Posted by Victoria S Dennis on July 02, 2005
In Reply to: A bit magnolia posted by Smokey Stover on July 02, 2005
: : : What means "a bit magnolia"? As far as I see, it is connected with the plant or its flower, but what quality of it is the expression referred to?
: : I am not 100% on this but I think I heard it used to describe something that is very showy and somewhat extravagant.
: "As far as I can see"? If you read this somewhere, then you know the context, for which we would all be grateful, as it makes a huge difference. It could refer to a scent--"a bit like magnolia." It could refer to a lady--nicely scented, and with a touch of the Old South. SS
Context, what's the context? In the UK, the colour "magnolia" is the paint colour of choice for the walls of furnished apartments, conference suites, student rooms, and anywhere else where you are deliberately trying not to achieve a characterful and interesting decor. So "a bit magnolia" could mean "bland, inoffensive, unadventurous, trying not to offend anybody". VSD