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The Blogging From A to Z April Challenge: V is for Verdigris

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

My posts in the The Blogging From A to Z April Challenge are all about interesting words. Words that are weird, intriguing, poetic or just plain cool ...

V is for Verdigris

Verdigris is the blue-green patina formed on copper, brass or bronze when it is exposed to air or water for a long time.

The word derives from the Old French phrase verte grez, meaning green of Greece. Why Greece? Actually, that's not clear. It could be because verdigris  was used as a pigment by artists and so would presumably have been employed by Greek painters in antiquity. Or perhaps not.

Still, it's a nice word. Hard to imagine a gothic novel without it ...

Archaeopteryx Blunderbuss Chthonic Dreadnought Entropy Fulgurite Gargantua Humbucking Ichthyic Juggernaut Kappa Labyrinthine Megrim Numinous Ophidian Pandemonium Quark Ragnarök Shibboleth Thing Umami Verdigris


  1. Verdigris is a new one for me. And the lady in the picture...I feel like I've seen her before...(;
    A-Z is almost over, only 4 more posts, hard to believe.

  2. I like the picture you chose to illustrate your word of the day. Never heard the word verdigris before but it has a nice ring to it. Theme: A World of Crime

  3. Elise - I know, it's flown by. Haven't a clue what I'm doing for W though...

    Gail - Glad it was of interest!

  4. Trust the French to confuse the issue! LOL! Oh I'm kidding!!!!
    Love this - so oooh-la-la! Take care

  5. Old Kitty - Indeed! It's intriguing too. I'd love to know why they started saying "green of Greece".

  6. Nice word Simon. :) I had not heard of the word before your post...or at least I do not remember it. Like the sound of it though and it's interesting that there is a term for that lovely green patina. :)

  7. Tracy - It's not far from the color of your hair judging by your profile!

  8. I didn't even know there was a name for that! thanks for the new word, Simon!

  9. Thanks for expanding my vocabulary this month, Simon!

  10. Verdigris. I always associated the word with vertigo before. :P

    The Golden Eagle
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  11. Hadn't heard of this one, but it makes perfect sense now!

  12. Thanks, guys. Glad it was informative!

  13. Hi Simon .. Verdigris is around everywhere .. cheers Hilary


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