The word bombshell has 3 meanings: 1. a kind of bomb, 2. a very sexually attractive woman and 3. some big, dramatic news that is dropped suddenly. Meaning number 2 sounds a little old-fashioned, but it is still understood. Meaning number 3, however, is quite useful. Imagine you are having coffee with a friend, and the friend suddenly says, ‘So, next week I am going to move to Iceland.’ You might say, ‘Wow! Don’t drop bombshells like that on me when my mouth is full of coffee!’ Bombshells are always big surprises, and they are often (but not always) bad surprises. We often use the term ‘drop bombshells’ to mean ‘suddenly tell big news’.
A: Ugh. Big family dinner tonight, arranged by my sister. Sigh.
B: What’s wrong with that? Sounds nice!
A: Well, she just always drops bombshells on us. Last time she told us she’d quit her job. The time before she told us she was getting divorced. I don’t know what she’s going to tell us tonight, but she doesn’t host dinners unless there’s something…
A movie called ‘Bombshell’ came out in January 2020. The title was a double-meaning. Which 2 of the 3 meanings, do you think it was about?