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What do you think of when you see the word "storm"?


The first thing that comes to my music-loving mind is,

 "Oh, stormy, oh stormy

 Bring back that sunny day "

These are lines from the song "Stormy", by The Classics IV.

But in fact, I saw the word "storm" in the headline of an interview - "Cooking up a storm" - in which Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart talked about their latest movie "No Reservations", which is about two chefs.

We are lucky to live in a country where bad weather or storms are not frequent; but we might not be that lucky for too long since the extreme weather patterns have influenced many areas in the world now.

"Storm" gives the impression of something strong and forceful so, in some contexts, we use the word to express strong anger or reaction.

Josh's cartoon in yesterday's newspaper caused a storm among the public.

In this example, the cartoon has caused a large amount of strong comment or criticism.

Josh's editor, Agatha, was sure extremely angry when she learned about this matter; she stormed out of her office slamming the door so strongly she frightened her secretary. She then stormed into the office of the editor in chief where a stormy discussion was taking place; of course, there was a lot of shouting with strong emotion in there.

But Agatha's anger is not at all a storm in a teacup. I mean her reaction is not an unnecessary anger over an unimportant matter.

The fuss Robin made was only a storm in a teacup that made him look really silly.

Poor Josh not only put himself in a difficult situation but also his bosses; but if they could deal with this very difficult problem successfully, we say that they weathered the storm.

We neither had any resources nor manpower and everybody was wondering if we would be able to weather the storm.

While Agatha was in the editor in chief's office, Josh's girlfriend rang to give him moral support saying that she had all the trust that he would ride the storm.

When somebody rides (out) the storm, the person manages to get through the difficult situation without being harmed, destroyed or permanently affected by it.

The movie "No Reservations" is about two chefs who put a lot of effort and energy into their cooking, so the phrase "cooking up a storm" - to do things with a lot of energy and skill - seems to be perfect. This expression is used mainly in America, and we might sometimes hear "dance/talk up a storm" as well.

Melvin spent six months cooking up a storm to make sure this house would be most comfortable and convenient for his parents. 


Complete the sentences with the expressions explained:

1. It was a difficult time both politically and economically, but the interim government could manage to .

2. Just ignore them; the way they reacted was just a .

3. We were all   making this wonderful children's programme, and never regretted we did.

4. Even though he is bankrupt, I have all the trust that Bernard will .

5. I have never heard such a argument between you and Jeff before; what was the problem?

Answers: 1. weather the storm, 2. storm in a teacup, 3. cooking up a storm, 4. ride out the storm, 5. stormy

By Parnsap Yomanage

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