- In the 1990s, a fashion arose for wearing a small loop of coloured ribbon on one's lapel to declare support for some suffering or victimized group. The first and best known is the red Aids Awareness ribbon launched in New York in 1991, and almost immediately adopted in Britain. It was quickly followed by pink or blue ones for cancer victims, and then by others for various political causes: yellow ones to demand the release of hostages or those unjustly imprisoned, again on an American model; green in support of Irish political prisoners; purple for animal rights campaigners; 'rainbow' for racial tolerance, and also for homosexual equality; dark blue or black in mourning for public disasters. In 1995, Lewisham Town Council gave out free blue lapel ribbons to express awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving (FLS News 22 (1995), 8-9; 23 (1996), 10). Although so new, the custom draws on an older 'language' of distinctively coloured markers worn on the lapel or stitched to the clothing - examples would include the rosettes of political parties, the Blue Ribbon badge of the Victorian temperance movement, black arm-bands or patches sown on to men's jackets in *mourning, fabric *poppies and *Alexandra Day roses tucked in the lapel buttonhole. A more remote precursor would be the coloured 'favours' which Phillip Stubbes in his Anatomie of Abuses (1583) says were worn at *Midsummer revels. After several decades in which metal badges and stick-on labels predominated, ribbon, the oldest medium for such displays, is enjoying a resurgence.
A Dictionary of English folklore. Jacqueline Simpson & Steve Roud. 2014.
Look at other dictionaries:
Ribbons — Distinctions de l armée suisse Les différentes distinctions militaires suisses (appelées ribbons) peuvent être des insignes de prestation de service, des distinctions ou des insignes d engagement. Sommaire 1 Insigne de prestation de service 2… … Wikipédia en Français
ribbons — ribÂ·bon || rÉªbÉ™n n. strip of material used for decoration; shred, torn strip of material … English contemporary dictionary
ribbons — robbins … Anagrams dictionary
RIBBONS — … Useful english dictionary
Ribbons and Sugar — Infobox Album | Name = Ribbons and Sugar Type = Album Artist = Gatsbys American Dream Released = July 22, 2003 Recorded = Genre = Progressive / Symphonic rock Length = 29:34 Label = Rocketstar Recordings Producer = James Paul Wisner Reviews =… … Wikipedia
Ribbons Almark — Infobox animanga character name = Ribbons Almark series = Mobile Suit Gundam 00 caption = first = Episode 1, Celestial Being last = creator = voiced by = Noboru Sougetsucite web|url=http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8190|ti… … Wikipedia
Ribbons of the French military and civil awards — Here stands a list of the ribbons of the French military and civil awards The French Order of ChivalryThe other awardsee also* Order (decoration) * State decoration Sources * Les décorations françaises ISBN 2 911468 99 6 * [http://www.france… … Wikipedia
List of awareness ribbons — This is a list of awareness ribbons. The meaning behind the awareness ribbon depends on its color or colors. Many groups have adopted ribbons as symbols of support or awareness, and as a result, many causes often share each color. Some causes may … Wikipedia
Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) — is a popular song.The music was written by Evelyn Danzig, the lyrics by Jack Segal, at Ms. Danzig s home on Long Island. The song was published in 1949.The song is a supernatural tale of a little girl praying before she goes to bed that God… … Wikipedia
cut something to ribbons — cut/tear etc something to ribbons phrase to cut/tear etc something very badly The curtains were torn to ribbons. Thesaurus: to tear something, or to be tornsynonym cutting, cuts and relating to cuttinghyponym to destroy or severely damage… … Useful english dictionary