Our fixation with weather
Us Brits know that when a conversation goes dry, the antidote is to start talking about the weather. Whether we love it hate it, we’ll constantly comment on it! We love to use weather in everyday conversations even when we’re not actually talking about weather. There are so many weather related idioms we use on a daily basis- some of which might actually surprise you!
Everyday weather idioms we use for example:
Be snowed under: Normally linked to a very busy day, potentially an overwhelming day in work
Break the ice: Icebreakers are known in social settings to make some feel more at ease. Could be a drink, fun quiz… anything to well ‘break the ice’!
Calm before the storm: Normally what parents would link to the last few hours of freedom before school breaks up for half term, or dare I say it… Summer!
Every cloud has a silver lining: looking on the bright side of life, when something pleasant comes from a difficult situation
Get wind of: Office gossip! When you hear something that maybe should’ve been kept secret
Have your head in the clouds: Being out of touch with reality – expecting everything to happen without thinking of the process behind it all
On cloud nine: The feeling of being extremely happy, like me at a cake shop! Bliss!
Put on ice: Something we all hear a lot in work, when a project is side-lined for a bit.
Steal my thunder: When taking attention from someone else – as seen in the Friends episode ‘The one with Monica’s Thunder’
Storm in a teacup: nothing is more British than adding weather and tea into a sentence! Means making a small problem bigger than it was.
Under the weather: When you’re unwell you’d say you were under the weather. At this time of year, you’ll hear this idiom a lot!
Our favourite type of weather to comment on: rain!
Come rain or shine: You can depend on someone to help you, whatever the circumstance… or more than likely, the weather
It never rains but it pours: when a bad day becomes an awful day, in a very bad week. Bit like Welsh weather… never expect a little rain – expect a monsoon!
It’s raining cats and dogs: This is potentially the most popular and weirdest weather-related idiom we use. When has anyone, ever seen it rain cats and dogs? Quite literally means the rain is really bad out there, but to emphasise that this isn’t everyday rain, we’ve thrown in some pets for good measure!
Take a rain check: A nice way of telling someone you don’t want to deal with this now, but maybe later. Though, living in Wales, it could just be, not sure if that 10k hike is a good idea on Saturday, I’ll more than likely be raining cats and dogs.
Looking through this list, I tend to use some of these a lot!
There are obviously a lot more lurking around in our everyday vocabulary, these are just a few that I could think of! It’s impressive to see how often we tend to use weather in daily conversation!