Its often said "It’s always greener on the other side.


Jealousy is often referred to a “the green eyed monster, the roots of this saying comes from,  as do many many others Mr. William Shakespeare, he used it in a few of his plays including the speech by Iago in Othello.

“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;

It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock”

Shakespeare used it also in The Merchant of Venice

Another link between green and jealousy comes Envy, you must have heard the saying “He’s green with Envy” once again I will quote from the bard, this time it’s from the classic Henry VI with the lines

When Envy breeds unkind division:

There comes the ruin, there begins confusion

Let’s get away from the bard and travel across the pond to the colonies in the USA green is very much connected with money here because the colour of the mighty dollar is always green, “greenback” comes to mind, the reason is that although the front of the dollar bill is printed in black the back is green “Greenback” also the leaves on a tree are mostly green could this be why we sat “Money doesn’t grow on trees”

Green around the gills denotes that a person is ill or at least not well so here we have another account for Green, it could be that we use green for illness because bile can often be vomited as a bright green colour this is often the case when there is an obstruction of the intestines. A person is often green when seasick, here comes the boring stuff.

When a person gets seasick the red blood vessels in his face,(that’s what give a pink colour) makes their way to his stomach to support other blood cells overcome the sickness, leaving his face more of yellow colour, the now drained blood vessels give a bluish green colour, this when mixed with the yellow gives a green colour. (Now you know)


Now we get, going green the Green movement and even the Green party, because nature is predominately green anything to do with environment and protecting it is called green.

The sea is sometimes green, there is a festival in Wales called the green man festival, a song written by Claude “Curly” Putman, Jr and made famous by Tom Jones was call The green green grass of home, a  a fire engine used by the British Armed Forces;  was called  a green goddess, an inexperienced worker is call green, Flag of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (1977–2011) was just one colour Green

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  • girishpuri on Jul 27, 2012

    That’s true, well connected, thanks

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