Anger phrases and idioms: Rant on a Tram
Lookout for the phrases and idioms related to anger, printed in bold throughout the text and then explained below
One of the most recognised areas of the London riots has now become known for a certain woman’s ranting and raving. Last week while on a tram (yes, London has a tram service!), Emma West (pictured) was filmed with a face like thunder abusing fellow passengers – only ethnic minority ones – saying that they are not British, while swearing at the same time.
It is not entirely clear what sparked the woman off, but she just started having a go at passengers for no good reason other than they were not white. When one passenger asked her to pack it in, calm down and mind her language because of little kids on the tram, she lashed out and said that she had a child too. The poor boy was sitting on her lap while it was all kicking off.
The tram was packed at the time so a lot of people heard her. The reason why everyone knows about it is because it was also filmed and uploaded onto YouTube, which has now been viewed over 11 million times. She was in court yesterday charged with a racially-aggravated public order offence and burst into tears when she saw the video of herself. She was remanded in custody, which means that she will be held in prison until her next court appearance, when she will receive her sentence. This means that she will be behind bars over Xmas. It has been reported that the court took this decision to keep the women safe, as she has received lots of death threats and her address has been posted on the internet. They are trying to avoid the situation where someone takes the law into their own hands.
Racism does make my blood boil but I would just like to assure students that London is a very tolerant city of other nationalities. Particularly now, you will find everyone in a good mood because of the Christmas period, and I am sure that is also the case in Croydon!
Anger Phrases and Idioms
- Ranting and raving
- To speak or write in an angry or violent manner
- A face like thunder
- to look very, very angry
- Spark something off
- to start a reaction (normally aggressive)
- To have a go at someone
- to attack verbally
- Pack it in
- to stop doing something annoying or unacceptable
- calm down
- become quiet or less intense, especially after moment of aggression
- Mind your language
- be careful what you say and don’t swear
- To lash out
- to attack in response to something
- to be kicking off
- a situation that is becoming aggressive
- To burst into tearsdt>
- start crying
- take the law into your own hands
- to be so angry about an illegal act that you react by commiting an illegal act yourself
- sth makes your blood boil
- something makes you extremely angry