Posted by ESC on February 23, 2004
In Reply to: Thank you very much Bob posted by Miri Barak on February 23, 2004
: : : "She is like the *purple elephant".
: : : Does anyone knows why it is considered as a compliment?
: : : then he says she has a wonderful personality.
: : : Thanks a lot
: : Hard to say without more context, but there is a common remark about "the elephant in the room," something it is impossible to ignore. A purple elephant, in this context might mean someone so larger-than-life, so unusual, that one cannot possibly ignore it. Or her.
I paged through a few children's poems and rhymes books on the off chance that there was a purple elephant poem. No luck. Maybe I'll write one.