Last week we had extremes in Temperature down here in Victoria. One day it was 40deg and two days later it was 19deg. everyone we met seemed to mention the change. It was so great to have such a cool day after the heat. They say the English always talk about the weather but as far as I can see most nationalities do. I guess there is an obvious camaraderie seeing we are all vulnerable to its changeable nature. The subject is a great ice breaker when you are just becoming acquainted or you are unsure of how to begin a conversation.
Thinking about this I realized how much the state of the weather features in our terminology and permeates our vocabulary. Have you ever used any of these terms? Cold fish, icy stare, storm brewing, frosty reception. Warm hearted, sunny disposition, face like a thunderstorm, hot tempered and cold shoulder? I made a list of thirty five and I’m sure there’s many more.
The use of these terms goes back thousands of years. The Living Bible mentions ‘warm characters’ and ‘hot tempers’ and written one thousand BC Proverbs 29:22 tells us, “A hot tempered man starts fights and gets into all kinds of trouble.” I rather like the statement in Matthew 6:22 which quotes the words of Jesus. “If your eye is pure there will be sunshine in your soul.”
I am sure you can think of better terms and idioms than me and I invite you to comment on them if you wish. I would love to read them even if they are better than my suggestions. After all Shakespeare wrote (Henry 1V part 2), “it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.” Plus, you can be assured that you won’t be raining on my parade.
Bright personalities with sunny dispositions heading into Greenwich like a fresh breath of air.
L- R Brianna, Yvette and Caitlin