|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
This week's theme: words with color as metaphors.
purple prose (PUR-puhl proz) noun
An overly ornate piece of writing.
[Two synonyms of the term are 'purple passage' and 'purple patch'. The idea comes from Latin pannus purpureus (purple patch), a phrase used by the poet Horace in his Ars Poetica (The Art of Poetry) to suggest a patch of royal fabric on an ordinary cloth, a brilliant piece of writing in an overall dull work. Purple was the color of choice by the royalty as the purple dye was the rarest and hence most expensive.]
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
"How much purple prose will they have to suffer through just to find the dang necklace?" Amanda Henry; King of the World? The Tampa Tribune (Florida); Dec 18, 2007.
Our heads are round so that thoughts can change direction. -Francis Picabia, painter and poet (1879-1953)
Contribute | Advertise
© 2014 Wordsmith