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World of color idioms

In English, there are many idioms. They are complex and sometimes awkward sequence of words, but they are extremely useful because they give the opportunity to become better acquainted with the world of phrases, English-speaking family members. Among these there is a set of expressions, closely associated with the colors, namely, all the favorite colors of the rainbow that is good inquisitive mind studying English. What can extract useful yellow, red or green «traffic light»?

Let’s look at the table below:

In the black
Golden opportunity
Be browned off
Look blue
Tickled pink
Silver screen
White elephant
White -collar worker

Before us is a set of phrases in which two or three words are united by a common sense and a mandatory carry a constituent element, namely color. And now I propose to try to combine the phrases and pictures below. Do not be scared if you do not get to do it quickly and instantly. It is necessary to think a little, and all lined up by itself!

So, you’ve certainly got to try and ..? Well, of course, you will get exactly the best result (you can compare my version with yours!)

In the black
Golden opportunity (This is my golden opportunity and I can not pass it up. — This opportunity only comes once in life, and I can not miss it).
Be browned off (She’s really browned off at you. — It is on you evil as the devil).
Look blue (He looks blue today after that quarrel. — It is no fun after that quarrel).
Tickled pink (She was tickled pink to be invited. — She was happy as an elephant that she was invited).
Silver screen (Stars of the silver screen — the stars of the screen).
White elephant (His mother left him this huge old house in the country — something of a white elephant, I think. — His mother left him a legacy of this bolshushy old house in the village, which I think is a burden for him).
White-collar worker (I am just a white-collar worker, the office plankton, as people say. — I’m just a white collar — office plankton — the opinion of the people).

And imagine that you would be in a restaurant or at a party in the group of English-speaking representatives; You could throw a huge number of issues on which it would have sounded forth above idioms. For example:

  1. Are you a white-collar worker? Tell about your company.

  2. What do you think about Ukrainian blue screen?

  3. Have you ever got any white elephant from your relatives or grandparents?

  4. Are you tickled pink if you get a nice present from somebody?

  5. How often do you look blue or browned off?

  6. Do you expect some golden opportunity in the nearest future?

  7. Are you always in the black?

I think you will not lose face, and calmly answer the questions.

And now I suggest a little more focus and pay attention to other commonly used expressions. By the way, let’s try to simply put together, namely to choose the right value for each idiom:

1 Appear / happen out of the blue a To occur spontaneously
2 Blue pencil something b Favorite person
3 Blue-eyed boy c Police officers
4 Bolt from the blue d As a thunderstorm over one’s head!
5 Look / feel blue e Too rarely / not often
6 Blue in the face f Excited / impulsively happy
7 Once in a blue moon g To censor smth / to control the media writings
8 Men / boys in blue h Feel sad / unhappy

So, after a successful attempt, let’s compare notes: 1a / 2g / 3b / 4d / 5h / 7e / 8c. What are the results? Even if you have spent on a similar job for more than 15 minutes, do not despair, because you have spent time in the company of blue. And now look at the examples below using data from fixed expressions.

  1. The teachers always loved him. He was a true blue-eyed boy.

  2. What can be said about this country’s politics? They only blue pencil the press but never try to improve the work of their own.

  3. It happened out of the blue. I was deeply shocked.

  4. She always looks blue. She is depressed and almost never cheered up.

  5. He drank too much and everybody sees that he is blue in the face.

  6. Oh! I have not seen you for ages !!! Just once in a blue moon.

  7. He is being followed by men / boys in blue.

  8. I can not say that I could not predict it but the results were like a bolt from the blue.

And in order to secure the sustainable use of expressions in speech, I propose to make an interesting story, following the proposed plan:

Use the plan:

  1. How did it happen?
  2. Who were the main characters?
  3. How did they feel? What did they do?
  4. What were the results?

In your place I would have written the following story:

  1. It happened out of the blue one sunny day when I was going along the street.
  2. Two men in blue came up to me and asked politely to show them my documents.
  3. The men in blue were browned off and felt blue. They were looking around and could not stand calmly near me. I understood that something dangerous should take place like a bolt from the blue.
  4. I was completely right. The men in blue were pretending to be policemen in order to get money from me. They might have wanted to blue pencil my passport but two real boys in blue stopped them in time.

If you want even more deeply acquainted with the world of color idioms, be sure to check out the presentation and choose for themselves the most commonly used set expressions that you can use in your speech. I wish you all good luck!



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