By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Dec 11, 2016 at 6:53 PM Photography: Royal Brevvaxling

Winter zoomed into Milwaukee like a witch on a broom, and so did the expression "colder than a witch’s tit." I’ve heard it multiple times in recent days and decided to find out where this odd saying came from.

Personally, it never made sense to me since I imagine witches in front of cauldrons or bonfires, which, one would think, would make their tits quite toasty.

However, the expression most likely came from how witches are portrayed – cold blooded and green-skinned, which seems reptilian-y and cold to the touch. The metaphor could also be derived from the misguided belief that a witch is in alliance with Satan, so she presumably has no maternal feelings and is unable to suckle a child.

Regardless of its origin, the expression is an oldie but a goody, one that tends to fly around like snowflakes in the wind on a blustery Brew City evening.

Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.