something borrowed, something blue, something old...

2008-08-27 18:17:36

В фильмах несколько раз слышала выражение "something borrowed, something blue, something old, something new".
Например, в каком-то эпизоде "Друзей" герионя Кортни Кокс (Моника) говорит, что перед свадебной церемонией ей нужно что-то такое blue&borrowed и т.д. найти.
Что означает это выражение и в каких случаях оно употребляется?

2008-08-27 18:24:42

Вас тоже в гугле забанили? ;)

2008-08-27 18:42:51



"Something old refers to wearing something that represents a link with the bride's family and her old life. Usually, the bride wears a piece of family jewellery or maybe her mother's or grandmother's wedding dress.

Wearing something new represents good fortune and success in the bride's new life. The bride's wedding dress is usually chosen, if purchased new, but it can be any other new item of the bride's wedding attire.

Wearing something borrowed, which has already been worn by a happy bride at her wedding, is meant to bring good luck to the marriage. Something borrowed could be an item of bridal clothing, a handkerchief or an item of jewellery.

Wearing something blue dates back to biblical times when the colour blue was considered to represent purity and fidelity. Over time this has evolved from wearing a blue clothing to wearing a blue band around the bottom of the bride's dress and to modern times where the bride wears a blue or blue-trimmed garter.

Something means an item/object

Borrowed. You have been given something briefly by someone else who then wants it returned to them later.
Blue - the colour blue. In this case it means an item/object which is blue in colour.
Old - in this context someone some had a few years ago which is then given to the bride to wear
New - in this ontext something that has been bought from a shop (generally)

That is an oversimplification. You can take these words literally from any russian/english dictionary.

It means the bride's clothing must consist of these things. I think.
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