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    off-color

    We use "off-color" when it's not the right color or it's on the verge of indecency. Can we say " I feel off-color."?

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    Re: off-color

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Can we say " I feel off-color."?
    Yes.

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    Re: off-color

    Can we say " I feel off-color."?
    Incorrect punctuation.

    Try this:
    Can we say "I feel off-color?"

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    Re: off-color

    I'm the US, "off-color" usually means slightly dirty or inappropriate. This joke is a bit off-color. Will anyone be offended?

    Also, you would not put the ? inside the " because the question was not part of what was being quoted. The question had to do with whether was was being quoted was appropriate.


    Are you the person they call "Subway"?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: off-color

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    We use "off-color" when it's not the right color or it's on the verge of indecency. Can we say " I feel off-color."?
    I've never heard it used like this. How do you feel when you "feel off-color"?

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    Re: off-color

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    No - you can't feel off color. Your behavior can be off color. The movie can be off color.
    I knew that besically it means that one's ,shall we say, behavior can be a bit off-color but what would it mean "I feel a bit off-color"? It's part of the expressions we were given at University to learn by heart.

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    Re: off-color

    I would ask the person at the university. It's not a standard expression and most people wouldn't know what you meant.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: off-color

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I knew that besically it means that one's ,shall we say, behavior can be a bit off-color but what would it mean "I feel a bit off-color"? It's part of the expressions we were given at University to learn by heart.
    It means you feel a bit sick. Maybe it is more common in British English.

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    Re: off-color

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    No - you can't feel off color. Your behavior can be off color. The movie can be off color.



    3. not in one's usual health: to feel off-color.
    Off-color | Define Off-color at Dictionary.com

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    #10

    Re: off-color

    [QUOTE=Gillnetter;685670]No - you can't feel off color. [QUOTE]

    You certainly can.

    I'm feeling off-colour right now.

    Rover
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