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I know it's an adjective, but I googled it, and found it in an article about John McEnroe, specifically, "a rancoring go-to-hell beast".

I was wondering if it is okay to use the word as if it were a verb?

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  • There's no such word and the quote should have used rancorous.
    – Joe Dark
    Commented Nov 8, 2014 at 13:01
  • Look here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Tony1/Noun_plus_-ing
    – Kris
    Commented Nov 8, 2014 at 14:12
  • It's hard to understand why the writer insisted on using rancoring when he or she could instead have used queruling.
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented Sep 2, 2017 at 23:46

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It's perfectly ok to use rancoring as suggested in the quote, if one doesn't care whether listeners or readers understand, or if one is willing to risk being laughed at. (That is, rancoring has a rather clumsy tone. Like rancoring, saddle-burring would be an ad hoc construction, but it seems to me less clumsy.)

The adjectival form of noun rancor is rancorous, but “a rancorous go-to-hell beast” puts less emphasis on the subject's role in causing rancor than does “a rancoring go-to-hell beast”.

Terms like rancorous and abrasive (“Being rough and coarse in manner or disposition; causing irritation”) usually would be used rather than rancoring. Irritating and festering would emphasize the subject's role slightly more, but irritating is weak and festering might be misunderstood. Phrasing like “a rough-tongued go-to-hell beast” might well work best.

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