STORM – The Word the Month for July 2019

Every month, we take a look at a word in the headlines, in English, for your English. See more at The Word of the Month.


A storm: very bad weather – wind, rain, thunderbolts and lightning (very very frightening). 

To storm (a castle): to attack and capture (a castle). 

Ex: I stormed the Bastille and all I got was this lousy hat!

Storm in the news

This month, Hongkongers stormed the parliament in protest of extradition laws to mainland China. 

Facing tear gas, Hongkongers weathered the storm with umbrellas, naturally.

Stormy idioms

A storm in a teacup: Big fuss for nothing. Ex: “This whole global warming thing is a storm in a teacup” -Gas n’Guns Magazine.

Sh*tstorm. Wind + excrement. Fortunately just a metaphor for a violent controversy. Check the news for your local sh*tstorm.

Kicking up a storm

Hurricanes: Throws cars, rips roofs of houses, breathes fire. Sorry, that’s Godzilla. 

Stormtroopers: Intergalactic white fascists. Back in fashion. 

Superpowers: They can storm any place they want, even when everyone is looking. Keep an umbrella handy.

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