The Blue Hour

Blue Hour - L'Heure Bleue Paris

The blue hour comes from The French expression l’heure bleue, which refers to the period of twilight each morning and … Continue reading...

Greenmail

Greenmail

Like blackmail, greenmail is money that is paid to an entity to make it stop an aggressive behavior. Definition of … Continue reading...

Black Moon: Blue Moon’s Wallflower Cousin

Black Moon

A black moon refers to a second new moon that occurs within a single calendar month. A black moon can only occur when … Continue reading...

Give The Green Light Meaning

Get The Green Light Meaning

The green light most often refers to a traffic signal; the fixtures that are a ubiquitous part of our roadways. When … Continue reading...

The Problem Of Describing Color

The Problem Of Describing Color

Finding words to describe my experience with color often eludes me and I look to others for ways to put into language … Continue reading...

He Wasn’t All Greenhorn

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"He showed he wasn't all greenhorn, an' he learns pretty quick." --The Valley of the Moon by Jack London When Jack … Continue reading...

Origin Of The Word: Yellow

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Yellow. The word used to describe everything from sunshine to jaundice is one of the oldest color words used in the … Continue reading...

Being In the Pink

Being In the Pink

Today, the phrase "in the pink" means "in good health" --but this has not always been the case. The phrase originally … Continue reading...

Once In A Blue Moon

Once In A Blue Moon

Originally, “once in a blue moon” referred to an absurdity, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The OED notes a … Continue reading...

Origin of the Word: Red

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If you’ve ever sighed over a perfect red rose or perhaps griped about being stopped by a red light you’ve used a word … Continue reading...

Origin of the Word: Purple

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Purple. It’s a color that calls to mind opulence and royalty. However, the word purple has a history as rich as the … Continue reading...

Origin of the Word: Orange

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From the color of carved pumpkins to the scent of a succulent citrus fruit, the word orange triggers memories that … Continue reading...

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