Blue blazes

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5 comments on this post.
  1. Abhishek Roy:

    Came across this site by accident or say by serendipity but loving it.The origin of limelight was awesome.Never had a clue about that.

  2. John:

    Your response ignores the maritime connection of the term, specifically that from Melville.


  3. Dena Gray:

    I wonder at the possible connection to the blue flames in Romania, once rumored to be connected to unholy ground but now known otherwise:

    1. Living Fires in Lopatari, Buzau County

    The Living Fires (Focurile Vii in Romanian) can be found in the Romanian village of Lopatari, Buzau County, in Slanicului Valley, 56 km away from Buzau city. Living Fires can be as high as 20 cm and represent a natural phenomenon unique in Europe. They are blue flames burning in places where the soil is cracked and kept alive because of the gas that comes to surface.

  4. sqeptiq:

    Interesting that on major trails like the Appalachian Trail, the trail is marked by white blazes on trees, rocks, etc., while side trails or connectors are marked with blue blazes. When one is off the main trail, one is “blue blazing.” Another use of the term is when traveling by boat on a river or lake instead of following the white blazed trail, one is said to be blue blazing.

  5. deadbrainwalking:

    Bleu was frequently used as a substitute for Dieu in French curse phrases, particularly when the phrase was offensive. The most well-known being sacrebleu, which would mean sacred [God]. In common English parlance we use all manner of substitutions like jeez, or sadly heard sometimes we’ve got Cheese and Crackers. Haha Blue is used in some other curse phrases like “what in the blue hell” or “blue f—“, so I’m wondering if the usage of the word blue in curse phrases was adopted from the French portion of the English language. Just a thought.

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