Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one hailstorm or multiple hailstorms.)
Obviously, a hailstorm is like a rainstorm, but with hard bits of ice instead of water drops.
The abstract meaning is the one we're interested in:
A hailstorm is a harsh, sudden, intense outpouring of something.
Even this abstract meaning is very easy to understand, of course.
I include it in "Make Your Point" because it's one of those words that often goes underutilized.
How to use it:
When you want to emphasize the violent, harsh, unrelenting nature of any outpouring, call it a hailstorm: Talk about a hailstorm of emotions (like a hailstorm of rage or a hailstorm of jealousy), a hailstorm of criticism, a hailstorm of controversy, a hailstorm of scrutiny, a hailstorm of insults, a hailstorm of unnecessary fees, a hailstorm of negative comments, etc.
Less abstractly, you can talk about a hailstorm of bullets, a hailstorm of snowballs, a hailstorm of punches, and so on.
Next time, please tone down the hailstorm of garlic in this recipe... thanks.
In the heat of an argument, taking a few deep breaths or counting to ten is supposed to help restrain that hailstorm of venom you're ready to spew.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "hailstorm” means when you can explain it without saying “onslaught” or “downpour."
Think of the last time you kept hearing people complain about the same thing, and fill in the blanks: "Nothing could suppress the hailstorm of complaints when _____."
Example: "Nothing could suppress the hailstorm of complaints when a new policy requiring attention and effort was introduced at a faculty meeting."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
Messages that go through an automated translator into several languages and back into English again often end up sounding funny and garbled-- but still somehow meaningful. We’re having fun with that phenomenon this month as we play our game: Guess the moral from Aesop’s Fables after it has been translated into a few foreign languages and back again by a computer program. Some of the morals may be very familiar to you, others not so much. You don’t need to quote Aesop verbatim but rather just understand the message being conveyed. Try it out each day and see the right answer the following day.
Yesterday’s answer: The translation-babble said, “Familiarity and softens scary.” Aesop said, “Familiarity mollifies even the most terrifying things.”
Try this one today: “Concern is deeds not with words.”
A Point Well Made:
Leonard Cohen: “Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.”
1. The closest opposite of HAILSTORM is
C. BID ADIEU
2. Despite the _____ that a hailstorm of tweets may _____ today, everyone will have forgotten about it by tomorrow.
A. brilliance .. display
B. humor .. reveal
C. rage .. wield
Answers are below.
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Disclaimer: Word meanings presented here are expressed in plain language and are limited to common, useful applications only. Readers interested in authoritative and multiple definitions of words are encouraged to check a dictionary. Likewise, word meanings, usage, and pronunciations are limited to American English; these elements may vary across world Englishes.
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