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    colours and feeling

    Dear teachers,

    Can you explain the meaning of these colours when talking about a person's feeling? For example, feeling blue means sad. How about feeling green, brown and purple?

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    #2

    Re: colours and feeling

    Feeling blue is an idiom. The other colors don't have comparable idioms.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: colours and feeling

    We don't normally say we're feeling green, brown or purple. That's only for blue.

    However, many colours have associated ideas. For example, green is sometimes associated with envy, sometimes with sickness, and sometimes with inexperience.

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    Re: colours and feeling

    No, but you can say, e.g.,
    I'm not as green as I look. ["Green" means naive in that context.]
    I was browned off with his behaviour. ["Browned off" means annoyed in that context.]

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    Re: colours and feeling

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    No, but you can say, e.g.,
    I'm not as green as I look. ["Green" means naive in that context.]
    I was browned off with his behaviour. ["Browned off" means annoyed in that context.]
    I am not sure. Once I went to the teacher's room in a language school. I greeted a Canadian teacher by saying "How are you"? and he replied "I'm feeling green today". He explained to me that feeling green meant feeling calm and nothing special. I'm quite confused.

    In Mika lyrics, it was written like this:

    I could be brown
    I could be blue
    I could be violet sky
    I could be hurtful
    I could be purple

    Do you know what it means?

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    Re: colours and feeling

    Quote Originally Posted by Jenny Nguyen View Post
    I greeted a Canadian teacher by saying "How are you"? and he replied "I'm feeling green today". He explained to me that feeling green meant feeling calm and nothing special.
    Do you know what it means?
    It would have meant nothing to me.

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    Re: colours and feeling

    Quote Originally Posted by Jenny Nguyen View Post
    he replied "I'm feeling green today". He explained to me that feeling green meant feeling calm and nothing special.
    I've never heard that before. Perhaps it's a Canadian English idiom; though I doubt it.

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    In Mika lyrics,

    Song lyrics often don't have specific/clear/obvious meaning, and what you quoted above is no exception!

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    Re: colours and feeling

    The Canadian teacher and Mika were being creative with their language use. The way they used those colour-words to mean whatever they meant is not a normal, universal way of using them.

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    Re: colours and feeling

    I don't know about being "browned off."

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