Blew - blue

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Blew and blue are two homophones which can be confused.

  • Blew is the past tense form of the irregular verb, to blow.
  • Blue, which may be an adjective or a noun, is a colour.
    • Figuratively, the blues is a mood of sadness, which is reflected in the name of a style of music associated with African-American musicians in the Southern states of the USA.
    • The verb to blue has various technical meanings. In laundry, it is to add an agent to the wash which by giving a slight blue colour to the garments helps to create an illusion of pure whiteness. In metal-working, 'blued steel' is associated with the barrels of hand-guns.