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Which color stands for Victory?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by paddycarol, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. paddycarol Senior Member

    Chinese, China
    Hi,everyone

    I got quite confused by the sentence below.

    We're going to paint the town ______ to celebrate our win.
    A. blue B. purple C. gold D. red


    So what color stands for victory in English?
     
  2. Indigo Girl Junior Member

    British Columbia
    Canada, English
    Hi there,

    In your example it would be (d) red

    However, blue can also show victory. For example, in a baking contest the winner would recieve a blue ribbon.
    Indigo Girl
     
  3. comsci

    comsci Senior Member

    Taiwan, Vancouver(B.C.) and the Rockies
    Mandarin, Taiwan(Yankees 40 Wang)
    To "paint the town RED" I would assume. :)
     
  4. paddycarol Senior Member

    Chinese, China
    Thank you both!
     
  5. paddycarol Senior Member

    Chinese, China
    It would be better if someone can give some further explanation. Share with me some stories of "red". Thank you in advance.
     
  6. comsci

    comsci Senior Member

    Taiwan, Vancouver(B.C.) and the Rockies
    Mandarin, Taiwan(Yankees 40 Wang)
  7. maxiogee Senior Member

    imithe
    The red in "paint the town red" is not standing for victory, the phrase in a synonym for 'celebrate'. Nothing is actually going to be painted.
     
  8. Tabac Senior Member

    Pacific Northwest (USA)
    U. S. - English
    To paint the town red is to celebrate. Victory, happiness, joy, whatever the occasion.
     
  9. AWordLover

    AWordLover Senior Member

    Atlanta, Georgia USA
    USA English
    I think the answer is red.
    I've been doing some quick research online to get the origin of the phrase "paint the town red". The most common explanation I found is

    But there are many explanations. This one has the merit of linking the color red to victory, which supports my answer. :D
     
  10. Orange Blossom Senior Member

    U.S.A. English
    If I saw that sentence I'd be mightily confused too. I'd wonder which team had won and what their colors were. In Bloomington, the Panthers would paint things purple; whereas, the Hoosiers would paint things cream and crimson.

    According to the site AWordLover provided, I would interpret the phrase to mean, "We're going to go drinking (and probably get drunk) to celebrate our win."

    Orange Blossom
     
  11. AWordLover

    AWordLover Senior Member

    Atlanta, Georgia USA
    USA English
    Sorry for the confusion I caused. Maxiogee had already explained the meaning of "paint the town read". This is a fixed expression which I have frequently heard used.
     

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