2436Caught w/o yer green, mate? (WAS Re: Glaring errors on May? (WAS Re: [Paternosters] Over the Shoulder))
- Sep 6, 2013Thanks for the response. And a little Net hunting supports your doubts,
gives a very different origin story, sourced to a specific book of 1752
that dates the expression to the 13th c. w/o reference to any royal court.
http://historique.fracademic.com/22537/vert similarly makes it leaves
and a game, not clothing and a prince.
This based mostly on Google Translate's versions. I don't really read
On 9/5/2013 7:26 PM, Chris Laning quoted from the commentary:
> "On that day one had to wear green at the risk of being ridiculed. This is the origin of the expression "Je vous prends sans vert" ("I've caught you napping")."
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