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    tempest in a tea cup

    Hi,

    Is "The protest over the retirement was just a tempest in a teacup" correct?

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    #2

    Re: tempest in a tea cup

    The BrE version is 'storm in a teacup'.

    We would need more context to know if the article before 'retirement' was appropriate.

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    Re: tempest in a tea cup

    It's correct, but 'storm in a teacup' is more common. [click]

    (cross-posted)

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    #4

    Re: tempest in a tea cup

    I read and hear "tempest in a teapot" more often. I like the alliterative nature of the "t" and "p" sounds in the phrase.

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    #5

    Re: tempest in a tea cup

    "Tempest in a teacup" is the only version of this expression I've seen in American English.
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    #6

    Re: tempest in a tea cup

    "Teapot" here.

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    #7

    Re: tempest in a tea cup

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Teapot" here.
    Yes. "Tempest in a teapot" is what I hear in my dialect.

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