Idioms are fun: Colours
- April 3, 2017
- Posted by: polyglot polyglot
- Category: Uncategorized
Ever wondered what the world would be like without colour? Imagine no blue sky, no red tomatoes, no green leaves, and no yellow sun……Ah! What a dull place it would be ….no wonder that colour has crept into English too, brightening every sentence we speak or write….giving this language every hue under the sun!Let’s look at some idioms that are often used in every- day speech. And to remember their meanings we have to go deeper, paying attention to their origin.
Meaning: Of high or noble birth.
Origin: Along time ago in Spain, people who were very rich like kings and queens, had a test to determine if someone was of noble birth. They would look at the arms and legs and see if their blood was blue. Actually if you have very fair skin, your veins will show throughthe skin and veins are blue. Since these peoplewere not used to workingin the sun and lived a life of luxury inside their palaces, their skin would be extremely fairand their veins very blue.
Bolt from the blue
Meaning: Something sudden or unexpected.
Origin: Imagine, if you were looking peacefully at a clear blue sky and without a warning a bolt of lightning cracked right in front of you. Would it be unexpected?
Catch someone red-handed
Meaning:Catch someone at the time when they are doing something wrong.
Origin: Imagine being caught while you were murdering someone.Your hands would be red with blood and thet would prove your guilt. Catching someone exactly when they are doing something wrong, is called catching them red-handed.
Get a pink slip
Meaning: To lose your job.
Origin:Till a century ago, If someone lost their job they were given a pink dismissal slip to indicate that their services were no longer needed and that they could collect the money due to them and leave. So getting a pink slip just means losing your job.
In the pink
Meaning: To be in very good health.
Origin:When we see someone with rosy pink cheeks, we tend to associate them with good health. In reality, what makes the skin look pink is the blood flowing under it. And if the blood flow is good, then the person is really healthy. So, pink cheeks are a sure sign of good health.
Green with envy
Meaning: To be jealous.
Origin: Since the time drawing on the walls of caves , man has used colour to describe his emotions. Like red for anger, blue for sadness, black for fair, pink for happiness, and green for jealousy. Shakespeare also referred to jealousy as “the green sickness” in one of his famous plays.
Red carpet treatment
Meaning: To treat specially, giving a lot of respect.
Origin: During the times of kinds and queens, whenever someone important arrived at the palace a red carpet would be rolled out from their carriage to the dooer of the palace to show everyone how important they were. It meant welcoming someone warmly and treating him or her with respesct.
Hope you liked the idioms and will memorize them easily now. May your life be colourul as the rainbow in the clear blue sky!