Can you say you are tickled pink about something the same way as you can say you are happy about something?

  1. I wasn't tickled pink about being invited but I went regardless.

  2. I wasn't happy about being invited but I went regardless.

I haven't seen that preposition used with that idiom, it always seems to be followed by either 'by' or 'with'.

  • Use it wherever you would use happy. Because it's a participle and not an adjective, it's even better than happy, because you can't be happy by that gift, but you can be tickled pink by/about/with/over that gift! – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Aug 15 '16 at 2:03
  • tickled pink – user3169 Aug 15 '16 at 2:09
  • It should be noted that this idiom is more common in different regions. Of course it can be used anywhere, but when I hear the phrase, "tickled pink" I definitely think of the "South." – totallyuneekname Aug 15 '16 at 6:38

tickled pick
very happy

is an idiom and superlative which means very "happy", possibly giddy, and is usually used in a positive sense.

She was tickled pink to be admitted to the college of her choice.

the opposite would be

not very happy
not too happy

where a superlative is used to modify "happy".

Some prepositions which can be used used with "tickled pick"

tickled pink about
tickled pink with
tickled pink by


Tickled pink means being very much pleased or entertained. For example:

I was tickled pink to have you visit us.

We were tickled pink when your flowers arrived.


I was happy to have you visit us.

We were happy when your flowers arrived.

As happy (being pleased) means the same.

So they are interchangeable.

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