Mauzy – Newfoundland and Labrador Language Lessons


Mauzy is the kind of weather where you step outside the door, and it’s a little bit drizzly, and it’s definitely foggy, and all you can see is fog – as far as you can see. There’s a huge difference between mauzy and smog. Smog is like this heavy, almost like a weight, over a city, whereas mauzy feels like fresh air, definitely not smog. I think it feels like fresh air because, maybe just because it feels like home, and it’s a very distinctive kind of weather. I remember coming home for the summers when I lived away and you’d see the huge bank of fog over the rocks, and all it was, is you see this huge rock, and you go, ah I’m home, and just you step on the island you just feel like you can breathe for the first time. Yeah that’s mauzy weather I think.

6 thoughts on “Mauzy – Newfoundland and Labrador Language Lessons

  • Mauzy is a perfect descriptor of warm and heavily humid summertime air and I have been using it all of my life as it often perfectly describes where I live now — in the Ottawa Valley, which is prone to this sort of weather come early summer.

    Now how many of you know what squilled means?. .

  • Don't forget that the word "smog" comes from "smoke" and "fog," and is used to describe a polluted condition. A Newfoundland and Labrador day would be mauzy because the air really is that clean. 🙂

  • nice, can we see the same 'quaint' approach given to my single tooth hilly billy brothers down south? coz that ain't english what they be talking

  • We pronounced it “MALL-zy” in Central Newfoundland. We tend to put an L sound on the wnd of words or even syllables that end in the AW sound, for example, we always called a dog paw, his “pawl”. This is reminiscent of some Irish accents too.

  • Growing up, my mother would often say “let me brush dat malzy hid of your’s”. Could anyone tell me where that came from? Was it also from mauzy?

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