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...

Origin of the Word: Green

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Rather than the twisting linguistic road some color names take to their modern meaning, the English word green remains … Continue reading...

Turning Green With Envy

Green With Envy

"It turned Brer Merlin green with envy and spite, which was a great satisfaction to me." -- A Connecticut Yankee by Mark … Continue reading...

Origin of the Word: Brown

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From khaki to umber, there’s no question that brown is the go-to neutral for fashionistas everywhere. Yet despite its … Continue reading...

The Short, Sweet Truth About White Lies

The Short, Sweet Truth About White Lies

"Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind." ~Austin O'Malley Most people, even those … Continue reading...

Origin of the Word: Blue

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Think you know what the word blue means? While in English it’s a broad word used to describe everything from shimmering … Continue reading...

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