As the Winter Games wind down in PyeongChang, we’re about to enter into a drought for certain terminology. Some words and phrases are so specific to winter sports that you won’t say or even hear them unless those events are on TV.
You might still say “skating” or “skiing” before the next Winter Games, especially if you do those things. “Skeleton” usually comes up around Halloween. And you may even utter the word “curling” before 2022, but it will probably be in reference to your hair. Here are some terms that are less likely to enter conversation before the opening ceremonies in Beijing: