Why Are Blackboards Green, Mommy?

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on email
Email

During our bedtime story-telling the other night, my 6-year-old son asked me a question after hearing the word “blackboard.”

Justin: Mommy, why is it called a blackboard when it’s colored green? It should be called a “greenboard” instead.

Mommy: Hmmm, good point! I’m not really sure why, Justin, but I’m going to research about that tomorrow.

Well, I forgot to do my online research yesterday because I was so busy, but hey, I did my job, and here’s what I found out:

According to whycenter.com, blackboards were initially colored black because they’re made of sheets of black or dark grey slate. They later changed the color of the board to green because it’s easy on the eyes; the color green relaxes eye muscles and prevents eye fatigue.

As to why they did not change the name “blackboard” to “greenboard,” some people say that the word “blackboard” stuck, while others believe that the name wasn’t changed anymore so as not to confuse people.

There! I learned something new today, all thanks to my son’s intriguing question.

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on email
Email

6 Responses

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This blog was originally put up to document my son’s growing-up milestones, all for posterity’s sake. But there are other things to write about, aside from “mommyhood,” that merit my attention, and I’m including them all here. This blog now chronicles my life as a mom and a wife and everything else in between. For collabs, please email tgfiguerres@yahoo.com.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG

MY BOOK IS OUT NOW

I am so proud to introduce the collection of some my best written works from this personal blog, Pensive Thoughts.

VISIT MY FOOD BLOG

RECENT POSTS

PROUD MEMBER

Mommy Bloggers Philippines