Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: green cheese

  1. #1
    jiang is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    2,671
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default green cheese

    Dear teachers,

    The following is a dialogue;

    He turned to me.
    " You don't think Eugene could win," she said. "Do you?"
    Everyone stared at me. Did I? " Does rain fall up?" I said. "Is the moon made of green cheese?"

    I have never seen cheese of green colour. I have a feeling it might have a special meaning. My question is: Does 'green cheese' here have a special meaning?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    12,971
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: green cheese


  3. #3
    jiang is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    2,671
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: green cheese

    Dear Cas,

    Sorry our questions keep you busy.

    I posted the question but it didn't appear in my profile. So I went to Forum and found your reply.

    I have surffed the websites and know the origin of the expression. So 'green' means new or fresh in this expression? Then if I translate the expression from English the translated version should mean " Is the moon made of fresh cheese" instead of " Is the moon made of cheese of green colour'?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    12,971
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: green cheese

    "green" works. That's the color of new immature cheese.

    Note, that "Eugene could win" is as absurd a notion as "rain fall[ing] up" and "the moon [being] made of green cheese."

    The phrase "the moon is made of green cheese" was coined in the sixteenth century, attributed to John Heywood in his Proverbes (1546), in which "green" refers to "new" immature rounded cheeses with a mottled surface and color similar to that of the moon.

    Here's a photo (scroll down to where it says "A piece of the moon?"):

    http://www.cheesemonthclub.com/pastn...rs/vol6no4.htm

    Note, the "green" in that photo is mighty vibrant; there are other green cheeses that are greyish-green in color.

  5. #5
    jiang is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    2,671
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: green cheese


    Dear Cas,

    Thank you so much for your explanation. Now I see. I didn't expect the question would get interesting answers.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    "green" works. That's the color of new immature cheese.

    Note, that "Eugene could win" is as absurd a notion as "rain fall[ing] up" and "the moon [being] made of green cheese."

    The phrase "the moon is made of green cheese" was coined in the sixteenth century, attributed to John Heywood in his Proverbes (1546), in which "green" refers to "new" immature rounded cheeses with a mottled surface and color similar to that of the moon.

    Here's a photo (scroll down to where it says "A piece of the moon?"):

    http://www.cheesemonthclub.com/pastn...rs/vol6no4.htm

    Note, the "green" in that photo is mighty vibrant; there are other green cheeses that are greyish-green in color.

Similar Threads

  1. the term for 'fir tree'
    By Veronikap in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 21-Nov-2005, 10:37
  2. No one can revise my essay? hello please!!
    By thachha in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 20-Aug-2005, 04:49
  3. rub of green
    By vodkatini in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 18-Jan-2004, 08:55

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •