Monday March 12, 2007

Weathervane is a Verb

"We are offering a B727-200 aircraft for reuse as a home.  It is our intention to deliver and set the airplane up on a column and bearing arrangement so it weathervanes."  (more here) (via)

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There's a cite (though not yet a full entry) for weathervaning on Double Tongued.

Posted by: Ben Zimmer at Mar 12, 2007 10:55:42 AM

Meh, it makes sense. Otherwise one might be forced to say so that it faces the direction of oncoming wind and that's just clunky.
I would certainly have never had a use for a verb 'weathervane', but this person obviously does, so good on them.

In the radio interview he says "it rotates 360 degrees" but then says "or you can let it weathervane", so clearly, to weathervane is not simply to rotate, but to rotate under the force of the wind.

Posted by: Jangari at Mar 12, 2007 2:11:41 PM

This isn't a new coinage; I've heard pilots use it for decades. It seems to be in common use in wind farms, construction, and boating as well, based on cursory searches. (Note that "weathervaning" gets over 10K GHits; "weathervaned" gets about 700.)

Posted by: Doug Sundseth at Mar 13, 2007 9:55:28 AM

OK, maybe I shot myself in the foot by putting it in the title, but my main point wasn't really usage of weathervane. My point was: "HOLY COW THEY WANT TO BUILD GIANT SPINNING JETLINER HOUSES!"

Posted by: The Tensor at Mar 14, 2007 4:34:25 PM

I'd prefer to live in a big, old, psychadelically-painted school-bus from the 50s, like in The electric kool-aid acid test.

Posted by: Jangari at Mar 15, 2007 2:06:32 AM


And a fine point it is, too. 8-)

You have to wonder whether the local HOA will have something to say ... perhaps if you paint it in earth tones? But there must definitely be no pickup trucks parked out front.

Posted by: Doug Sundseth at Mar 15, 2007 9:50:10 AM

Nah, it'll be all right if the pot plants out the front are matching terracotta and the cupboard handles are brass.

Posted by: Claire at Mar 16, 2007 6:56:51 AM