Color Me Surprised


What does Color Me Surprised mean?

Color me surprised is a widely used exclamation, used to express bewilderment by an unexpected occurrence.

It is the phrase equivalent of the Surprised Pikachu reaction image.


What's the origin of Color Me Surprised?

The phrase “Color me” can be linked to Ian & Sylvia Tyson, who included it in the lyrics of their song Calgary, singing “Color that jet plane going, color me gone”.

The popularity of the expression spread in the subsequent years, eventually spawning the phrase “Color me surprised” by the 1990’s.

Spread & Usage

How did Color Me Surprised spread?

By the turn of the millennium, “Color me surprised” was widespread across the Anglosphere, appearing in print, in books as well as films.

It was first defined on Urban Dictionary on June 29th, 2011.

As of 2022, it is stilly widely used online on reaction images and GIFs as well as a standalone phrase on social media sites and message boards.

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