About "guerrilla" It's rainy season in Japan. It often pours anywhere. There is an interesting Japanese word, 'guerrilla pouring'(ゲリラ豪雨). It means to pour suddenly in a small area, which even the weather forecast can't predict it properly. Are there some expressions with the word, guerrilla in English about daily life not about the army? Thank you very much.
Jul 22, 2019 9:40 AM
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Yes, there are! It can be used as an adjective in a non-military context The word 'guerrilla' has two definitions in the Free Dictionary. The first is the military one, and the second is this: referring to actions or activities performed in an impromptu way, often without authorization. adjective: guerrilla The example given in the dictionary is "guerrilla gigs", where a band suddenly stage a performance - in a shopping mall or park for example - without any warning. The 'surprise' element is part of the appeal.
July 22, 2019
There is a term “guerilla theater” which seems related to that which Su.Ki describes. I would not say however that “guerilla” is used in daily life, and certainly not regarding rain. For that I might say something like “local downpour” or “localized downpour”.
July 22, 2019
@Peter @Steven Thank you very much for your comments. The Japanese words, 'guerilla pouring' has been used for recent ten or fifteen years since the climate changing occurred. People in Japan often suffer from such unexpected landslide by pouring. It's sad and the usage of the word, 'guerrilla' makes a point to attack people., I think. Then, I 'm curious if there are similar sitations in English apoken countries.
July 23, 2019
There are a lot of words for different kinds of heavy downpours in Scottish Gaelic, but I don't know so many in English! In English, 豪雨 would be called "torrential rain", but ゲリラ豪雨 would be "a sudden burst of torrential rain" (a "burst" of rain = a sudden downpour). I have never heard the word "guerilla" used for anything other than in a military context - guerilla warfare, guerilla army, etc. therefore Su Ki's "Guerilla Gigs" is a new term for me!
July 22, 2019
No there aren't.
July 22, 2019
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