It's been a while since I post a blog under the 'Did You Know?' series. So here it comes for the first 'Did You Know?' series in 2014. It's all about the colour red.

1. Caught Red Handed

The meaning of caught red handed is to be caught in the act of committing a misdemeanour with the evidence. The origin of the phrase can be traced back to the Scotland in the 15th century. It was believed to refer to people who had been caught with blood for murders or poaching.

The phrase 'red hand' was first mentioned in Scottish Act of Parliament of James I written in 1462. After that it appeared in many Scottish legal proceedings. It became widely used after it's being used in Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe in 1819.

Example of a sentence using 'caught red handed' is "WMW was caught red handed trying to pass a take out dinner as her own cooking when Sima found the take out boxes in the trash can"

2. As Red As Carpaccio

Carpaccio is an Italian word as well as an Italian dish of raw meat such as beef, veal or venison; or fish such as salmon or tuna, and mainly served as appetizer. The dish was named after an Italian painter Vitorre Carpaccio who loved the colour red and white in his paintings. 

3. Red Herring

Red herring is an idiom which referring to something that misleads or distracting from the relevant information or issues. There are various theories on the origins of this idiom. One of the theories was that in 1800s, fugitives would a herring across their trail, which diverted the attention of bloodhounds that were pursuing them.

Another similar theory was from the practice of using the oily and smelly herrings to lay false trails for hunting dogs. 

Example of a sentence using 'red herring' is "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle loved to throw a few red herring in his novels to keep readers guessing".

Click here for more examples of usage of red herring in different circumstances.

You may add other idioms/phrases/sayings which contain the colour red, and I will add it in this blog.

Additional idioms/phrases which had been added by EC Members:-

1. Roll out the red carpet (Luzzi) - to give someone some treatment befitting royalty or it also means to give someone, most of the time someone important, a special treatment.

2. Red-letter day (Anele) - means a significant or an important day

3. Red card (Barbare) - means that being sent off from a field/game

4. Red-faced (Expector Smith) - means flushed with embarrassment or anger

5. Red-blooded (Mr. Bob) - means strong and highly spirited. It also can connote vigorous or virile.

6. Paint the town red (Galina) - means to go out (party) and enjoy oneself enormously or flamboyantly.

7. Red tape (BalaSheila) - means excessive of bureaucracy or adherence to official rules and formalities.

8. Red as cherry (Galina) - means bright red

9. Go beet red/Go as red as beet (Galina) - means to become very red in the face, usually because you're embarrassed. 


My other Did You Know? series:-

1. Did You Know?;  2. Continuation;  3. Another Continuation;  4. Not Another Continuation!; 5. Gosh! Will It Never Ends?;  6. Oh No! Not Another One!;  7. Here Comes Another One;  8. Another One?;  9. One, Two, Eighty Six?; 10. Punishment? OMG!; 11. Is This A Swan Song?;  12 John Has It All?; 13. It's All In The Myth;  14. This Is Random;  15. It's A Dog's World;  16.  It's Also A Cat's World;  17. Is It A Mouse World Too?;  18. Dutch Flavour;  19. It's The Greek Flavour;  20. It's All Greek;  21. All That Gold; 22. It's A Horsey Year

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Comment by BalaSheila from India on July 16, 2014 at 5:04

Thank you Lady Cat....

Comment by noaslpls on July 15, 2014 at 15:41

Galina, rambutan tastes sweet. I am not sure if you can find some canned rambutan over there. 

Red square, all this while I thought it was aptly named for the magnificent 'red building';(is it a church or cathedral?) next to the square. I never thought it was meant to refer as 'beautiful'. Thank you once again for sharing such wonderful story, Galina. 

Comment by Prostomolotova Galina on July 15, 2014 at 6:02

Wow! What scary fruit! So unusual and funny! The phrase:"...rambutan is something like lychee.." doesn't explain anything for me. LOL. Here in Russia we have neither 'rambutan' nor 'lychee', but I think both of them are delicious. How do they taste? I haven't seen them even in the supermarkets. The only chance to taste them is to visit Malaysia.

Noas, and one more thing concerning the colour 'red'. I can't help mentioning it. In ancient Russia 'red' meant 'beautiful'. That's why the most famous square in Moscow is called Red square. It doesn't mean it's red in colour. When in the past people gave this name, they meant 'beautiful'. Also we have such word combinations as 'krasny devitsy' ('red girls' = 'beautiful girls'), 'vesna krasna' (red spring = beautiful spring) and so on.

Red square in Moscow ( main square in Russia):

Comment by noaslpls on July 15, 2014 at 3:07

WOW Galina, another wonderful information that you've shared with us in here. Red fruits? Hmm .. I love watermelon, tomatoes and rambutan. I put the photo of rambutan in here. It's something like lychee but with hairy skins. LOL.

Comment by Prostomolotova Galina on July 14, 2014 at 19:02

Wow! Noas, thanks a lot for such a gorgeous flower! I haven’t seen such flowers in my life.

 I’d like to add some more facts about the red colour. Now it concerns red foods ( fruit, vegetables). Red foods get you moving. They give you that extra boost when you really need it the most. What's more, eating foods in this group will protect you from many serious illnesses ( antioxidants found in red foods help to reduce the risk of cancer).and can keep older people active for longer. So, try to include red foods in your diet: raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, cherries, pomegranates, apples, grapes, rhubarb, pink grapefruit, watermelon, guava, tomatoes, peppers, radishes. Do you have your favourite red fruit and vegetables?

Idioms connected with fruits, vegetables:

red as a cherry (bright red)

go beet red/ go as red as a beet  (to become very red in the face, usually because you are embarrassed)

Comment by noaslpls on July 14, 2014 at 17:08

My dearest tweetiest friend Bala,

I miss you. I miss your comments. I miss your tweets. Thank you for adding another term which using the colour red. I will add it in my blog.

By the way, have you seen a red Tweety?

Comment by noaslpls on July 14, 2014 at 17:02

Dear Galina,

Thank you for such wonderful explanation about the colour red and what it represents. And, thank you for such wonderful wonderful coral bracelet and earrings. Definitely, I can paint the town red with such wonderful gift.

Here is a red flower for you. I don't know its name, but I think the colour really reflects the coral bracelet and earrings.

Comment by noaslpls on July 14, 2014 at 16:54

Thank you Mr. Bob. Yeah, I do hope every red-blooded EC members would appreciate it too. :) At least I hope none of EC members are from Zombie's fraternity. :) :D :D  

Comment by BalaSheila from India on July 14, 2014 at 10:23

"Red tape" is the colour of binding tape of the Government files in which the papers are kept tied up. The word is used for delay in moving the papers in Government Departments.  The more number of files indicate slow work, which is a bad sign for the economy...

Noas.... Have u seen "Red Cat" ?

Comment by Prostomolotova Galina on July 14, 2014 at 7:46

Hi, Noas!

Red colour always attracts our attention. A good choice to write a blog! Red is the colour of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. It has very high visibility, which is why stop signs, stoplights, and fire equipment are usually painted red. In heraldry, red is used to indicate courage. It is a color found in many national flags (including Russian).

Light red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love.

Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, and wrath.

Red is the colour of blood, and as such has strong symbolism as life and vitality. It brings focus to the essence of life and living with emphasis on survival.

Put some red in your life when you want:

increased enthusiasm and interest

more energy

action and confidence to go after your dreams

protection from fears and anxieties

Red gemstones can be used to strengthen the body, promote will power and courage, add vitality. To get it you should  carry or place red gemstones around your home or office to stimulate vitality and energy.

Noas, I’d like to give you a present: a coral bracelet and earrings

Hope you like it! And now some suggestion! Let's wear red dresses and red gemstones and paint the town red! As it's summer, it's the end of FIFA ( many people consider it the most exciting in history) and simply because the life is beautiful!

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