Color Idioms and Your Work

June 17th, 2015

just a few can benefit your work.

 

Today’s blog is by Margaret Stewart, Executive Assistant at SafeSourcing.

There are many color idioms in the English language, some more familiar than others, and learning just a few can benefit your work. Find out what they mean and how they could apply to you.

Red – “In the red” This phrase is one many of us have heard and refers to a place none of us want to be. It refers to financial accounts, where going below zero means those accounts are in the red. In dire situations like this, a person may be “shown the red card”, or dismissed from a job.

Black – “In the Black” This phrase is not as commonly used and is the opposite of “in the red”. It also refers to financial accounts, where they are well above zero. It also is used to describe someone or something as successful or profitable.

Blue – “A bolt from the blue” Like a sudden lightning strike, this refers to unexpected bad news. News like this can “make you feel blue” or saddened, but hopefully only happens “once in a blue moon”.

Green – “To be Green” Not to be confused with “going green”, which refers to being more environmentally sustainable,  although ”to be green” does stem from nature, when new plants and trees are green when they first sprout, the idiom refers to a person being inexperienced. Green can refer to other positive things as well, like “getting the green light”. This means that a project or plan has been approved and can proceed as desired.

Orange – “Apples and Oranges” Although this idiom refers to the fruit and not the color, it is still an important one to know. It is used to reference two unrelated items and because of differences, cannot be compared in like ways.

Black, White, and Gray – “Black and White” This refers to definite outcomes, like yes and no or good and bad.  “Shades of Gray” refers to all the areas in between the black and white ends of the spectrum, where something is not simply good or bad, but more complicated than that.

If you find yourself in the red or facing the red card, possibly after a bolt from the blue, call SafeSourcing and see if our team can get you back in the black. We go green, but our team isn’t green and with the green light, we can help.

For more information on how SafeSourcing raises the industry standard for customer service, or on our “Risk Free” trial program, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service representative. We have an entire team ready to assist you today.

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