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Hurricaning1

verb; zero derivation
A hurricane is the current weather condition; it is storming, and the type of storm is a hurricane.
 
The conversion of the word from a noun to a verb is parallel to the words storm and rain, which can each be used as a noun, as in "a storm is coming" or "We are expecting rain," or a verb, as in "it will storm tomorrow." The formation of this word was a result of forgetting another way to say the same thing ("When it was hurricaning" replaced "When there was a hurricane").
Etymology : A zero derivation from the noun hurricane “a large tropical storm," which is from the Spanish furican.
Source : "When it was hurricaning” (My mother who lives in Austin, September 2017) www.etymonline.com
Last modified: 4 December 2017


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