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Yellow Fever

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Etymology and definitions*

The word “yellow” comes from the Old English geolu, or geolwe which derived from the Proto-Germanic word gelwaz. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the oldest known use of this word in English is from The Epinal Glossary in the year 700.

In the English language, yellow has traditionally been associated with jaundice and cowardice. Yellow is associated with the word “caution” and is the second light on stop lights. The color is associated with aging as well, for both people and objects (e.g. “yellowed” paper). Ethnographically, the term “yellow” has been used as a slang term for both Asians (“yellow peril”) and, in the early 20th century, light-skinned African-Americans (High yellow).

“Yellow” (“giallo”), in Italy, refers to crime stories, both fictional and real. This association began in about 1930, when the first series of crime novels published in Italy had yellow covers. The term “yellow movie” can refer to films of pornographic nature in Chinese culture, and is analogous to the English “blue movie”. Lastly, it is associated with sensational journalistic practices, or yellow journalism, and resistance to militant trade unions.

*Taken from Wikipedia

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Picture shows Anu’s laundry, drying in the yard.

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6 responses

  1. In the language of dreams, yellow can be indicative of the mind, hope or gift of God.

    The image and music are all gift!

    February 3, 2012 at 11:20 am

    • The language of such inspiring hopes, dreams and gifts..

      February 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm

  2. toniannealyn

    Such a lovely colour with negative ideas attached to it. So sad. I can’t open the music…

    February 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    • It’s interesting how so many colours also have negative associations..

      Sorry you cannot open the music clip. It still seems to be working fine here in Cochin.

      February 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm

  3. JGP

    What a dramatic photographic effect this software produces!

    February 4, 2012 at 4:06 am

    • It’s surprised me too.

      Initially the camera’s new software seemed just a gimmick, but now I find it quite intriguing – especially as the resulting image is often not at all what I anticipate.

      I also wonder if the drama such shots produce is cheating in some way – masking the weaknesses in composition, or light and shade, by a sudden splash of unexpected colour!

      February 4, 2012 at 8:01 am

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