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Word Watch: pollen vortex

sf.reader1Hot off the press! Canadian Word Spy Paul McFedries was very quick off the mark to note this one, following on the heels of this winter’s polar vortex.

A “pollen vortex” is the high levels of spring pollen that are created¬†when temperatures rise quickly following an extremely cold winter. Given the recency of “polar vortex,” it’s not surprising that the earliest citation McFedries found was just over a month ago on Twitter, tweeted by Marc Santia, a reporter for WNBC-TV in New York.

Since then, it’s appeared in Mother Jones magazine as well as the Washington Post.~TM

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