Antisthenes - the Greek philosopher - is supposed to have believed in a faraway land where the cold was so intense that words froze as soon as they were spoken. They could only be heard when the thaw came. It meant that anything uttered in winter became audible the following summer. (Did six month old never-meant-to-be-spoken-aloud mumbles sound like a swarm of bees on warm evenings….?)
It was cold today but not that cold.