Saturday, February 19, 2011


The word green is closely related to the Old English verb growan, “to grow”. It is used to describe plants or the ocean. By far the largest contributor to green in nature is chlorophyll, the chemical by which plants photosynthesize.

In the United States of America, green is a slang term for money, among other things. Several colloquialisms have derived from these meanings, such as “green around the gills”, a phrase used to describe a person who looks ill.

Green is life.
Abundant in nature, green signifies growth, renewal, health, and environment.
Green is a restful color with some of the same calming attributes of blue. Like blue, time moves faster in a green room.
Green is the national color of Ireland and is strongly associated with that country. Green also has close associations with Islam. Because of all the green in nature the color is reminiscent of Spring. Coupled with red it's a Christmas color.

 green is jealousy or envy (green-eyed monster) and inexperience, and sick.
Several minerals have a green color, including emeralds which are colored green by its chromium content.
green has broad and sometimes contradictory meanings. In some cultures, green symbolizes hope and growth, while in others, it is associated with death, sickness, envy or the devil.

Green is also associated with regeneration, fertility and rebirth for its connections to nature. Recent political groups have taken on the color as symbol of environmental protection and social justice, and consider themselves part of the Green Movement, some naming themselves Green Parties. This has led to similar campaigns in advertising, as companies have sold green, or environmentally friendly, products.

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