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Green Ink: The colour of eccentrics and spooks

Not being British like the rest of the Tiger Pens crew, I was fascinated a while back to learn that green ink is considered the medium of the lunatic fringe in the UK.

That little bit of lore became even more interesting recently when I heard that it is a long and continuing tradition for the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service to sign all documents in green ink.

The oddness of the idea that green ink bears so much meaning, and the ironic connection between the psychologically challenged and the professionally paranoid bore more investigation. How exactly did the colour green come to have such negative significance to the British? Continue reading