An English politician recently referred to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as \u201ca wazzock.\u201d Yes. A wazzock. A wazzock in some local English vernacular is \u201c... a foolish or annoying person.\u201d As such, the dig works well. One of the joys of working in this business is we (the newsroom staff) occasionally sit and discuss words, word origins and word usage. It\u2019s fun. Especially if you enjoy words and language. In a business in which people write a lot \u2014 and a lot every day \u2014 there is generally an affection for a good use of language and a sharp turn of phrase. We go through a lot of \u201cHow can I write this better?\u201d or \u201cHow would you say this so people will understand?\u201d We\u2019re always exchanging notes and almost always learning something new. Recently news editor Jon Eppley penned a headline using the phrase \u201cReigning in the New Year.\u201d I didn\u2019t know \u201creigning\u201d could be used in this way. I thought it was a typo. I pointed it out to him, and Jon replied, quite surprised, \u201cThat isn\u2019t a thing?\u201d Turns out ... it is a thing! Archaic possibly, but completely correct. I enjoyed that. We learn something new every day \u2014 literally. (At least I do!) And so ... I recently got into a discussion over the name of a very typical Michigan annoyance which everybody sees every day through the winter, but most folks don\u2019t know to describe in literary terms. Ever notice (of course you have) the dangly clumps of slush and ice which build up in the wheel wells of your car on slushy, icy and very cold days? Every time you go out to the parking lot you kick them off, leaving huge chunks of frozen, or rapidly freezing sloppy-looking ice all over the place. (I\u2019m not accusing anyone of littering with wheel well ice. Everybody kicks \u2018em off, and there is a real sense of accomplishment when they come off in one clunk and you don\u2019t break a toe.) But the question begs to be asked \u2014 What do you call the magically forming chunks of ice that hang so stubbornly in your wheel wells? For years I have called them \u201ccar boogers.\u201d I assumed this was the correct name. Turns out there are dozens of names for car boogers \u2014 depending on where you live, I suppose. I asked, read and researched. It\u2019s fascinating. Around this area, some of those asked recognized car boogers as \u201csnow boogers.\u201d A barista I asked while picking up my favorite coffee (Quad super cappuccino) referred to them as \u201ctire snot.\u201d I called a friend in Philadelphia who taught me that in many parts of Pennsylvania, car boogers are called \u201cslurd.\u201d When I asked why \u201cslurd,\u201d she replied rather indignantly, \u201cWhat else could you call them?\u201d and basically pooh-pooh any other name I came up with. Folks are sensitive about making changes in their common nomenclature. \u201cSlurd\u201d by the way seems to be cross between slush and turd - something similar to the term often used in the NYC area -\u2014 \u201csnow turds.\u201d Close to \u201cslurd\u201d ... but not quite ... is the term \u201csnard.\u201d I don\u2019t know how this breaks down. I was informed in some places in the American northwest, and in parts of Canadian British Columbia, car boogers are known as \u201cchunkers.\u201d Chunkers. It works, I guess. Then there is the cutesy-tootsy name \u201cslush puppies.\u201d I\u2019m not sure being cute about \u201csnards\u201d is appropriate, especially after I hit one sneaking out under a car in front of me on U.S. 131 last year and it basically stove in my front bumper. Not cute! An Internet contact wrote \u201cI call this a \u2018shlump\u2019, which not only clearly describes this lump of slush, but also represents the sound it makes when it drops off.\u201d Now ...that is getting serious. Almost an Onomatopoeia! Apparently, in Colorado car boogers are simply called \u201chitchhikers.\u201d This works too, but I prefer the term used in Minnesota \u2014 \u201csnoboes.\u201d It sure can be fun to try and uncover the roots of a word that \u201cofficially\u201d heretofore hasn\u2019t existed \u2014 or has existed in a variety of shapes, forms and sounds. I found it difficult to find anything in the etymology of the word \u201cwazzock\u201d \u2014 in reference to Donald Trump \u2014 that wasn\u2019t rather rude. The Old English descriptives were all an accurate representation of Mr. Trump, but all were too rude to use here!