Storms are breaking

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 14 22:53:43 UTC 2009

It's common to say "waiting for a break in the weather" meaning when it's cleared up.  So a "break in the storm" fits right in.

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL7+
see phonetic spelling

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> CNN is quoting the President this afternoon as saying:
> 'We can be confident that the storms of the past two years are beginning to break.'
> That struck me as odd, since that's not what I think he meant,
> so I looked it up in the Cobuild Dictionary Online, where it says
> verb 'If the weather breaks or a storm breaks , it suddenly becomes rainy or stormy after a period of sunshine.
> I've been waiting for the weather to break...' V
> so, is 'the storm is breaking' one of those auto-antonyms? Or did Obama's speechwriter goof?
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