Today it's as if a blanket of fog has dropped over commerce; visibility is near zero.
For once the old joke—“fog in the Channel: Continent Cut Off”—seems applicable.
One daunting thing you set out to do in Angels and Ages is to describe, through the fog of history, what Lincoln was like.
She arrived in the town two hours late after her helicopter was delayed by fog.
Shooting began on August 23, frequently interrupted by rain and thunderstorms, fog and humidity.
Another train had crashed into the Oxford express in the fog.
He brought the spring to the river and the river gave him a fog.
Vetch heard through the fog guns firing signals of distress; but three days passed before he knew how serious the disaster was.
The adventurous band commenced its journey in a fog so dense that those in the rear could not see those in front.
The fog thinned off, and showed the Anzac in still autumn sunshine, pushing through a misty expanse of grey landlocked bays.
"thick, obscuring mist," 1540s, probably from a Scandinavian source akin to Danish fog "spray, shower, snowdrift," Old Norse fok "snow flurry," fjuk "snow storm." Cf. also Old English fuht, Dutch vocht, German Feucht "moist." Figurative phrase in a fog "at a loss what to do" first recorded c.1600.
"long grass," c.1300, probably of Scandinavian origin, cf. Norwegian fogg "long grass in a moist hollow," Icelandic fuki "rotten sea grass." The connection to fog (n.1), via a notion of long grass growing in moist dells of northern Europe, is tempting but not proven. Watkins suggests derivation from PIE *pu- "to rot, decay."
1590s, from fog (n.1). Related: Fogged; fogging.
[origin unknown; probably a substitution for smoke in all senses]