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In the pink

Posted by Paul Davis on January 11, 2011 at 10:49

Concerning the phrase 'in the pink'; an officer candidate at Sandhurst is asked to solve a tactical problem; his solution is compared to the 'school solution'; without discussion, the right answers to the exercise are said to be in the 'school solution'; the school or official or right answer is printred on pink paper ... the right answer is 'in the pink' ... could this be the/an origin of the phrase? (reference John Keegan's "Face of Battle" pp 19)