NEWSFLASH : BRIDGE INCIDENT INSPIRES A NEW IDIOM AT THE EXPENSE OF AN OLD ONE
The storm in a teacup idiom is now truly dead and buried, having been superseded by a much more colourful replacement " bridgemate across a table ".
This rather amusing use of hyperbole cleverly attempts to highlight the absurdity of people who over react. Originating from an incident at the Walnut Tree Allotment Society bridge club in 2012, the idiom made its debut appearance in the club's newsletter , which reported the events of what took place that particular night . At the risk of stating the obvious , the harmless movement of a bridgemate across a table could hardly be seen as being in the same league as one flung , with real force and venom , straight into an opponent's face.
However , the very circumstances in which bridgemates are moved across a table might well imply that slight deviations , or even different elevations , from an established code of practice or designated flight path , could cause ructions. Unfortunately for the alleged wrongdoer , his or her actions were interpreted completely out of proportion to the real nature of any " offence " which may have taken place ( or not ).
A bridgemate across a table idiom , just like its predecessor a storm in a teacup , depicts a sad and common truth, which reveals one of the great failings of The Human Condition : how petty minded people are often driven to make a great fuss about something of no or little consequence.