Some colors refer to emotional states



“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.” – Chinese Proverb.

Saturday’s Challenge on partner Susan and my alternate site, Weekly Prompts, was the color BROWN. At the start of each month we choose a particular color as a challenge to our readers’ creativity.

My take on the challenge involved the term “browned off”. 

The terms “cheesed off,” or  “browned off” is a similar term meaning fed up or annoyed with something. The term became  part of the vernacular in 1928.

Both The Oxford English Dictionary and Green’s trace it to British sources, originating no later than 1938. That was the publication date of James Curtis’s novel “They Drive By Night”.

This line from which both reference works quote: “What the hell had he got to be so browned off about? He ought to be feeling proper chirpy.”

As for American adoption, “browned off” is not in wide use today on on either side of the Atlantic but appears to have been picked up by American soldiers in World War II.

Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge – Brown


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