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What Is the Meaning of 'Blue Blood' (and Other 'Blue' Phrases)?

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Bonnie Mills, Writing for
8-minute read
Episode #492
What is the meaning of blue blood

References

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2. NPR.org. “The Color Of Politics: How Did Red And Blue States Come To Be?” http://www.npr.org/2014/11/13/363762677/the-color-of-politics-how-did-red-and-blue-states-come-to-be. Accessed November 16, 2015.

3. The Free Dictionary.com. “Blue in the face.” http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/blue+in+the+face. Accessed November 16, 2015.

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8. Superbeefy.com. “What Does the Expression 'Blue Plate Special' Mean and Where Did the Phrase Originate?” http://superbeefy.com/what-does-the-expression-blue-plate-special-mean-and-where-did-the-phrase-originate/. Accessed November 16, 2015.

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13. Webexhibits.org. Pigments through the Ages. “Symbolism of the Color Blue.” http://www.webexhibits.org/pigments/intro/blues.html. Accessed November 16, 2015.

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15. Quora.com. “How did the term 'Blue Blood' come about?” https://www.quora.com/How-did-the-term-Blue-Blood-come-about. Accessed November 16, 2015.

16. Royal Society of Chemistry website. “Chemistry behind the 'blue man' unlocked.” http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2012/11/chemistry-blue-man-argyria-colloidal-silver. Accessed November 16, 2015.

17. Abovetopsecret.com. “Blue skinned mummies and the Royal Blue Bloodline.” http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread995172/pg1. Accessed November 16, 2015.

18. MedicineNet.com. “Definition of Methemoglobinemia.” http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=15735. Accessed November 16, 2015.

19. Phrases.org. “Once in a blue moon.” http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/once-in-a-blue-moon.html. Accessed November 16, 2015.

20. Timeanddate.com. “When is the Next Blue Moon?” http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/blue-moon.html. Accessed November 16, 2015.

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29. Dictionary.com. “In a blue funk.” http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/blue-funk--in-a. Accessed November 16, 2015.

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31. UrbanDictionary.com. “Blue Christmas.” http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Blue+Christmas. Accessed November 16, 2015.

32. SongFacts.com. “Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley.” http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2407. Accessed November 16, 2015.

33. MentalFloss.com. “Why Are Blue and White the Hanukkah Colors?” http://mentalfloss.com/article/31820/why-are-blue-and-white-hanukkah-colors. Accessed November 16, 2015.

34. Chabad.org. “Techelet (Blue Thread).” http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/530127/jewish/Techelet-Blue-Thread.htm. Accessed November 16, 2015.

 

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Bonnie Mills, Writing for Grammar Girl

Bonnie Mills has been a copyeditor since 1996.