What does "Thundering typhoons" mean? Actually it was in the 2011 movie The Adventures of Tintin.

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Thundering typhoons! is an alliterative phrase (sometimes in the extended form Ten thousand thundering typhoons!) used by Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper and Michael Turner to translate Hergé's Tonnerre de Brest! (a loud daily canon shot to announce the closure of the arsenal at Brest).

It is simply a exclamation not designed to mean anything. Captain Haddock also says Blistering barnacles (or Billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles!) as a translation of Mille millions de mille milliards de mille sabords! (literally, thousands of millions of thousands of billions of thousands of portholes).

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