Snow has come, finally. "xiro" /'xirʉ/ n. a quality of sloshy snow (or mud) that is a slog to walk on, one step forward and you slide around for half a step back. Do not eat. "ŋa" /ŋɑ/ n. another quality of snow. what you get around freezing conditions if the snow is of the right age. Sticky, perfect for making snowballs, sticks to shoes but is otherwise nice to walk on. Fine to eat (unless dirty/yellow). My town had both conditions yesterday, the first probably caused by salted sidewalks/pavements. t.