to be noticeably variable and gusty in nature.