Thursday Thoughts – Feeling Blue

What’s in a word? “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” says Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.

I have never questioned blue or the phrase ”feeling blue” before. The connection just feels …right. But, when I look it up in various dictionaries, the association has got many explanations. Here are some:

In Greek mythology, blue is associated with rain. When Zeus was sad or crying, he would make it rain. Thus, the connection between the colour and the feeling.

The use of blue to mean “sad” dates from the late 1300s

Geoffrey Chaucer used ‘blewe’ in his poem ”The Complaint of Mars”. He writes: ”Wyth teres blewe and with a wounded herte.”

Which basically translates to: ”With tears blue and with a wounded heart”.

A naval explanation might be the old custom followed by deepwater sailing ships – If the ship lost the captain or any of the officers during its voyage, she would fly blue flags and have a blue band painted along her entire hull when returning to home port.

A scientific explanation is the proximity of dark blue to black on the colour scale, and the results of two studies indicating that feeling sadness may actually change how we perceive colour.

But blue is beautiful. It is the colour of our planet Earth. The Blue Planet.

21 reaktioner på ”Thursday Thoughts – Feeling Blue

    • Great that you liked this too – I had never thought about it before. But, we don’t have that association or meaning in Swedish, so I guess that is why I looked it up.

  1. An interesting post, but I don’t find the colour blue sad at all, it is my favourite colour and especially these beautiful blues you have illustrated. What is better than a blue summer sky? Blue makes me happy.

  2. Beautiful images (especially the ones with tear-like raindrops) and back story to the color blue. I associate blue with (sad) songs – ”Blue” by Joni Mitchell is a gorgeous example. Sadness affecting how we perceive color…now that’s really interesting. I agree with you too – that blue is indeed beautiful.

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