23 FEBRUARY 1940, Page 14

Why Not Weather ?

The weather, as we all know, is a hush-hush subject, till it is old history, but that is no good reason for changing the word. Weather has become an adjective instead of a substan- tive. The B.B.C., that guardian of our language, always changes weather into " weather conditions," a conversion that has no particular purpose. Even the country prophet, restored to his place by the absence of forecasts, begins to accept the conditions! To refer to past weather, one of its many oddi- ties has been the sudden complete changes in the direction of the wind, bringing no change in " conditions." Once more we read and tap our glass with the old interest, but discover that even this guide against all precedent disregards the changing wind. W. BEACH THOMAS.