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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Gothic Weather Conditions: Storms

There are many expressions in English containing the word "storm":

º any port in a storm
Any solution to a difficult situation is better than none. This metaphor, first recorded in 1749, is of sailors happy for any place of safety whatsoever when dangerous weather comes up.

º after a storm comes a calm
Prov. Things are often calm after an upheaval.  

º a storm is brewing
Lit.There is going to be a storm. 
Fig. There is going to be trouble or emotional upset.  

º eye of the storm
Lit. the area of calm in the centre of a tornado, hurricane,or cyclone.  
Fig. a temporary peaceful time amidst more trouble and strife yet to come. 

º kick up a storm
to create a disturbance; to put on an angry display. 

º lull before the storm
a quiet period just before a period of great activity or excitement.  

º weather the storm
Lit. to experience and survive a storm. 
Fig. to experience something difficult and survive it. 

º storm in a teapot
Also, tempest in a teacup. A great disturbance or uproar over a matter of little or no importance.  This expression has appeared in slightly different forms for more than 300 years. Among the variations are storm in a cream bowltempest in a glass of water, and storm in a hand-wash basin. The British prefer storm in a teacup.  A synonym is the phrase “much ado about nothing”, which means a big fuss over a trifle. Although this expression is best remembered as the title of Shakespeare's comedy, the phrase much ado was already being used for a big commotion or trouble in the early 1500s.  

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