[Ads-l] firenado (was Re: QOTY nominee: "Truth isn't truth")

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 19 22:47:34 EDT 2018

On Sun, Aug 19, 2018 at 8:13 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

> On a less political and WOTYer note, how established was the blend
> “firenado” before the conflagrations of the last month or two in Redding
> and elsewhere?

John Kelly has this to say on the Oxford Dictionaries blog:


"The Oxford English Dictionary currently enters _fire tornado_ in 1871,
while the blended _firenado_ appears at least by 1995 and became more
common in the 2000-10s. _Snownado_ and _gustnado_ are sometimes used for
other strangely spinning weather events -- though many may best know
_-nado_ as a combining form in the _Sharknado_ film series."

More "-nados" in this 2014 column by Mark Peters:



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