“Tempest in a teapot (American English), or storm in a teacup (British English), is an idiom meaning a small event that has been exaggerated out of proportion.”
As a Canadian, I've certainly heard both, and they both “feel” roughly equally common in my personal experience. Take this for what it's worth, etc.
I'm sure I heard my parents use most of these when I was growing up and I, in turn, am passing them onto my kids!
It's a great movie!
While no one can say for certain who coined the expression, it was comedian Groucho Marx who made it popular. In the vaudeville era, it was believed that if an act received good reviews in Peoria, it would do well nationwide."
But great quiz
I also enjoy idioms turned into malapropisms that I've encountered over the years.
For example, My Dad would always say "The $64 dollar question is..." (should be $64,000, like the game show), or , my personal favorite, "Half of one, six dozen of another" (should be six of one, half dozen of another) and I found it endearing.
Like i ve heard how do you like them apples so often for instance
- a tempest in a teapot - it's a storm in a teacup
- a grain of salt - it's a pinch of salt
- five finger discount - ?
- will it play in Preoria - ?
- how do you like them apples - ?
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