#AtoZChallenge: T is for TEMPESTUOUS

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#AtoZChallenge, Day 20: T is for Tempestuous, The Doglady's Den
Day 20, April 23




1. characterized by strong and turbulent or conflicting emotion.

“he had a reckless and tempestuous streak”
synonyms: turbulent, stormy, tumultuous, wild, lively, heated, explosive, feverish, frenetic, frenzied
“the tempestuous political environment”
emotional, passionate, impassioned, fiery, intense;
temperamental, volatile, excitable, mercurial, capricious, unpredictable, quick-tempered
“a tempestuous woman”
antonyms: peaceful, calm, placid

2. very stormy.

“a tempestuous wind”
synonyms: stormy, blustery, squally, wild, turbulent, windy, gusty, blowy, rainy; foul, nasty, inclement
“the fair weather passed and the day became tempestuous”
turbulent, stormy, tumultuous, wild, lively, heated, explosive, feverish, frenetic, frenzied
“the tempestuous political environment”

Whenever I think of this word, Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” comes to mind, especially as portrayed by Elizabeth Taylor. Katherina was about as tempestuous as they come! Some people might be put off by the obvious misogyny, if taken too seriously, but what life was like for women when this was written in the late 16th century.

Shakespeare obviously had a fascination for all things stormy, as he wrote “The Tempest” about 20 years later.

Interesting thing about this movie version is that the main character, “Prospero”, was changed into a woman, “Prospera” and portrayed by distinguished British actress Helen Mirren.
Then of course, there’s Tempest Storm, the famous Burlesque dancer from the 50s and 60s, who’s still putting in appearances at various shows even now:

#AtoZChallenge: T is for TEMPESTUOUS, like Tempest Storm

This photo was taken at the 2006 Miss Exotic World Pageant, when she was 78 years old!
Well, it’s late and I’m out of material, but I found this catchy tune:

Apparently, it’s from a Korean video game!
Do you have a tempestuous nature?
[I do, sometimes…]

Do you like stormy weather?
[Yes, but only when I’m indoors, looking out]
Looking forward to your comments!

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30 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: T is for TEMPESTUOUS

    1. I think that shows passion and is a good thing. 🙂 Liz and Dick were my favourite tempestuous couple. I haven’t seen The Tempest with Helen Mirren yet, but am intrigued after watching the clip.

  1. YouTube is the best!!! You can find just about anything on YouTube. I especially like it when I have computer tech problems and I almost always find a video solution to my issue. Hard to think how we lived without it all those years ago… 🙂

                1. this is a good version of that song! I don’t think I’ve heard the Def Leppard version before…Or maybe I did. But it’s good. Cool video too…Love the long leather coat. Yum!

  2. This is a foreboding word. I associate it with impending doom. I don’t often say the word aloud, but that does not mean it does not cross my mind from time to time.

  3. Great word! Ever since moving to Windsor I’ve experienced some pretty tempestuous thunder and lightning storms, and I must say that I kind of love them. 🙂

    1. I remember some of those tempestuous storms from living in London (1959-1965). Only a couple hours’ drive from Windsor; similar climate. We get thunderstorms here too, but they’re not as frequent or as violent.

  4. Great post! Loved looking at the clips, especially Liz and Dick, about the most tempestuous couple ever! I can’t resist a good thunderstorm! I think I’m like my dad that way as he used to like sitting out in our trailer during a thunderstorm to get the full effect. And he was an airforce pilot who once lost an engine due to lightning hitting it. Go figure. Of course, I’d rather experience “La tempete” from a distance rather than be caught right in it.

    Our concert band plays a piece called The Tempest which really gives the percussion a chance to shine with lots of bass drum crashing.

    1. Liz and Dick were favourites of mine, too. 😀
      I love the drama of thunderstorms, but only from inside. Many dogs are scared though.
      One even jumped into the bathtub with me when I was taking a shower
      and there was an especially loud crack of thunder!
      I’m surprised your Dad likes them so much, after what happened to him.
      “The Tempest” sounds like a fun piece. I’m also fond of the “1812 Overture”.

  5. I’m thinking that Liz Taylor was tempestuous in most of her movies, especially those with Richard Burton… I love a tempest tossed night–when I’m in the house; those are the nights I unplug the computer and just work with the battery. Tempestuous temper? Not really, unless I reach the boiling point, like Tasha. Then, I explode and the pieces go flying like shrapnel, drawn like magnets to the person who put on the last straw… (I know 😉 I’m mixing my metaphors).

  6. Fabulous word! I love tempestuous storms…and I can be quite stormy myself. But I’m mostly boring now in my old age! 🙂
    I adore Helen Mirren, in anything. I’ve never seen Tempest. Great music selection. I like it! How cool that it’s from a Korean video game…I can see it being used in movies too. XOXO

    1. I can be stormy too. 🙂 Some of the dogs get very upset during thunderstorms but I love the drama of them. Helen Mirren is fabulous and I love how she’s always honest about her age. That song was definitely a cool find. Don’t you just love Youtube? 😀

  7. Tempestuous is a great word because it sounds how it means :). I am not a tempestuous sort – I’m one of those people who is very calm until I reach my boiling point and then, god help anyone who is in my sights 🙂 I love storms as long as I am looking at them through a window!
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  8. I’ve heard this word used a lot, but not by me. Now I’m starting to think that I use a more limited vocabulary than had though. I should start using this word sometimes.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host