It’s such a beautiful colour, isn’t it? It’s reminiscent of spring: daffodils, crocus, primroses.
I find it strange
therefore that the colour has negative connotations. A yellow-belly is a
cowardly person. A hospital in quarantine would fly a yellow flag. For many
years there was a xenophobic fear of eastern races labelled the yellow peril. Someone
with a yellow streak has a tendency to dastardly behaviour.
meaning, and not one I recognised, was that yellow can mean sensational. A
yellow-back was a cheap, sensational novel common in the 19th century.
meant newspapers abounding in exaggerated and sensational articles. I can think
of many magazines today which fit that description, albeit not many of them use
the colour yellow as part of their branding. I’ve recently taken out a
subscription with Readly which provides access online to hundreds of different
publications. Some are highly sensationalised, others not so.
They may not
all be magazines I would choose to read but a little research reveals many will
pay for readers’ letters, photographs and helpful hints. So on the days when I find
it difficult to focus on longer pieces of writing, I intend to send in my
contributions. I may even win some prizes for doing so. Now wouldn’t that be