A term coined by Blanche Devereaux from the sitcom The Golden Girls. She describes it as so many negative emotions trampling each other that it's hard to know what exactly you're feeling. You're not entirely sad, so not blue. You're not entirely jealous, so not green. You're not entirely afraid, so not yellow. And you're not entirely angry, so not red. It's a mix of all of them, and some can be more present than others. Blanche used magenta to describe a feeling she hates because she dislikes the color magenta.
Dorothy: I was feeling jealous and lonely and God knows what else.
Blanche: Magenta.
Dorothy: Excuse me?
Blanche: Feeling magenta. That's what I call it when I get that way. All kinds of feelings tumbling all over themselves. I hate that feeling! I just hate it! And I hate the color magenta. That's why I named it that.
by countbessie February 28, 2023
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