"Inclement weather": such a dowdy term. Does anyone outside American education use it?
The oddity of inclement just prompted me to look it up. From the Oxford English Dictionary:
Not clement.No. 2 is the older (1621) meaning of the word. The first sample sentence for no. 1 (1667) comes from Paradise Lost: "To shun / Th' inclement Seasons, Rain, Ice, Hail and Snow." So it appears that we may credit John Milton for the anthropomorphized weather that results in school closings unto this day. (Thanks, Milton.)
1. Of climate or weather: Not mild or temperate; extreme; severe. (Usually applied to cold or stormy weather; rarely of severe heat or drought.)
2. Not merciful or kindly; pitiless, harsh, severe, cruel. Obs.
And to Winter, who has been showing us no clemency this month, I say "Mercy, Sir!"