Saturday, April 7, 2012

G is for Green

Today, the word green is all about ecology and saving the planet.
But before it became politically correct to 'be' green, 
people actually 'turned' green.
Green with envy. Where does that idiom come from?

Yahoo Answers has a nice explanation:
Why do we turn “green” with envy? In antiquity, the Hebrew word for envy, qinah, referred to the burning color in the face produced by a deep emotion. The Greeks believed that jealousy was accompanied by an overproduction of bile, lending a yellowish-green pallor to the victim’s complexion. In the seventh century B.C., the poetess Sappho used the word “green” to describe the face of a stricken lover. After that, the word was used freely by other poets to denote jealousy or envy. The most famous such reference and the origin of the term “green-eyed monster” is Iago’s speech in Shakespeare’s Othello: “O! Beware my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-ey’d monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.”

To marry new with old, how about: Suzie was green with envy when she eyed the sustainable garden Vicky had created.

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