JBaker at STRADLEY.COM
Tue Dec 11 19:22:21 UTC 2001
If you are referring to the figurative term meaning a ceremonial
welcome or lavish reception, it derives from the practice of laying down a
red carpet on formal occasions to greet important visitors. I don't know
how long that's been common, but the OED has a 1905 quotation from the
Westminster Gazette: "There were waiting on the red-carpeted platform . . .
officials representing the railway company."
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> Hi everyone,
> Does anybody there know the etymology of "red carpet"?
> Gao Yongwei
> Fudan University,
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