It's a red-letter day for language lovers! This unique compendium focuses on the etymologies, interrelationships, and changing meanings of 750 color-related terms in our language. If you've ever wondered where such phrases as talking a blue-streak, writing purple prose, of seeing everything in black and white came from, you'll find the answers in this virtual Crayola box of expressions. Now you can learn why black sheep took on the meaning of a deceiver or an odball�how musicians came to sing the blues�when and where the name of that delicious confection, the brownie, first appeared in print�and why there is vagueness in the proverbial gray area. Twelve comprehensive chapters covering every color family provide intriguing histories for such terms as the Black Hole of Calcutta, the Red menace, and Agent Orange, as well as authoritative definitions that give students, scholars, and just plain folks the green light for more effective and accurate speaking and writing. Whether investigating negative or positive symbolism--as in seeing with a jaundiced eye or through rose-colored glasses--this is an informative and entertaining reference that makes a wonderful gift for word lovers of every hue.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)|