I've seen in the English language that colors are used to signify what a person feels or a condition that person exists in (i.e. 'blue' referring to sadness and 'red' referring to anger.) I also know of a German example:

Ich bin blau

which idiomatically translates to "I am drunk."

What other languages use colours for this purpose? Is it a common occurrence?


In Italian we say "sono al verde" when we don't have money (verde = green), and "la vedo grigia" literally I see it gray (gray = grigio) to mean something difficult to do or to realize.

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