The technical names for cloud formations are conventionally Latin words chosen to match characteristic shapes but The Chambers Dictionary knows that there are other ways of talking about clouds.
In their latest blog they talk about ‘goats hair’ and ‘mairs-tails’ and the poetry of clouds as used by Joni Mitchell and Shakespeare…
They also make reference to the new cloud classification. It is a shame though that they didn’t talk more about the use of clouds as a negative metaphor in English especially since this is the sort of thing we need to stand up against!
You can read the full blog here