In all cultures, different colors have different associations. Here are the associations that different colors have for British and American people.
Red warns of danger. The expression red alert is used to warn of a sudden and very dangerous situation. People imagine that the DEVIL is red.
Red heart shapes and red roses are used to represent romantic love. Red clothes, and lips and fingernails that are painted red are often associated with sexual desire. Red is thought to be an exciting color; the expression paint the town red means to go out at night to bars, clubs etc and have a very good time.
In politics, red is used to represent COMMUNISM and SOCIALISM. In the UK the LABOUR PARTY is represented by a red rose.
If someone is red in the face, they are very embarrassed.
It is traditional to welcome a king, queen, or president to a place by having a red carpet for them to walk on?
British and American people think of green as the color that represents nature. If you describe a place as green, you mean that it is covered with grass or trees: green fields. The green belt is an area of land around a city where building is not allowed, in order to protect fields and woods. Green is the national color of Ireland, also known as the EMERALD ISLE because of its many green fields.Lake Titicaca
Green also means "connected with the environment". Green issues are ideas about the environment that are discussed in parliament, newspapers etc. Products that are described as green are thought to cause less harm to the environment than other products.
Green is used to describe someone who is young and lacks experience in a job.
Green represents jealousy. If you are green with envy, you are very jealous of someone who has something that you want. The expression green- eyed monster is used to mean sexual jealousy.
If someone's face is green, they look pate and unhealthy, especially because they are about to OMIT.
Purple is associated with kings and queens and Roman EMPERORS, and in the past, these were the only people who were allowed to wear purple clothes. It is also connected with the POPE.
Purple prose is a piece of writing that has a grand style.
If someone is purple with rage or purple in the face,they are extremely angry.
In the US and UK it is very common for clothes to be blue. NAVY BLUE (=very dark blue) is a common color for UNIFORMS such as those worn by sailors and the police, and formal clothes worn for work: a navy blue suit.
In the UK, blue is the color of the CONSERVATIVE PARTT. There is a joke that old ladies who support this party have a blue rinse, which means that they have their white or gray hair dyed a pale blue color.
In the US, the expression blue-collar is used to talk about social class. A blue-collar worker works in a factory, repairs machines etc compare WHITE-COLLAR.
Blue is connected with coldness. If you say that someone is blue with cold, you mean that they are very cold.
Pale blue is associated with baby boys, who are traditionally dressed in this color. Today many parents avoid dressing their boys in blue because they think that it strengthens sexual STEREOTYPES.
People who belong to royal families are said to be blue-blooded (=to have blue blood).
In the UK and US, pink is thought of as a pretty color that is worn by women and girls. Pale pink is associated with baby girls, who are traditionally dressed in this color. Today many parents avoid dressing their girls in pink because they think that it strengthens sexual TEREOTYPES.
Pink is also connected with HOMOSEXUAL men, and is used in expressions such as the pink pound (=the money that homosexual men have available to spend).
GREY BrE, GRAY AmE
In the US and UK, gray is connected with being dull and boring. It is, however, also a common color for (both men and women's clothes.
A gray day is an unpleasant one because the sky is full of gray clouds.
Grey is connected with old people, and is used in expressions such as the gray vote (=the support of old people in an election).
In the US and UK, black is a very popular color or clothes of all types, and especially "formal clothes. It is typically worn at funerals to show respect and sadness. Black clothes are often worn social occasions in the evening, when women sometimes wear a little black dress (=a simple, short, black dress with no SLEEVES, that is acceptable at most social occasions that happen in the evening or at night) and men sometimes wear a lack DINNER JACKET.
Black is associated with death and evil. WITCHES (=women thought to have magic powers that they use to do bad things) are thought to wear black and to have black cats. Black magic is believed to be magic that uses the power of the EVIL for evil purposes.
The black sheep of a family is a member of a family who chooses to live their life in a way that is different from the other members, and that they disapprove of.
In the UK and US, white is associated with purity and VIRGINITY (=the condition of never having had sex). Traditionally women wear long white dresses when they get married.
White is also associated with moral goodness. People imagine that the Christian god and his ANGELS (=spirits that live with god and have white wings) wear white, and that HEAVEN (=believed by Christians to be the home of god, where good Christians go when they die) is a place where there are many white clouds.
If someone's face looks as white as a sheet, they are pale because they are ill or very frightened.
A white flag is traditionally used by people fighting in a battle, to show they SURRENDER (=accept that they have been defeated).
In the US, the expression white-collar is used to talk about social class. A white-collar worker works in an office, bank etc. £≠compare BLUECOLLAR.