"Greenland should always be the scene of the Tramontane negotiation"
Tramontane clouds, France - Credit: Gerbil
Tramontane is a classical name for a northern wind. The word is derived from Latin trānsmontānus,
"beyond the mountains,” referring to the Alps in the North of Italy. The word can refer to anything that comes from, or anyone who lives on, the other side of mountains, or anything seen as foreign or strange.
The continuous howling noise of the tramontane is said to have a disturbing effect upon the psyche. Thus to ‘lose the tramontane’ is to be disconcerted.