"If it turns out that President Barack Obama can make a deal with the most intransigent, hard-line, unreasonable, totalitarian mullahs in the world but not with Republicans? Maybe he’s not the problem."
Yep, they are one and the same. Actually the word typhoon comes from the Japanese word tai-foo. I don't know how the final n got added. I believe a cyclone is also just a hurricane in the Indian Ocean. Don't know where the word came from though.
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TYPHOON: Forms: α. 15 touffon, 16 tuffon, tuffone, tuffin, tufon, tufaon, tufan, 17 typhawn, 18 tuphan, toofan, touffan, tūfān. β. 16–18 tuffoon, 17–18 tiffoon. γ. 17 tay-fun, 18 ty-foong, tifoon, tyfoon, typhoon.(Show Less) Etymology: Two different Oriental words are included here: (1) the α-forms (like Portuguese tufão , †tufõe ) are < Urdu (Persian and Arabic) ṭūfān a violent storm of wind and rain, a tempest, hurricane, tornado, commonly referred to Arabic ṭāfa , to turn round (nouns of action ṭauf , ṭawafān ), but possibly an adoption of Greek τῡϕῶν typhon n.2; (2) the β- and γ- forms represent Chinese tai fung , common dialect forms (as in Cantonese) of ta big, and fêng wind (hence also German teifun ). The spelling of the β-forms has apparently been influenced by that of the earlier-known Indian word, while that now current is due to association with TYPHON.
CYCLONE: Etymology: < Greek κύκλος circle (or κυκλῶν moving in a circle, whirling round >
Sorry--the Greek doesn't come across in the copy and paste. Sigh.
Edited by Jim_ (11/08/1307:34 AM) Edit Reason: Edited to enable HTML
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