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Thursday, January 19, 2006


In our last edition of WORDS, WORDS, WORDS, Dr. English asked you to find the meanings of some common slang expressions related to colors. Here are the answers:

The grass is always greener… - Another situation always looks better (but may not be in reality).
Ex: I would love to have your job, but I know that the grass is always greener (on the other side).

Out of the blue - Unexpectedly
Ex: The rain just started out of the blue.

Caught red-handed – Caught in the act of doing something wrong
Ex: Sam was caught red-handed trying to take some money from my wallet.

Once in a blue moon – Very rarely, almost never
Ex: My boyfriend only buys me flowers once in a blue moon.

Seeing red – Very angry
Ex: Beth was seeing red when she heard the rumors that had been said about her.

If you would like more information on WORDS, WORDS, WORDS, please email Doctor English with your questions at drenglish@vec.ca


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