Examples of mist
Examples of mist
Where does mist come from?
Recorded in Old English, a mist is a kind of vapor, i.e., small particles of liquid, typically water, suspended in the air or atmosphere. It also commonly refers to weather conditions, like a light fog, or to mist created by such things as spray bottles and haze machines.
Often, though, we talk and write about mist figuratively. Dating all the way back to Old English, mist could describe cloudy eyes…and cloudy minds. If you’re all misty, as another example, your eyes might have a far-away look or be wet with tears.
beyoncé and kelly’s friendship gets me misty eyed
— waitress from the coffee house on 39th and lennox (@sexychihuahua_) February 12, 2019
As a Viera I'm obliged to go into a PCP attack everytime there's mist near me. This is the truth.
— Mahoodle (@Heirachon) December 30, 2018
In the 1990s, the smoke from a crack-cocaine pipe was also referred to as mist. By 1995, a strain of marijuana was developed called Kali Mist, known for its uplifting, slightly hallucinogenic properties.
I have been in Colorado for about two hours and I am eating a sandwich called Kali Mist, size Pinner.
— Cierra (@_Cieerraaaa_) November 3, 2016
In the 1980s in the UK, the expression Scotch mist was used to refer to someone who was drunk: It rhymed with pissed, a British expression for drunk. It’s also possibly a reference to the real weather condition of Scotch mist, the fog that rolls out across the countryside there.
Scotch mist. pic.twitter.com/yWdwOeVMbn
— Gem (@This_Charming_G) February 15, 2019
In the 1990s, Scotch mist was also used in UK slang to refer to someone vanishing. Speaking of Scottish English, mist was once used as a (rare) alternative spelling of the verb missed.
Who uses mist?
Mist has largely fallen away as a slang term for PCP or crack smoke. However, Kali Mist remains a strain of marijuana cultivated by growers.
kali mist is such a masterpiece my heart cries
— 2006-2011 UK Dubstep Stan🦑 (@queentrashcan) February 15, 2019
These days, a Scotch mist most often refers to the literal weather phenomenon.
Proper Scotch mist out there. Waiting for a giant hound to bound across the moor *cough* road. pic.twitter.com/gPkISg1l6k
— Scotch Mist (@ScotchMist31) December 24, 2018
But occasionally, getting misted is used as an expression to refer to getting drunk, perhaps as from Canadian Mist whiskey. In UK slang, mist sometimes refers to someone who is really wound-up and energetic.
— jennyMUA (@gingarosewood) August 6, 2016
Some folks continue to use, deliberately or by mistake, the homophone mist for missed.
Did you mist me? hehehehe pic.twitter.com/YuxycwFG7T
— Austin Palado (@austinpalladium) November 7, 2017
@MrNoelFielding I'm sorry I was not security at the bake off this year I mist you and sandy xx
— Caroline (@Carolin97192867) December 25, 2018