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    Default to be tickled pink

    Hello.

    The dictionary says this idiom means being very pleased or amused.
    I wonder if it is because when you are tickled to pale (can I say that?)
    you usually laugh and look very happy.

    I would be grateful if you would correct any mistakes in this post.

    Thanks, Alex.
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    Default Re: to be tickled pink

    "Tickled pale" is not an expression I have heard in English.

    When a person is tickled, they generally experience an increase in heart rate and movement. Often, this makes their face blush "pink". Furthermore, tickling is an affectionate action (watch a baby when she's tickled) that elicits feelings of joy and happiness, as you have mentioned.

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    Default Re: to be tickled pink

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hello.

    The dictionary says this idiom does means being very pleased or amused. - I'm tempted to suggest quote marks around the phrase, to denote when it starts and stops, but I think technically that is not correct with "says this ... means". Perhaps just italicizing it would help.
    I wonder if it is because when you are tickled to pale (can I say that?),
    you usually laugh and look very happy.

    Also, I would be grateful to you if you would correct my any mistakes in this post.

    - I would include "Also" or "Additionally" here to denote that this is an additional request, unrelated to the question at hand.
    - "my" is fine here, but to me is suggests there definitely are mistakes, whereas "any" doesn't.

    Thanks, Alex.
    [not a teacher]

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