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August 16th, 2009

For centuries, people have associated the color green with the still new and unripe. Apples and berries, for instance, first appear green before they turn red. A derivative of this understanding, the term greenhorn goes back to the 1400s, originally used as a reference to the new horns on young oxen. Over the years, this phrase carried into more popular usage, indicating new military recruits, or anyone just entering a particular trade or business--all of them referring to the na ve and inexperienced. "When I first entered the stock market 30 years ago I had a lot to learn. Though I felt like an expert, I was just a greenhorn."