“Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining”


| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!his common English Aphorism is a Metaphorical Expression which is used to say that:  Every situation that may be perceived as “bad” or un-pleasant (like rain-clouds in the sky), usually has some sort of hidden beneficial or advantageous aspect to it (“silver”) — even though it may not been seen or experienced presently.  (One can not see the lining in a coat when it is being worn.  It is underneath.)

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!p expand on the “Silver” part of the phrase…  This is simply referring to how some clouds (not typically the ones that are about to rain down on you), seem to have a “Silver” color to them, in addition to the white.  This usually happens on days which have a lot of sunshine, but also when there are still clouds in the sky.  And as “Silver” (the metal) is valuable — this represents the “good” aspect of something which (when it turns into a rain-cloud) may be perceived of as “bad”.

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!his phrase is usually used to describe a situation which is happening presently, or has already happened.  Or as a reminder to someone who is experiencing — or is about to experience — an un-pleasant situation.  This expression is given so that the person can perceive the circumstances with a more optimistic attitude — (even if the sharing of aphorisms like this is rarely effective at achieving the intended purpse of making the other person feel better.)

For Example…

Notice!  —  The video below contains language that would not be considered “appropriate” for a typical classroom environment…  But this is NOT a typical classroom environment.  😉

In Case You Didn’t Catch That

(Because Of Their Thick Accents)

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!he “Cloud” (the un-pleasant reality) in this situation is that the guy who said that his “…grandmother is sick…”, owes $20 to the main character in the video-clip (the young guy).

And That Was A Lot Of Money At The Time That This Movie Was Supposed To Be Taking Place.  The Main Character Does Not Like This…  He Wants His Money!

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!owever — the “mob-boss” character (the older gentleman in the blue suit) asks him if the guy is a friend.  The main character then responds by says…

“Nah!  I Doh-Neven-Lai-Kim!


(Translation:  “No.  I don’t even like him”)

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!nd so the older gentleman explains that — perhaps, the main character should not be so upset about the situation.  But instead — he should think of his situation in a slightly different way:

Let’s Break It Down…


  • The Guy Owes Him $20
  • Because Of This, The Guy Will Always Avoid Him
  • The Main Character Doesn’t Like The Guy
  • Therefore — Since The Guy Owes Him Money — He Will Never Have To Deal With That Guy Ever Again…  (Which Is A “Good” Thing)


  • The Cloud = He “Lost” $20
  • The Silver Lining = The Guy Is Out Of His Life…  And It Only Cost Him $20!

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!o even though the actual phrase — “Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining” — was not even used in the video clip, it is a good demonstration and example of the usage and the meaning of this phrase.

And…  The reason that I chose that video clip is because when I first saw that movie — that scene completely changed my way of thinking about situations like this.  I have thought about this many times that someone “Cheated” me or stole from me.  Now I see it that, I just paid to have them out of my life!  (Because who would want a person like that in their life?).  So when I decided to make a blog post about this phrase — I immediately thought of the scene from the video above.  😉

Have An Excellent Day!


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