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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Color: Post II: AmitL

Color,color on the wall,who is the fairest color of all? From rainbows to colored hands to memories, BUFers have said it all. But, this topic was not covered yet. So, here goes:

Thinking of color reminds me of some phrases I come across in following my vociferous reading habits. However, instead of randomly trying to collate various phrases, I discovered a set during net-surfing. So, here goes:


Red carpet treatment: giving privileged treatment to an important person
Caught red-handed: clearly guilty
Red in the face: to become embarrassed
Seeing red: to be angered
Red flag: a warning of danger
Not worth a red cent: having no value
Red letter day: a memorable, joyful day
Red tape: excessive formalities in govermental process
In the red: a term to describe an economic loss


Yellowbellied: a cowardly manner
Yellow fever: a disease involving high fever and jaundice that is common in the tropics
Yellow jack: a flag flown on a vessel to show that it is under quarantine
Yellowdog contract: a contract which denies a person the right to join a worker's union
Yellow journalism: newspaper articles thought to be sensationalized in order to sell more papers
(And, yellow, of course,reminds me of two cheerful oldies
"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss)
" Yellow Submarine-by The Beatles"


Get the green light: get approval to move ahead or proceed with a project or task
Green corn: the young, tender ears of Indian corn
Green thumb (US) or Green fingers (UK): an unusual ability to make plants grow
Green room: a room (in a theater or studio) where performers can relax before or after appearances
Greenback: a legal-tender note issued by the United States government
Greener pastures: something newer or better (or perceived to be better), such as a new job Green with envy: jealous or envious
Greenhorn: novice, trainee, beginner
Green around the gills: marked by a pale, sickly, or nauseated appearance
Turn green: to look pale and ill as if you are going to vomit
Going green: when someone or something makes changes to help protect the environment, or reduces waste or pollution

Out of the blue: unexpected
True blue: to be loyal or faithful
Once in a blue moon: an event that occurs infrequently
Blue ribbon: first place; to describe something as being of the highest quality
Blue blood: an aristocrat
Blue law: laws about morality issues
Blue comedy: jokes about socially taboo subjects
Blueprint: a detailed design of an object or idea
Blue plate special: a special priced meal at a restaurant
Bluestocking: a woman with strong scholarly interests
Feeling blue: to feel sad or unhappy

Purple prose: an elabrorately written poem or paragraph in liteature
Purple heart: a medal awarded to a US soldier wounded in battle
Born to the purple: a person who is born into a noble or royal family
Lay it out in lavendar: very cool, relaxed, and in control

Tickled pink: to be happy
In the pink: in good health -- this phrase hasn't always had this meaning.
Pinking shears: scissors with serrated blades
A pink elephant: term to describe hallucinations during intoxication
Pinkie finger: the smallest finger on the human hand
Pink slip: notice that employment is ending
Pink collar: refers to a particular class of jobs once only filled by women

Brown sugar: partially refined sugar
Brown bagging: to bring a homemade packed lunch to work
Brown out: a partial loss of electrical power
Brownstone: a building made out of dark colored sandstone
In a brown study: describing someone as being in deep thought


White Christmas: the appearance of snow on Christmas day
White elephant: a possession that no longer holds value for its owner
White flag: the signal of a peaceful surrender
White goods: a description of household items, such as linens, towels, and appliances
White hot: extreme manner of intensity
White lie: a harmless untruth usually told out of politeness
White sauce: a sauce made from stock, butter, flour and seasonings
White feather: a symbol of cowardice

Black comedy: creating comedy out of a tragic event or situation
Black coffee: coffee without milk
Black belt: the highest awarded belt in the martial arts
Blackball: voting against someone in a secret manner to prevent them from becoming a member of a club
Blackmail: to demand payment or action by means of a threat
Black sheep: a bad character in an otherwise respectable group
Black day: a bad day; often used before the name of a paticular day to symbolize a tragic event, such as black Tuesday or black Friday.

Gray market: the business of buying or selling items that are priced below what has been regulated
Gray mood: an unhappy mood
Gray area: caught between two differing views
Gray cells: The brain: What keeps us alive n kicking..
Whew- quite a lesson in colors, that one,I guess?Hope you enjoyed it.(Or,did you go,ho-hum..yawn...:))

Have a nice day.


  1. very enlightening amit! i learnt new words too! :P

  2. omg u've done some real good research work here it seems ;p

    as michelle said .. it was indeed very enlightening!

  3. very clever post!

    thank God u identify white lies..that means u'll forgive me LOL!


  4. quite a nice lesson amit.. thnx for this stuff :)

  5. indeed a lesson.. beautifully written amit !! :)