California is plagued by quakes; there are a few minor ones almost every month.
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Origin of quake
- Middle English quaken from Old English cwacian
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English quaken, from Old English cwacian (“to quake, tremble, chatter"), from Proto-Germanic *kwakōnÄ… (“to shake, quiver, tremble"), from Proto-Indo-European *gÊ·og- (“to shake, swing"), related to Old English cweccan (“to shake, swing, move, vibrate, shake off, give up") (see quitch), Eastern Frisian kwakkelje (“to flounder, limp"), Dutch kwakkelen (“to ail, be ailing"), German Quackelei (“chattering"), Danish kvakle (“to bungle"), Latin vÄ“xō (“toss, shake violently, jostle, vex"), Irish bogadh (“a move, movement, shift, change").