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Old 04-08-2008, 03:51 AM   #1
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Poking around at snopes.com, I came across the expression "red paper" which I'd never see before. I'm guessing it may be something like a free (news)paper, but cannot find any reference for iot.

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Poking around at snopes.com, I came across the expression "red paper" which I'd never see before. I'm guessing it may be something like a free (news)paper, but cannot find any reference for iot.

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No idea. At first I thought it might be a typo (though for what I couldn’t figure out), but it appeared again a line or two later in the same sense.

The associations I know of (beyond valentine hearts, of course) include Chinese New Year “good fortune” notes and posters, by tradition always printed on red paper.

And from decades ago, some U.S. newspapers were labeled as “red” (i.e., Commie aka Communist) papers. Maybe that notion has spun off to apply to the so-called “underground” or “entertainment” newspapers (usually weeklies)?

Could it be some sort of back-formation springing off “white paper”?

Curious. Maybe someone will tell us.

   
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Poking around at snopes.com, I came across the expression "red paper" which I'd never see before. I'm guessing it may be something like a free (news)paper, but cannot find any reference for iot.

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In the UK, the tabloid newspapers like the Sun and the Star, known for the occasional sensationalist report, are often referred to as red tops because they all have red banners on the top of their front pages. Don't know if a similar naming applies in the US.

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Interesting - but the term used here (twice) was not "red top" but "red paper". And the quote was obviously American (Florida). Still, it could be related.

   
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