| Definition -
The it that is often used when referring to the weather (e.g. it's raining men).
1. Many claim that the weather "it" is a dummy pronoun. However, linguist Dwight Bolinger disagrees. He argues that the subject the weather "it" refers to is the general state of affairs that exists at the time of the utterance. For example:
"Was it nice out, yesterday?"
"Yes, it rained men."
In this case, the agent that the it is substituting for is yesterday's general state of affairs.