"blue"(English)=obscene. Why "green" in Spanish?
SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Wed Jul 21 01:33:26 UTC 2004
A question from over at the Straight Dope. I call on your help.
We can all ascertain that "blue" was used in English since the 1820's(and before) to mean "obscene." See Michael Quinion's excellent write up at http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-blu2.htm
A poster says that his Spanish teacher in High School told the class that in Spanish they use "green" to mean obscene.
I can't offer more than that. Is the poster correct about Spanish? If so, why the color difference? When did it occur?
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