The many uses of 'blue' within the English Language by Bev Sisson - Teacher of English as a Second Language

The many uses of 'blue' within the English Language

Blue is more than just a colour.

You can:

  • sing it - The 'blues': Muddy Waters
  • wear it - A blue hat
  • feel it - depressed, down in the dumps
  • see it - the bird came out of the blue and flew into my windscreen
  • do it - dye, tint or paint
  • watch it - x rated movie
  • eat it -  cheese: Stilton
  • say it -  cursing, swearing: the air is blue

Blue grammar:

Blue can be a noun, adjective or verb:

Noun: a color whose hue is that of the clear sky or that of the portion of the color spectrum lying between green and violet

  1. Blue is his favorite color.
  2. Shades of blue

Adjective: If you do something until you are blue in the face, you do it for a very long time without having any success or making any difference.
  1. I talked to him until I was blue in the face, but he wouldn't listen to me.
  2. He is feeling blue

Verb: to make or become blue
  1. They blued the shirts of their uniforms.
  2. They dyed their hair blue (blued)

Blue is very versitile, it can make you feel sad or inspired, it can be the colour of the sky in Summer or Winter.  The sea can be azur or almost black, why do children always colour a drop of water in blue?  Elvis Presley loved his blue suede shoes, Levi's created jeans, blue jeans. The largest mammal is blue, Brides wear something blue.  Smarties are best in blue and Fanta makes blue soda. Eyes can be blue, why is raspberry flavour blue? 

What is blue and smells like red paint?
Blue paint!

Men favour blue as a colour, but....
Not Keith Urban, he says "blue aint your colour"


Blue looks good on the sky
Looks good on that neon buzzin' on the wall
But, darling, it don't match your eyes
I'm tellin' you
You don't need that guy
It's so black and white
He's stealin' your thunder
Baby, blue ain't your color



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