I don’t mind storms. Actually, I like them although the crack of thunder and the bolt of lightening will make me jump. It’s one of my natural reactions. To me, it’s the same as the knee jerk when that spot on the knee is tapped — the leg’s reflexes simply react. Natural.
You could “weather a storm” because this means that you get through a crises or hard times, and sometimes a really bad storm is a crises. But it means more than a storm, it means any crises or hard time. For instance, we may “weather a storm” when we become unemployed and look for a job and find one before the unemployment check comes to a screeching halt. Whew! we weathered that storm. We made it through the bad time, the crises.
When you take something by storm, though, it has nothing to do with storms or going through hard times — and it has everything to do with success. Yes. Success. Milly went into the branch office and took it by storm. She was the super hero, the savior of the day. She was suddenly, overwhelmingly successful at the office. Every once in awhile in life, we cross paths with the super hero, the person who takes life by storm, who is suddenly successful.
On the opposite end of this idiom is a sinister meaning, take by storm can also means to capture a place by a sudden, violent attack. This brings to mind the term “stormtrooper”, and not the one you may recognize in the StarWars tales. I am thinking about other real and dangerous stormtroopers.
Long ago and far away, the Germans created a new way of fighting a war — they started stormtroopers specialist soldiers for their army in World War I. What did they do? They surprised and assaulted the men who were in the trenches. The term can also be translated from the German language as “Shock Troops.” Yes, I believe it would be a shock.
Put into perspective, though, StarWars‘ Stormtroopers may not have been around if the Germans did not tag the term. Maybe they would have been called the Soldiers in White. Who knows.
I would rather keep with the less sinister meaning of this idiom, although soldiers do come to my mind when I hear this phrase. Today, though, I will imagine someone taking the bull by the horn and take life by storm.
Until Friday…have a good week…