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blue

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 1999 12:00 am
by Archived Topic
I would like to know the origin of the word blue. Did it ever mean anything other than the color it describes.
Submitted by Peggy Gramarossa (West Allis - U.S.A.)

blue

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 1999 8:00 am
by Jonathon Green
Middle English (mid-11C-mid-15C) has 'blew', and Old French 'bleu', and blue's origins and parallels can be found there and in a number of Romance languages (e.g. early forms of Portuguese/Spanish/Italian/Medieval Latin). There was an Anglo-Saxon 'bláw' but this apparently faded prior to Middle English, which drew more on Old Norse 'blá', in sense of ‘lividus’, leaden-coloured, and French 'bleu' in sense of ‘cæruleus’, sky-blue.