As "Blue Streak" was an expensive bomber-delivered (nuclear?) A favorite color used during these portions of her act was blue, so 'dipping into the blue,' as the common expression went, may well have come from this change in color of the spotlight." Some towns in the US still enforce “blue laws” forbidding or restricting certain activities on Sundays, but the origin of the term has been lost in the mists of time along with the Puritans who concocted the laws. Posted by Brad on February 18, 2008 at 09:33: In Reply to: Blue streak posted by Smokey Stover on February 15, 2008 at 01:30: : : : : : I have found several threads in the archives relating to the phrase "blue streak" or "curse a blue streak.". Meanwhile, as the stock exchange tumbles and staid “blue chip” stocks take a beating, it’s appropriate to note that “blue chip” meaning “top rank, best” comes from the highest denomination chips in the very un-staid game of poker, which are traditionally blue. : : As has already been pointed out, "talk a blue streak" doesn't mean "talk profanely", it means "talk fast and plenty". This would result in "cursing a blue streak". See also: blue, curse, streak To search for a specific phrase, put it between quotation marks. Origin? : : It is nothing but coincidence that we also have 'blue' (meaning 'indecent') language. According to the 'Dictionary of American Slang, 'blue' in the sense of risqué or bordering on the obscene has been current since about the turn of the century and it suggests that 'blue' got this meaning 'perhaps because the color blue is associated with burning brimstone.' cursing a blue streak phrase. Dear Word Detective:  I was wondering if you could help me find the origin of the phrase “blue streak” as in “talk a blue streak” or “curse a blue streak.”  The only thing I could find was that it might have something to do with lightning. In vaudeville there were the family or "legit" houses (as opposed to less reputable venues that might have featured strip tease, etc.). Onward. Your comments frequently make an invaluable contribution to the story of words and phrases in everyday usage over many years. : : : : : I know I have read this is several sources but am surprised there doesn't seem to be a lot on web about this. Thanks in advance. The "black and blue" definition still doesn't quite define it - it's a cooking style that relies on the term "blue" to already exist ("black on the outside, blue on the inside"). Good question, but before we begin, I would strongly advise against having anything to do with lightning, and I speak from personal experience. Anyone? And in early 1800s English Romantic writers wrote of lady intellectuals as “Bluestockings” (likely because they wore them), and for short “the Blues.” (E.g., Byron’s witty Hudibrastic rhyme “Ye lords of ladies intellectual, in truth, have they not henpecked you all?” So blue (dark shades of melancholy to “baby” or “sky” light tints) seems to be the color of thought, in its complete range of emotional tenors (from anguished to lightly, innocently, purely pleasant) and intensities (expressed on a scale of admixtures from black to white). All content on this website, including dictionary, thesaurus, literature, geography, and other reference data is for informational purposes only. This is the easiest way to find a column on a particular word or phrase. "run a blue streak" by Michelina Burchfield Report definition Igniting your very own fart. Please note that comments are moderated, and will sometimes take a few days to appear. maybe earlier); moreover the practice was widely shared among theater professionals, and so would have been readily understood as a reference point, unlike the rerprimand from manager to performer, which would have varied from company to company even if there were any formal systems at all.

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