velvet season
Posted: 18 July 2007 09:07 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Hi, everybody!
Does this expression make any sense to you?
In Russia, when talking of some vacation resorts where it may be (extremely) hot in summer, we use this “velvet season” for months from September to mid November, meaning that weather conditions are milder and more favourable. 
Thank you in advance for your attention and answers.

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Posted: 18 July 2007 09:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I’m assuming that velvet season is a translation of the Russian phrase. It’s not a term that is used in English.

But yes, it does make sense. Velvet connotes something soft and gentle, so using it as a metaphor for gentle, pleasant weather fits.

We also have the velvet revolution from the Czech sametov√° revoluce, so a similar usage appears in at least one other Slavic language.

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Posted: 18 July 2007 09:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thank you very much indeed, Dave! :-)))

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Posted: 19 July 2007 04:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Also from the Czech is ‘velvet divorce’ referring to the peaceful separation of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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