This post is really just a celebration of the word itself. Pronounced \sə-ˈrü-lē-ən\, the word is smooth, silky and soft. Every vowel, every consonant plays its role, none hiding in silence.
It’s a beautiful word, too. It starts with the softly curved C in its soft voice and eases into the second, strongest syllable, before the tall L partitions the word into two halves. Say the word. It almost begs to be savored.
Of course the word has meaning as well. It’s a blue color not so different from azure, and is especially useful for painting skies. In fact, I only knew of the word thanks to Cerulean Blue acrylic paint.
To round out this short, random-ish post, here are a couple facts about cerulean.
According to Wikipedia, “The first recorded use of cerulean blue as a color name in English was in 1859.” Also, cerulean was nominated by Pantone in 1999 as the “color of the millennium.” Pretty cool.