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#1 2014-07-03 19:28:05

Peter Forster
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From: UK
Registered: 2006-09-06
Posts: 827

'Asia blue' for 'azure blue'

Among all the rottweilers and pitbulls, cars spas and Indian restaurants which appear to have some connection to Asia blue, sometimes something eggcornish must surely be afoot.

In the 1970s I ran a sports racer that was built in 1957—I asked the builder of the car what was the original colour and he said “Asia Blue-from Ford”. I spent days trying to find the colour at all the local paint suppliers until somebody said “You mean Azure Blue” and sure enough that was it.

he’d seen a Holden sedan of Bright Asia Blue colour which was in the vicinity and so enquiries were made around the vicinity and it was discovered that… had a vehicle which was a Holden, Bright Asia Blue coloured sedan which he’d sold a week or so after the abduction.

BEAUTIFUL PAIR OF ASIA BLUE COLOUR SCANDINAVIAN HAND BLOWN CRYSTAL VASES 1970’S in Pottery, Glass, Glass, Crystal

Asia Blue Granite, You Can Buy Various High Quality Asia Blue Granite Products from Global Asia Blue Granite Suppliers and Asia Blue Granite Manufacturers .

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#2 2014-07-10 13:02:24

DavidTuggy
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From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-12
Posts: 1796
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Re: 'Asia blue' for 'azure blue'

Do they pronounce Asia as [‘æʒə] instead of [‘eʲʒə], then? (æ is the ‘short a’ vowel in “mash”, eʲ the ‘long a’ vowel of “pace” (in my dialect, anyway!))


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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#3 2014-07-10 16:31:46

Peter Forster
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From: UK
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Posts: 827

Re: 'Asia blue' for 'azure blue'

I first came across this in the late 1970s when I made the mistake of calling into a public house in Gateshead called The Azure Blue. At the time it was a much like a Star Wars bar, but without the charm, stimulation or tasteful decor. I didn’t stay long, having left my nearby home without a lightsabre, but it was clear that my pronunciation of azure excited a definite belligerence.
They insisted that Asia and azure were pronounced identically, to rhyme – more or less – with, perhaps, aphasia. It really wasn’t clear, and I didn’t press the point, that they realised the two words meant different things. I’ve revisited it because I’m at a loss to explain why Asia blue should be such a common descriptive term unless azure blue is commonly mispronounced and thereby creating eggcornish misinterpretations.

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#4 2014-07-10 23:12:27

DavidTuggy
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From: Mexico
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Re: 'Asia blue' for 'azure blue'

OK, so it’s azure that’s pronounced [‘eʲʒə]. Makes sense. In any case, bizarre!


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

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