The UK is currently experiencing the full force of Storm Ciara.
Everyone knows that British people love to talk about the weather, but did you know that many English language idioms are based on the weather.
If someone says they are under the weather, it doesn’t mean they are out in the rain. It means that they don’t feel very well.
A storm in a teacup doesn’t mean you have a very bad cup of tea. It means that the problem is so small that it will disappear very quickly.
If the market is not so good at the moment, a company will try to weather the storm. This means that they will have to try to get through this difficult period and the situation will become better.
If the atmosphere at a party is very formal, you may try to break the ice by telling a funny story.
If you get a frosty welcome, people are unfriendly and unwelcoming towards you.
If a person has their head in the clouds, it means they are dreaming and can’t see the reality of the situation.
If you are really happy after being given some really good news, you could be on cloud nine.
I’ll be there come rain or shine; means you will be there whatever the situation.
When British people save up for a rainy day, it doesn’t mean we use our money when it’s raining. If that were the case, we would have no money! No, it means that you save money in case you need it at a difficult time in the future.
Hopefully, these fun idioms will help you realise that any doubts you have about your English are only a storm in a teacup and you’ll soon be on cloud nine!
Tell us some of the weather idioms in your country.