Colour Idioms and Interesting Facts about Purple

Colour Idioms and Interesting Facts about Purple

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Colour Idioms and Interesting Facts about Purple

1. purple prose or purple passage or purple patch - flowery, romantic writing, excessively elaborate or full of imagery - kifinomult, romantikus, szóképekkel teletűzdelt írás               

2. to be born in the purple - born into a high ranking/aristocratic family - előkelő, arisztokrata családba születni, „bíborban született”                                    

3. the Purple Heart (U.S.) - a U.S. military honor badge a decoration awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces for a wound incurred in action - Bíbor Szív kitüntetés

4. a purple patch (British) - a period of exceptionally high achievement, a run of success or good luck - szerencsés periódus

5. the purple - bishops collectively - püspökök összefoglaló neve

6. purple rain - purple dye sprayed by a police water cannon to mark the demonstrators for arrest - „lila eső”

7. “The Purple” - a man with the rank of Roman Emperor was referred to like this, the name came from the colour of the robe he wore - a római császár elnevezése

8. purple state - In the United States, a state with equal distribution of Republicans and Democrats - az USA olyan állama, ahol megegyezik a republikánusok és a demokraták aránya

9. to be purple with rage - to be very angry - lilul a feje a méregtől

Interesting Facts

In Japan, the colour purple signifies wealth and position.

Purple denotes virtue and faith in Egypt.

Traditionally, in Iran, purple is a colour of what is to come. A sun or moon that looks purple during an eclipse is an omen of bloodshed within the year.

In Christianity, purple is associated with Advent and Lent.

Julius and Augustus Caesar, Emperors of Rome, both decreed that only the Emperor could wear purple. When Nero became Emperor, the wearing of purple and even the sale of purple was punishable by death.

Purple was the colour of the first dye made by man. It was called “Mauveine” and was made out of coal tar. The recipe was discovered in 1856.

Purple represents the planet Jupiter.

Leonardo da Vinci believed that the power of meditation increases ten times when done in a purple light, as in the purple light of stained glass.

During the Silver Age of comic books, those with purple on their covers sold better.

In stained glass, the colour purple or violet is seen as uniting the “wisdom” of blue and the “love” of red and symbolizes justice and royalty.

Which  “purple” phrase or idiom can you use in the sentences below?

1. My grandpa was a real hero. He was wounded in action and he got the …………… when he came home from the war.

2. John is very proud of his aristocratic origin. He always brags that he ………….. and expects us to look up to him.

3. I have been very lucky on the field in the last few weeks. I scored at least fifty goals. But I am very anxious because people expect me to score in every game now I've hit a …………. .

4. I like reading his novels. His writing is flowery and romantic, it is typical ………….. .

5. In Catholicism the collective name for bishops is ………….. .

Key:

1. Purple Heart

2. was born in the purple

3. purple patch

4. purple prose/purple patch/purple passage

5. the purple

Vocabulary

elaborate

gondosan kidolgozott

imagery

szóképek

high ranking

magasrangú

military honor badge

katonai érdemérem

decoration

kitüntetés

wound

seb, sebesülés

incurred in action

bevetés közben kapott

bishop

püspök

dye

festék

water cannon

vízágyú

rank

rang

emperor

császár

robe

köntös, palást

distribution

eloszlás

to signify

jelenteni, kifejezni

wealth

gazdagság

to denote

jelezni, kifejezni

virtue

erény

eclipse

nap- vagy holdfogyatkozás

bloodshed

vérontás

Lent

nagyböjt

to decree

rendeletbe adni

punishable by death

halállal büntetendő

coal tar

kőszénkátrány

stained glass

festett üveg (ablak)

justice

igazságosság

royalty

fenség

rage

őrjöngés, düh

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