Cerulean BlueCerulean.

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.


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  • 04-03-2013 at 11:01 am
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    YAY. Love creulean. So glad you wrote about it. I considered color and then Cerulean. It truely is a favorite.

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    • 04-06-2013 at 1:40 pm
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      It IS a great color! It’s cool that you considered cerulean for your own word.

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  • 04-03-2013 at 11:22 am
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    Love how you showed your appreciation of the very word itself! I agree!

    🙂

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    • 04-06-2013 at 1:41 pm
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      Thanks! I wondered for a moment before posting if I was being inappropriately enthusiastic about the word.

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    • 04-06-2013 at 1:43 pm
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      I remember years ago when I played with paint that cerulean blue was one of my favorites. (Also, alizarin crimson)

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  • 04-03-2013 at 7:03 pm
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    I never thought about how pretty sounding cerulean was before, but you’re right!

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    • 04-06-2013 at 1:44 pm
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      I’m glad you think so!

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  • 04-03-2013 at 8:24 pm
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    I like the color, but you make a good point about the word itself. It’s just plain fun to say. I’ll have to work it into my conversations tomorrow.

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    • 04-06-2013 at 1:45 pm
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      So, did you work the word into your conversations? (That’s a fun idea, by the way.)

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