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

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

He Wasn’t All Greenhorn

He Wasn't All Greenhorn

"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...

Blue Blood for ‘Silver Spoons’

Blue Blood for 'Silver Spoons'

The term "blue blood" came to be associated with the aristocracy simply because it was not uncommon in earlier times for … Continue reading...

It’s A Red Letter Day

It's A Red Letter Day

If someone tells you that today is a "red letter day," they mean it's a day of importance, such as a holiday, birthday, … Continue reading...

The Yellow Journalism Wars

The Yellow Journalism Wars

Today "yellow journalism" means irresponsible, exaggerated, lurid, and even slanderous reporting, a definition that … Continue reading...

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