intrepidguideI was ‘tickled pink’ while exploring Notting Hill. This common #idiom has nothing to do with being tickeled so much that your face turns pink. Instead, the colour #pink has long been associated with good health. Someone who is 'in the pink' is in good health, for the simple reason that having a pink complexion has traditionally been regarded as a sign of health, while a pale, washed-out expression is unhealthy.
Whatsmore, the tickling here doesn't refer to the light touching of the skin, but the figurative sense of the word that means 'to give pleasure or gratify'. The tickling pink concept refers to the enjoyment great enough to make the recipient glow with pleasure.
It's hard to say when this expression came into common usage but it seems that it didn't originate much before 1910.
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