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I thought either color or flower "violet" was supposed to be purple. Does violet consider "blue" in Western culture?

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Rebecca

You are correct! "Violet" does usually refer to the colour purple! In this case, the phrase "violets are blue" comes from a well-known poem in Western culture. Which goes, "Roses are red. Violets are blue. Sugar is sweet, and so are you!". In using the phrase "violets are blue", the video references the poem. It is also common to make different versions of this poem. Ex: Roses are red. Violets are blue. I've been happy, since I got rid of you! Ex: Roses are red. Violets are blue. I'd love some pie, how about you?

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