That frozen slush on the bottom of the car

crusty slush on car

Yuck.

Winter's enthusiastic effort this year has prompted us to consider many issues, among them:

What do you call that wedge of gray, frozen slush that sticks on the bottom of a car behind the wheels?

We've never heard a word for it, but it seemed like one would be useful. For example:

Friend: What are you doing?
You: I'm just kicking the (whatever the word is) off the bottom of the car. I hate that stuff.

So, in search of a name, we asked people on Twitter what's it called. There were many responses...

Comments

My car drops these blobs on the road, as if it's giving accidental birth to a dirty ice blob. Because my car is large, and high off the ground, there is a lot of space for the lump to grow. Once it falls off ... watch out if you are the driver behind me (seriously, people swerve to dodge my ice babies!)

I don't know what to call *that thing* but I've long thought the name for the release of it from the wheel well should be "cleaving."

@Kerosena: I like that. "Yeah, I have to go cleave the (carnacles, slush flaps, wheel boogers, ice babies) from my car..."

They are called Tirecles.

I usually call it "The dirty snow mass between the body of my car and its wheels." I find it exhilirating to kick it off; I feel like a winter ninja.

They're an odd color and they keep popping up no matter how much you wish they'd go away? Call them Boehners.

"What do you call that wedge of frozen slush that forms behind the wheels of cars during winter?"

I call it "frozen slush."

I think "winterberries" is my favorite suggestion. Hilarious!

I'm gonna go with car dingles. Gross, perhaps, but so is winter slush.

They're fenderbergs. Duh.

Fender fudge

WTEN's "Man on the Street" segment with John McLoughlin interviewed people about this several years ago, and "fender fudge" was the response that he seemed to like the most.

How about this? Hellaciers

I'm with @nylily: I even kicked some off someone else's car in a parking lot yesterday. I adore it.

@nomadreader: There really is something satisfying about kicking them off.

As I was trying to kick mine off this morning (but failed because they were solid ice), I noticed they looked like beards...

sooo: Car Beards

I call them "Sludgesicles."

@Ellsass - since you mentioned his name, can we have a conversation about the pronunciation of "Boehner?"

When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.

slucretions

crapcicle?

My father has always called them fenderburgers, so that's what I call them, too. It always makes me laugh.

I don't really care what they're called, but the satisfaction of kicking them loose leads me wander around center square relieving cars.

Please. Slush bunnies.

LQ

My wife's car had the entire wheel well filled. Made a horrid noise when turning. So I attempted to kick them off, of course being the coldest night this month, they were like chunks of concrete. I finally had to get a mallet to get them off.

I had industrial strength ones on mine, and it was effing with my traction. My husband and I had a hell of a time getting them off.

I had a major fail attempting to dislodge one during that really icy night on the 18th. The thing was frozen solid, and kicking did nothing. I attempted to use my ice scraper to hack at it, when a tiny piece broke off and flew into my eye. My eye!!! I'm still alive and can still see, but I was understandably mentally scarred.

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