June 22, 2016

Hooray for Pink!

Thursday June 23, in National Pink Day. (I don't make this up, ladies - it's a real National Day!)
Pink  is a pale red color which got its name from a flower of same name and was first used as a color name in the late 17th century. According to surveys in both the United States and Europe with results indicating that the color pink combined with white or pale blue is most commonly associated with femininity, sensitivity, tenderness, childhood and the romantic.  Pink, when combined with violet or black is associated with eroticism and seduction.

Dating back to the 14th century, “to pink” (the verb) means “to decorate with a perforated or punched pattern.” (as in pinking shears!)

Pink ribbons or decorations were worn by young boys in 19th century England.  The men in England wore red uniforms and since boys were considered small men, boys wore pink. Yes, that's right, most little boys wore pink!

Pink became much bolder, brighter and more assertive in the 20th century and 1931, the color “Shocking Pink” was introduced. Hot pink is a colour I associate with the late 1960s and 70s.

Here's how PINK has entered our langauge:

In the pink – To be in top form, in good health, in good condition.
Tickled pink – means extremely pleased.
To see pink elephants – To hallucinate from alcoholism.
Pink slip – To be given a pink slip means to be fired or dismissed from a job.
Pink-collar worker – Persons working in jobs conventionally regarded as  “women’s work.”
Pink Money –   an economic term which refers to the spending power of the LGBT community.

How about wearing your favourite PINK bra, not matter what the shade June 23? I know I will be!

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